Francesca qualified as a Primary and Early Years teacher in 2000. She has worked in a number of settings with pupils of all ages and has been specialising in autism, complex needs and challenging behaviour since 2011.
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 young people should be at the centre of everything we do’.
Francesca is an experienced senior leader in the Independent Special School sector. She holds a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), a Master’s degree in SEND with a specialism 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, the development of the Social Moral Spiritual & Cultural (SMSC) curriculum in special schools, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and supporting staff wellbeing.
“I am thrilled to be part of the team at Eagle House School (Sutton & Strawberry Lodge) and am very excited to be working in a setting that so skilfully combines education and therapies in order to prepare young people for adulthood.”
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
Deputy Head / Head of 6th Form
Jessica has worked as a paediatric Occupational Therapist in special educational provisions for five years, and now specialises in autism. She is completing her training to become a Sensory Integration practitioner and has a particular interest in sensory-based therapy.
Jessica is passionate about developing children and young people’s independence skills in order to support them on their journey to become confident, happy adults, who are active members of their communities.
In her spare time, Jessica volunteers at a Special Needs dog therapy charity with her dog Coco.
Senior Occupational Therapist
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.
Hannah has been working with children and young people with special educational needs for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including primary and secondary special schools, clinics, a young offenders institution, and in the community.
After graduating with a BSc in Psychology in 2010, she worked as an LSA in a school for children with severe and complex learning difficulties, autism and physical disabilities, and became drawn to Speech and Language Therapy. Seeing how supporting communication skills could dramatically improve a young person’s quality of life inspired Hannah to pursue a career as a therapist.
Since graduating from City University in 2014, Hannah has specialised in working with children and young people with autism in school settings. Hannah has worked at Eagle House School (Sutton) since 2016 and is passionate about empowering parents, teachers and LSAs to support and develop pupils’ communication skills.
Senior Speech and Language Therapist
After studying at Oxford University, Adele pursued a career in the fashion industry. After leaving work to have a family, she became involved in autism when her daughter was diagnosed as having ASD at the age of four.
“We were very lucky that Nell started at Eagle House aged five and we benefited from the expertise and support of the school. Nell’s twin brother and older brother really appreciated the sibling support offered and the regular workshops and coffee mornings allowed me to learn about different approaches and techniques for dealing with an autistic child, as well as meeting other parents in the same situation.”
When returning to work, Adele was keen to take on a role that would involve giving other families like her own, the support and information needed to help them make the best decisions for their child with autism. “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work at Eagle House Group and feel that the experiences I have been through as the parent of a severely autistic child really inform my approach to the role of Parent Liaison Officer – whether offering practical advice or giving parents information on where to find further support.”
The education, health
Parent Liaison Officer
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