Ms Govan acts as the strategic lead for inclusive practice across the school, working as part of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that inclusion remains central to everything we do. She leads the Inclusion Team and oversees the work of the Specialist Resource Provision (SRP). Ms Govan is the school’s SENCo and also one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads. She is a qualified and experienced teacher and Inclusion Lead, holding a post graduate certificate in the leadership and management of special and inclusive education. She has worked as a teaching assistant in a special school, as a class teacher in two mainstream schools with specialist resource provisions, and has led on inclusion in two schools. Ms Govan is one of the SEND case holders in the Inclusion Team, and is usually involved with pupils who have, or may require an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Outside of school she enjoys crafts and spending time with her young family.
Mrs Bennett’s role involves liaising with and working alongside therapists to create and oversee interventions to support children with speech, language and communication needs. She is also a trained Read, Write Inc. teacher and regularly supports new members of staff in teaching RWI. In addition to this Mrs Bennett, also helps organise and run the Year 6 residential to PGL, Liddington and leads on support for children with EAL (English as an Additional Language), particularly those new to English. She has a degree in History and Education and is a qualified and experienced teacher who has taught children from Reception up to Year 4. Before coming to Kingston, she worked in two different schools in Nottinghamshire. Mrs Bennett is one of the SEND case holders in the Inclusion Team, and is usually involved with pupils who have learning or communication needs and sometimes those who have, or may require, an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Outside of school, she enjoys walking her dog, practising yoga and spending time with her two children.
Mrs Ramkissoon’s role involves creating and overseeing Inclusion interventions (e.g. Lego therapy, Nurture groups, Social Thinking groups). She also works closely with outside agencies such as the Emotional Health Service and CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team (e.g. referring children for assessment for ASD/ADHD/ADD). Mrs Ramkissoon is one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads. She had planned to stay at King Athelstan for a year but loved it so much she is still here 9 years later! She has a degree in English & Drama as well as qualifications in Child Psychology and Safeguarding. When not at school she likes to cook, go to the cinema and hang out with her family.
Mrs Whooley works across the school with many different children, running interventions including Nurture groups, Social Thinking sessions and Lego Therapy. She also provides 1:1 support for children with ASD (Autism), SEMH and ADHD. Mrs Whooley has a degree in History and is a qualified Nursery Nurse. She has worked in schools and education setting for more than 12 years, including working in a Nursery with a specialist ASD provision prior to joining King Athelstan. Mrs Whooley was also previously a governor for King Athelstan when her own children attended the school. Outside of school she enjoys cooking, gardening and reading.
Mrs O’Connor’s role is to support individuals and small groups of children in Wiltshire. This currently includes supporting Nurture groups and Forest School and running 1:1 SEMH interventions, EAL groups and Lego Therapy. She also provides some lunchtime support for individuals with SEMH needs. Mrs O’Connor has worked as a TA at King Athelstan since 2015, working in classes and 1:1 with children with SEND and has recently joined the Inclusion Team. She holds a psychotherapy qualification and previously worked for Place2Be providing therapy for primary aged children. Mrs O’Connor is a qualified First Aider and Mental Health First Aider. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and engaging in voluntary work in the community.
Mrs Crombie is the Teacher in Charge of the SRP which opened in September 2019. She is responsible for the management and day to day running of the SRP to ensure that all the children in the provision have access to a full and engaging curriculum and are supported to successfully integrate into the whole school environment. She is passionate about developing children’s social, emotional and mental health needs and motivating children to be aspirational and integrated into the whole school community. Mrs Crombie is a qualified and experienced teacher, having worked across different key stages as class teacher, head of department and in senior leadership. She has experience working with multi agency teams to support the education of vulnerable groups and those with SEND, particularly through her previous role as Assistant Head of the Virtual School for Looked After Children. When not in school she enjoys playing the cello and spending time quality time with her family.
Miss Zardetto is one of the Teaching Assistants responsible for supporting Mrs Crombie in the daily running of the SRP and the children within the provision. During her professional working life Miss Zardetto has had the opportunity to support teachers, children and their families across all Key Stages enabling her to critically observe and reflect on education and its challenges but especially on the barriers children and young people encounter when accessing learning. She believes in supporting children holistically. When not in school Miss Zardetto enjoys strolling in the park and drawing.
Miss Rashid works with the children in the Specialist Resource Provision, aiding in their development of social, emotional and mental health needs. Her expertise lies in the field of psychology and using various strategies to help the children in the provision engage in the curriculum and to access and integrate into the school environment. She is passionate about bringing a positive attitude and creating a supportive environment for all the children. When not in school, Miss Rashid enjoys travelling and going for long walks!
Miss Brading is one of the teaching assistants based in the Specialist Resource Provision, supporting children in accessing the curriculum and integrating into the school. She has a degree in drama and has previously used that to teach young adults with additional needs various performing arts and life skills, as well as providing 1:1 support in a post -18 day provision. She is passionate about promoting inclusion and accessibility for all. In her spare time Miss Brading enjoys creating new recipes and going to the theatre.
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