Boy exercising

Every member of staff at Helen Allison is fully trained in working with children on the autism spectrum.

We know that your child does best when a team of people work closely together to support them in every part of their school life. Our teachers, care staff, therapists and support staff are all based in school alongside your child. They meet regularly to share their expertise and observations, and to make sure that your child is happy and learning well.

All staff receive a comprehensive induction programme including SPELL training (an approach suited to supporting students on the autism spectrum) and Studio 3 (a low arousal behaviour management approach).

There is an annual programme of training, including updates required to meet statutory health and safety obligations. In accordance with the requirements of regulatory Inspection Bodies in Care we support staff to gain QCF Diploma level 3 in Health and Social care.

All staff are kept up to date with curriculum and examination changes. If you would like to talk to any member of our staff, please contact the school office.

Senior Leadership Team 

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Simon Collins


                                                       Head shot of man                                                                                       




Adam Wadey
Deputy Principal  

Cathy Riggs


Cathy Riggs                                                                                                                                               
Director of Teaching and Learning                                                                                                                


Lisa Waters, Assistant Head

 Lisa Waters
Senior Assistant Head



Joanne Neill Smith                                                                                                                 
Principal Speech and Language Therapist  and NAS Clinical Lead     


Corinna Laurie
Lead Occupational Therapist and NAS clinical Lead


Extended Leadership Team

Julie Hockey/Natasha Baecke
Business and Finance Managers

Amelia Branch
Human Resources Coordinator


Therapy Team

Emily Trapp
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Anna Mundy
Occupational Therapist

Lisa Moxham
Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Gemma McCann
Occupational Therapy Assistant


Psychology Team

Dr Mark Murphy
Clinical Psychologist

Kerry Doherty
Psychology Assistant

Gemma Dean
Psychology Assistant

Lauren Beadle
Behaviour and Wellbeing Coordinator


Teaching Staff

Angela Thomas

Ben Cooper

Caroline Symonds – Unqualified Teacher

Cyril Manuel

Daniel Graham

Debbie Griffiths

Dwayne Grant

Erum Panju

Jackie Foley

Jackie Willson

Jenna Birchmore

Jo Shillitoe

Jodine Read

Luke Stone

Nicole Knight-Stevenson

Pilar Morterero-Lopez

Rebecca Moschopedis