POLICIES AND OFSTED
6th FORM (STRAWBERRY LODGE)
Francesca qualified as a Primary and Early Years teacher in 2000. She has worked in a number of settings and has been
Francesca’s passion for special educational needs & disability (SEND) stems from her desire to better help and support her autistic son. ‘My core belief is that children should be at the
Francesca is an experienced senior leader in the Independent Special School sector. She holds a Masters degree in Autism and the National SENCO award. Her studies have led her to undertake research on a range of topics such as the benefits of outdoor learning, the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction and the development of the Social Moral Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC) curriculum in special schools.
“I am thrilled to be part of the team at Eagle House School (Sutton) and am very excited to be working in a setting that so skilfully combines education and therapies.”
Elizabeth has many years of experience working within the
As an award-winning producer/presenter and writer, she has worked for both commercial and BBC radio networks throughout the world. In her spare time, she acts as an awards judge and mentor to young people hoping to work in the media industry.
As a qualified teacher she has a specialist 6th form certificate and is experienced in leading leavers classes in a specialist setting. As a mother to a daughter with autism, Elizabeth has a passion for helping young people to achieve their full potential.
Head of 6th Form
Sue has a psychology degree and is a qualified post 16 teacher with 20 years pastoral experience in both mainstream and SEN school settings
“Having a son on the autistic spectrum, in a 6th form setting, means that not only do I have personal experience of educational settings but also professional experience enabling me to empathetically support parents and pupils within
In her previous ASD educational setting, Sue was part of a Leadership Team that supported the school to improve its Ofsted status for which she is proud. Sue is part of the dedicated Post 16 Team at Strawberry Lodge working with learners through their KS5 years, preparing them for leaving Eagle House School and on into adulthood.
DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Preethy comes to us with many years’ experience as a Clinical Psychologist and works with Eagle House School (Mitcham), Eagle House School (Sutton) and Eagle House 6th Form (Strawberry Lodge). She has in-depth clinical experience spanning the spectrum of childhood disorders from primary to tertiary care levels and has a specialist interest in mental health in children and adolescents with autism and special needs.
Preethy’s role within schools is to work with pupils and staff to promote mental and emotional well-being. She does this through assessment and evidence-based interventions and also whilst working closely with our clinical team. This includes a wide range of Eagle House Group professionals including Behaviour Support, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language therapists and teaching staff.
Through consultation and use of a multidisciplinary approach, we collaboratively work together to proactively problem solve with a view to developing effective ways of supporting our pupils and learners, who may present with difficult issues.
Preethy also offers advice on mental health difficulties and provides links with child mental health services as well as supporting positive change to actively support learning, raise standards and promote successful inclusion.
Sarah is the Senior Occupational Therapist working across Eagle House School (Mitcham) and Eagle House 6th Form (Strawberry Lodge). Occupation is defined as “activities that are meaningful to the individual” and the role of every occupational therapist at Eagle House Group is to support our pupils and learners to engage in their daily activities and learning environment to the greatest extent possible.
Sarah graduated with an MSc in Occupational Therapy in 2015, writing her dissertation on the use of iPads as Augmented and Alternative Communication devices for non-verbal autistic adults. She has spent most of her career in the NHS with experience across a range of acute mental health and community settings.
Working with autistic people was Sarah’s motivation for becoming an occupational therapist, where she has sought to raise the profile of autistic service users in every role she has held. In 2018 she was supported by the Star Institute in the United States to conduct research on sensory processing differences in autistic populations.
Sarah cares passionately about the independence of autistic people and providing evidence-based solutions to the issues that autistic people face in their day-to-day living.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Liz feels passionate about supporting families with children & young people with special needs. She started her career in a pre-school as a volunteer, gaining her NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education, and progressing to become the pre-school SENCo.
Liz then managed a pre-school on an Army Camp, gaining her NVQ Level 4 then a degree in Early Years Care & Education. Feeling inspired by her work in supporting families, she became a Sure Start Centre Manager, where she trained as an outreach worker and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership.
Always ready for a challenging role, Liz managed the Visitors Centre at a women’s prison in Surrey. Within this role, her focus lay in ensuring families had as positive an experience as possible.
Following this, Liz became an Education Welfare Officer for Surrey County Council then Welfare Officer for all Surrey Special Schools. This led her to work as a Family Link worker in an inspirational special school for the last four years.
Liz says ‘My journey has given me a considerable breadth of experience in dealing with pupils and families from a wide variety of backgrounds. I am delighted to be bringing my experience to Eagle House School’.
Senior Family Liaison Officer
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