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Specialist Staff

The school provides effective therapeutic support to help pupils who struggle to manage their emotions and behaviour on their own' (Ofsted Education 2016)

Meadows School employs specialist staff to work alongside school staff and provide Well-being Services

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Jo Chester

Dr Jo Chester is a Chartered Senior Psychologist. She has been qualified since 2003 and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has worked for over 10 years in the local Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service (CAMHs) which provides Tier 3 services. Jo undertakes psychological, emotional, cognitive and risk assessments with young people. She draws on a range of treatment modalities (behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic and systemic) to inform her therapeutic practice (individual and group). She works with young people, parents and families. In addition she provides supervision to colleagues and to trainee clinical psychologists. Jo provides training to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Training course and educational settings.

Jo works in Meadows School for 3 days a week. Her role includes;

  • Developing an understanding of a student's behaviour or difficulties by consulting with staff and/or observing students in structured and unstructured environments.
  • Supporting staff to plan effective strategies to support a student's social, emotional, behavioural andacademic development.
  • Providing therapeutic interventions with individual students referred to her by the Deputy Principal - Care
  • Undertaking risk assessments and/or advises care pathways for risk if necessary.
  • Liaison with agencies to maintain and promote service provision in the student's home area.
  • Developing staff skills by providing training to the whole staff group.
  • Advising on how to evaluate students' overall well-being at the school.

Senior Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor

Sue Clubb

Sue Clubb is an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Sue has over 10 years' experience working with young people and families. She has worked in clinic-based settings as well as mainstream schools, Pupil Referral Units and EBSD schools.  She works for Time2Talk Counselling  and works in Meadows School for 1 day per week providing 2.5 tier counselling intervention to help young people find ways to understand thoughts and feelings that may be preventing them from getting the best from their lives. She provides a safe place within school to explore and talk through any issues past and present. She enables the students to find ways to manage strong emotion and how to learn appropriate skills to gain insight into self-awareness and choices.

Sue also provides training to other counsellors and supervises staff in school.

Her specialist areas incclude; OCD, AD(H)D, Bereavement, phobia, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, anxiety, Special Needs, emotional literacy.

Speech and Language Therapist

Emma-Joy Andrews

Emma-Joy is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who has been practicing since 2007. She is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Emma-Joy qualified in her native New Zealand and worked for five years in Auckland with children and young people from birth to 19 years old with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs. Since moving to the UK in 2012, she has gained experience working in community clinics and a range of mainstream and special schools. Emma-Joy’s areas of professional interest include social communication and language development in children and young people. She works at Meadows School three days per week.

Emma-Joy works with students across all Key Stages. Her work includes observation and assessment to help profile the students' speech, language and communication needs as well as creating individualised communication plans to support and develop the students' skills. One-to-one work focuses on developing expressive language skills, understanding and learning key classroom vocabulary and more complex language (such as figurative and inferential language), and developing social interaction skills. Students are supported to recognise, understand and manage their emotions more effectively - this can be targeted through paired and/or small group sessions dependent upon the students' needs and abilities. Emma-Joy also delivers whole school training to share knowledge and skills with staff and to assist with embedding effective strategies to support students' speech, language and communication needs across the curriculum.

Young people are able to access a range of specialist support services within the school. This includes individual counselling and group work activities" (Ofsted Care 2017)