When you enter any one of our classrooms, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who was the teacher and who was the learning support assistant – we are rightly proud of this. Our support staff are skilled practitioners themselves, some of whom are teachers or are training to teacher, others have specialisms in SEN provision or Early Years. Whatever skills, they are dedicated to making our school the very best place it can be for children. In our school, we don’t use the term Learning Support Assistant (LSA) but we do use ‘teacher’ as this is how the children see them.
After moving to Stockbridge and her two children joining our school, we were lucky to bag Mrs Holdich as a key part of our LSA team. She is quick on her feet at thinking up creative things for our children’s learning to be maximised and is also our THRIVE link teacher, working with children individually and in small groups to support their emotional and social development.
With a banking background and little school experience, we just knew at interview that Mrs Burnand had something special and she is a fabulous LSA who has demonstrated that maths is really her thing! In 2021/22, Mrs Burnand is working largely in Year 5/6 but also works across KS2 in her HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) role, so that the children have a known and trusted support member of staff should their teacher be out on training.
Mrs Hanham has been working with us for a year now but used to work in the pre-school so knows how young children learn best. IN 2020/21, she will begin the year working in our Year 2/3 class but, once a new member of staff is appointed, she will take up the mantle of being our specialist SEN LSA as Mrs Hanham is a bit of a whizz with speech and language therapy and also physio/OT therapy too.
Miss Palk joined us in 2019 and hasn’t stopped working her socks off since! She has a huge amount of Early Years knowledge and expertise making her a great fit for our Year R class. Miss Palk is frequently found outside in our Early Years area getting very muddy in the mud kitchen, having a go on the trikes and bikes, hiding in homemade dens and much more exciting learning! She is also a THRIVE practitioner and works with children predominantly in the lower school.
Mrs Holden joined us mid-pandemic and has been a real asset despite things not being ‘normal’! She has a huge amount of talent and experience at working with children with special educational needs and this is translating into 1:1 work she is currently undertaking with us. Her husband is a serving soldier which helps her also understand the pressures and challenges our service children face.