Meet the Senior Leadership Team
Debra Eason – Principal
Katie Harrison – Head of Care
Jamie Hill – Head of Education
Hello, I’m Jamie; I’ll start with a fun fact. I started my career as a P.E. Teacher! I’m now a QTS Teacher (NPQH) with over 15 years of educational experience in mainstream and special education (primary and secondary). I grew up understanding the importance of helping others and supporting children to have the same opportunities as those without additional needs – my Dad was a Social Worker, and Mum was a Teaching Assistant and Parent Liaison officer in Special Schools. I am passionate that young people connect with learning experiences that enhance their understanding of the world they live in. Every child has their unique talents and interests. I want to allow them to focus on these and be successful, supporting them to overcome any barriers or difficulties they may face in day to day life in safe and happy teaching surroundings.
Amy Chipunza – Deputy Head and SENCO
Hi, I’m Amy; my role is ensuring that every child at the school has the same opportunities and experiences as every other child – they are all equal. In a nurturing environment, my goal is to be their biggest supporter, prepare them for their futures, and make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed in life. I hold a B.A. (Hons) in Education, NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management, NVQ 3 in Children and Young People Designated Safeguarding Lead and have spent 14 years working in care and education in both special residential schools.
Kirsty Truesdale – Registered Manager (Stretton)
My name’s Kirsty! I started my career in care 13 years ago. After supporting my grandparents as a teenager following their diagnosis with dementia, I knew I wanted more than a job; I wanted the ability to do something that would make a difference to peoples’ lives. Fast forward and over a decade and two Diplomas later, and I’m still as passionate about this as I was then. I take so much joy in watching our young people reach their goals and realise their potential. I believe every child should be treated with dignity & respect and that they should be safe from harm whilst being loved and well cared for by the team who support them whilst receiving the very best of education.
Scott Keighley – Registered Manager (Oakham)
I’m Scott, and following a volunteer program working with children in Africa, I returned knowing I wanted to make a difference to young peoples’ lives. Working with some of the most in-need people in Africa taught me the patience and care I needed to help young people with autism reach their goals. Since that life-changing decision and undertaking Diplomas, I’ve been devoted to the journey of supporting young people to reach their potential, helping them to learn new skills and nurture them whilst having life experiences and, most importantly, having fun!