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Well-Being Services

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

Complementing the education and care elements of Meadows School are the Well-Being Services team.

Currently we offer;

  • Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)
  • Counselling (individual)
  • CHOICES - emotional literacy
  • Psychology Support
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Skills for Emotions, People and Situations (STEPS)

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 2 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 and academic 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 include; OCD, AD(H)D, Bereavement, phobia, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, anxiety, Special Needs, emotional literacy.

Speech and Language Therapist

Helen Gamble

Helen is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Before joining Meadows school, Helen supported children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs across preschool/nursery settings, mainstream primary schools and special primary and secondary schools. In this role she worked with a variety of speech and language diagnoses including Voice Disorders, Stammering, Selective Mutism and Social Communication Disorders. Helen enjoys working as part of a successful multi-disciplinary team, establishing good working relationships with parents/carers, school staff and other professionals to guide and support their knowledge and skills.

Speech and Language Therapist

Natalie Harrison

Natalie qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2006 and is registered with both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Before joining Meadows School, Natalie worked across London and Kent in a range of different specialisms and treated individuals of all ages with speech and language difficulties. At Meadows School, Natalie works with both primary and secondary-aged students. Her role includes informal and formal communication assessment, providing 1:1 or group therapy for targeted communication difficulties, and working with teachers and the multi-disciplinary team to ensure how to best support students' communication skills in the classroom. A large area of Natalie's work focusses on supporting students develop their social communication skills and transferring these into school life to help aid learning and friendships.

 

Occupational Therapist

Tina Bang-Andersen

Tina qualified in 1999 from the School of Occupational Therapy in Copenhagen, Denmark and has worked in England since qualification. She has worked for many years in adult mental health, acute, forensic and community settings. She has held a number of leadership roles within the National Health Service and jointly worked on many service development initiatives including setting up an in-patient service for adults with autism and learning disability in the capacity as an operational manager. She has supervised colleagues from various disciplines, students and lead occupational therapy teams.

Tina started specialising in learning disability and autism in 2006 and has worked within this field since. She specialises as in occupational coaching, sensory integration and primitive reflexes which means focusing on a range of behaviours which may be an outcome of sensory processing difficulties and motor coordination difficulties which can cause barriers to learning and development. She focuses on the need of the child and how the needs can be met within the context of family life and school environments. She is also skilled in delivering teaching and training for families, school staff and other professionals.

Tina has completed her postgraduate training in Sensory Integration Training and is currently completing her advanced practitioner qualification. She is trained in the Assessment of Process and Motor skills (AMPS); she has completed Rhythmic Movement Therapy (RMT) for primitive reflexes and Quickshift music training.

Tina has also completed the Autism Diagnostic Observation Screening (ADOS) and is part of a larger team who assess and diagnose children with complex challenges in relation to ASD.

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)