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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 


Cathy Riggs

Cathy Riggs
Deputy Principal

Adam Wadey 
Deputy Principal

Lisa Waters 
Senior Assistant Head

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

Corinna Laurie 
Lead Occupational Therapist. NAS clinical Lead


Carl Brooks
Interim Head of Residential Services

Therapy Team

Dr Mark Murphy 

Dr Mark Murphy
Clinical Psychologist

Extended Leadership Team

Julie Hockey/Natasha Baecke
Business and Finance Managers

Amelia Branch
Human Resources Coordinator

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

Corinna Laurie
Principal Occupational Therapist and NAS Clinical Lead

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

Pilar Morterero-Lopez

Daniel Graham

Jowita Myburgh

Jodine Read

Jo Shillitoe

Jackie Wilson

Lesley Saunders

Cyril Manuel

Ben Cooper

Jackie Foley

Jenna Horseman (Unqualified Teacher)

Caroline Symonds (Unqualified Teacher)


Rebecca Cheeseman

Paula Deeney

Bev Newby

Ian Sandford

Dawn Hayes