PROPRIETOR & DIRECTOR
Paul began his work with children with special educational needs as a lawyer in 1993. A key focus of his work was helping children receive the special educational help they needed so they could fully benefit from their time at school.
Paul worked with children with a range of special needs, from dyslexia, ADHD, autism, learning difficulties and physical disabilities. He was recognised as one of the leading lawyers in this work in the UK.
Increasingly Paul recognised that there was insufficient and inadequate provision for children with autism in the UK. As a result, he and his father set up their first school for children with autism in London: Eagle House School (Mitcham), in 2004. Over the next 5 years the provision developed to include primary and secondary schools, early years centres, a multidisciplinary assessment centre, residential school and a post-19 College.
In 2010 the Eagle House Group was restructured to enable his father to retire and Paul and his wife, Jillian, to become the sole owners of the Group, which is currently based in South London.
Paul and Jillian live locally with their four sons.
Paul is the Chair of the Board of Directors. He can be contacted during work hours Monday- Friday via the Schools’ Business Office, Eagle House Group, Chancery House (Grnd Flr), St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1JB. Telephone – 0845 074 2972.
Effectiveness of Leadership & Management; Pupil Outcomes
David offers a consultancy service across the UK as an independent strategic partner in SEND work and works in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has over 35 years’ experience gained in front line strategic, inspection, regulatory and consultancy roles.
Originally with a background in teaching deaf children, David has been a former specialist teacher trainer, Head of a large residential special school in the south of England, Registered Ofsted inspector (SEN), Ofsted Accredited Trainer (SEN), Independent Care Visitor and CEO of two national SEN Charities.
David has joined the Eagle House Group Board of Directors having worked as a SEND Educational Consultant for the Group since 2011.
Dr. Jenny Alvarez
Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare
Dr. Jenny Alvarez is a consultant Clinical Psychologist, who has been working with children and young people for more than 30 years, and has specialised in the field of autism for the last 20 years. The realisation that many children she saw for therapy were being labelled as “naughty”, when in fact they had undiagnosed autism, spurred her on to learn more about diagnosing autism and supporting families once their children were diagnosed.
She left the NHS in 2003 to work for a charity to support both children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder. This allowed her to gain a full understanding of the whole autism spectrum and the difficulties families face in living with autism across the lifespan.
Dr Alvarez has worked across both schools at Eagle House Group since 2012, and has really enjoyed the challenge of supporting staff, pupils and their families in an educational setting, which is very different from working in a clinic setting.
Dr Alvarez continues to provide clinical supervision for assistant psychologists across Eagle House Group and joins the Board of Directors with a wealth of expertise, experience and an in depth knowledge of both schools.
Dr Paula Sneath
Paula is a retired general paediatrician who worked at Epsom General Hospital from 1989.
She was the lead paediatrician for the community child health services including services for children with chronic handicapping conditions –which included working at the Children’s Trust at Tadworth Court.
She was keen to integrate hospital, community and primary care services for children wherever possible. Paula served as a paediatric representative on a number of Surrey-wide multiagency and some country-wide groups dealing with a variety of children’s issues.
She developed an interest in autism, attention deficit disorders and related conditions in children and young people running specialist clinics and working with others in their development of services – including the Little Group for under–fives with autism based in Epsom.
She tried to help make appropriate diagnoses and share with parents and carers ways of helping with many of the challenges such difficulties can bring as well as celebrating the positives.
After retirement, Paula became patron to interAKtive – a local parent-led charitable group for families who have a child, or children, on the autistic spectrum.
Paula has 2 daughters and lives with her husband in Epsom.
Andrew Alexander is a practicing Barrister whose areas of expertise are Family Law, Immigration & Asylum and Human Rights Law. Andrew’s work comprises all aspects of family law including extensive experience with applications for care, supervision and adoption orders; applications under the Family Law Act 1996; applications for divorce, judicial separation and nullity, ancillary relief and financial provision and child Protection involving abuse allegation cases.
His professional abilities include dealing with cases where there is a continuing and intractable dispute about children and implementing the appropriate client care strategy through clear, direct advise and utilising his strong communication skills. Andrew provides lectures and seminars to professional clients, fellow professionals and lay groups and is a Court appointed expert witness in Public Law cases involving children.
Andrew lives in Croydon with his wife and daughter.
Angel Abhayaratna has extensive board level experience in Human Resource Management with substantial knowledge of employee relations, change management, and employee engagement. She has worked as a senior HR practitioner in the NHS as well as a contracting as a Change Consultant. She has worked with senior teams advice on cost saving initiatives such as organisational restructures and hospital closure. She has also facilitated collaborative working between social services, health and the not for profit sectors. She was a certified auditor of Human Resources practice in the NHS (the Improving Working Lives initiative) and carried out several audits of hospitals and NHS organisations. She has a strong interest in good recruitment practices having worked as recruitment consultant and also lead in-house recruitment teams. She currently consults in this field. Angel is passionate about social inclusion and is a volunteer team leader with the Greenlight medical service, a charity providing medical and sign posting services to homeless people across London. She leads a team of 20 volunteers providing the medical service in Croydon Finally Angel also loves photography and works freelance as a weddings photographer and for a design agency. Angel is married and lives in Croydon.
Mary started her career as a teacher, teaching for 14 years in both mainstream and special schools, specializing in music. She then retrained as a lawyer and worked for 21 years as an education lawyer.
Recently retired, Mary maintains her links with education through governorship of a local independent school and now as a director of the Eagle House Group. Mary’s hobbies are languages, travel and playing golf (badly!) She also does some piano and clarinet teaching and spends time with her large extended family.
Eagle House School (Mitcham):
020 8687 7050
Eagle House School (Bramley):
01483 912 080
Eagle House School (Sutton & POST 16 Department):
020 8661 1419
Eagle House School 6th Form (Strawberry Lodge):
020 3745 8760
Schools' Business Office:
020 8770 7788
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