Lindy Sills- Assistant Head for Inclusion
Hello! My name is Lindy Sills and I am the Assistant Headteacher for
Inclusion at Bandon Hill Wood Field. I have previously worked in the same role at Meadow Field for a number of years and have lots of experience working with children and families.
My role in school is to oversee and manage the provision for children with additional needs and to ensure that all children, regardless of need, have access to the Quality First Teaching they deserve.
Children and young people should be supported to achieve the best outcomes, educational or otherwise. At Bandon Hill we follow the SEND Code of Practice by using the graduated response in collaboration with pupils and their families.
Katie Fowkes-Smith- SENCo
Hello, I am the SENCo at Bandon Hill Wood Field. As a SENCo, I am passionate about removing children’s barriers to learning to give every child the best possible chance to succeed. I have been a teacher for six years, and completed my SENCo training at Roehampton University in 2017. I have always had a keen interest in SEND and prior to teaching I worked as a Key Worker for local play schemes, supporting children who had special educational needs access after school and school club provision.
Louise Graham- SEND Support
Jade Allan- Wellbeing Lead
Hello, my name is Miss Allan, I am the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead for Bandon Hill. I am the designated member of staff responsible for coordinating our school's provision to support mental wellbeing in our school. In my role, I oversee our school's ELSA provision, wellbeing curriculum (including our Relationship and Sex Education programme) and organise mental health initiatives that take place at Bandon Hill to develop a whole school approach to support mental wellbeing.
I have developing links with specialist mental health services in the local area and know which local and national help and support services are available in order to signpost pupils and families to access help and support.
Helen Williams- ELSA
Hello, my name is Helen Williams. I am an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) at Bandon Hill Wood Field. The key role of an ELSA is to help children learn and practice social and emotional skills, help children to feel valued and listened to and to advocate their needs within the school. I have been trained to support children with their Emotional Literacy and the areas I work on with children, either individually or as a group are, emotional awareness, social skills, friendship skills, self-esteem, anger management and loss and bereavement. To do this I provide a consistent time and place to work, ELSA is time limited to assist the development of specific skills, usually for 6-10 weeks. As an ELSA I will stay with the feelings and create a reflective space.
Gail Newman- Family Support Worker & ELSA
Hello! My name is Gail Newman and I am the Family Support Worker for Bandon Hill Wood Field.
My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to families within our school community. I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child’s education, behaviour and wellbeing. I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it!
Support for children includes: promoting good attendance and punctuality, promoting self-esteem and confidence, promoting positive behaviour and attitudes towards learning.
Support for families includes: Signposting you to services in the local area, Liaising with a range of external services such as housing and social care, assistance with completing paperwork and attending meetings with outside agencies with you.
Kathryn Coyne- SENCo
Hello, I am the SENCo at Bandon Hill Meadow Field. I have been a teacher at Meadow Field for thirteen years and have taught in a range of year groups from Nursery to year six. In 2019 I undertook my SENCo training at Roehampton University. As a SENCo I am passionate about providing all SEND children with the opportunity to succeed and raise the educational achievement and provision for all pupils with special educational needs.
Diane Scarborough- SEND Support
I am Diane Scarborough and I have been teaching for 24 years. For the majority of my career I taught in Mitcham, varying from Nursery up to Year 6. I joined the Bandon Hill 5 years ago starting in Wood Field and coming across to Meadow Field last year.
From aged 12 I always wanted to teach and I was lucky enough to achieve my ideal job! I wanted to become a teacher to help educate children so that doors can open for them and provide them with opportunities to fulfil their own ambitions and dreams.
Lisa Bianci & Sheree Rickwood- ELSAs
Hi there we are Mrs Bianchi and Mrs Rickwood. We are lucky enough to be the school's Elsa Team (Emotional Literacy support Assistants) up in our lovely Rainbow room. We work closely with the children, their families and Class Teachers to help any children who need supporting with self-esteem, Friendship skills, Anger management, Loss and Bereavements. We also offer a chill out zone at Lunch time for any of our students that find this time a little challenging. Our door is always open and everyone is welcome.
Sabrina Wimalasuriya- Family Support Worker
With 7 years SEN experience, I am hoping to help build relationships, increase skills and potentially bridge the gap between families and organisations. I have worked in Oakfield for two years and have gained so many skills and positive interventions to share with parents. I currently run an Autistic Youth Club on Saturdays for the National Autistic Society and care for a young Autistic lady so have a range of experience. I hope to provide workshops and provide as much support for children, families and teachers to create a healthy, positive and enjoyable school environment.â