Yvonne Gabriel, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Yvonne has been working at Eagle House Group since 2009; starting as deputy head teacher at our primary school in Mitcham and then subsequently at our secondary school in Sutton.

“I started working with children with autism over 25 years ago when I was a welfare assistant in a specialist school in West London. From there, my interest and passion for working with this intriguing group of children blossomed”.

After qualifying as a teacher, Yvonne started her career working in mainstream primary schools. During this time she recognised that she was drawn to the children with autism who came through her class. “I had an instinctive desire to try to connect with them and to find ways to enable them to develop, achieve and shine”.

Yvonne realised that not only did she miss the excitement and challenge of teaching children with autism, but also that within the mainstream environment, she felt that her ability to make a “real difference” to these children was limited. So when the opportunity arose Yvonne returned to the specialist school setting where she remains today.

Currently, Yvonne is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at Sutton and is working towards her NPQSL qualification.

“I am proud to be a member of a dedicated team that values the uniqueness of each pupil and is committed in striving towards all children and young people being able to meet their full potential during their time with us”.