Our current teaching staff

Deputy Head Teacher, Kirsty Willacy and Head Teacher, Sharon Damerall

KS Education Limited is owned by the two Directors of Roselyn House School who are also the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher. Both are experienced teachers and held Senior Management Posts in Special School Settings.

Sharon Damerall and Kirsty Willacy have the advantage of having worked together for a number of years in a range of BESD establishments. This helps to create an ethos of community and continuity among the staff group. They are now available to pass on a successful model working with young people who need creative approaches to their learning. Both have a wide range of experience in Behaviour Management/Systems, Anger Recognition/Management and Individualised Curriculum Design with a Child Centred Approach to learning.

All our staff are experienced professionals, who have joined together with a common goal – to provide positive learning and social experience for our students. All this placed together provides a warm, friendly atmosphere where learning can take place, differentiated appropriately to meet each young person's individual needs.

 

They are:

 

Mr Lancaster

Mr Lancaster is an experienced Teacher of Physical Education and Outdoor Education. He was a Head of Year for five years. He is also qualified in English where he is keen to implement the development of literacy through sport. He has overall responsibility for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Mayor's Award and is extremely creative in his teaching methods. He has been involved in writing, implementing and leading PE Team Time aspects of the curriculum and has developed a 'New Curriculum' for 21st Century Learning which focuses on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. He is able to meet the demands of the individual using SEAL and believes in extending the range of opportunities open for all. Mr Lancaster has a keen interest in Amateur Dramatics, Music, Photography, and has been an Officer In Charge with the Boys Brigade for ten years.

 

 

 

Miss Holmes

Miss Holmes is a diverse Teacher of English who has responsibility for Literacy Assessment. She has further developed her skills to teach Hair, Beauty and Nail Art, which she is looking at delivering up to NVQ level. She is a creative Teacher who is in the process of becoming a qualified counsellor to add to her varied skills. She is able to utilise her Drama background and creative nature in the delivering of Textiles, 3 Dimensional Design and Graphic Communication. She has an understanding nature and is able to deliver lessons in a creative, encapturing way, which caters for complex needs of young people.

 

Tracy Higgins

 

I studied a BA Hons in Social Work and Welfare Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. I have worked at Roselyn House School since 2009, during this time my role has developed from a SEN Learning Support Mentor to more recently the Alternative Provision and Independence Support Co-Ordinator. Part of my role is to assess the students individual learning styles which translate across the Curriculum and match particular Vocational Programmes such as, college links, work placements and training programmes for young people. I also source therapeutic activities to suit particular individual needs, completing risk assessments for all placements/activities. I work closely with outside agencies and liaise with ASD families to help develop individualised learning programmes to suit all levels and needs. I have a varied work background that has given me experience in working with both adults and young people with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour. I maintain positive relationships with the young people and have effective communication skills.

 

 

Mr Dickinson

Mr Dickinson is a Learning Support Mentor and has a background working with young people and adults with learning disabilities. He has a degree in Care Community & Citizenship which has given him an understanding of the difficulties students face. Mr Dickinson has the skills to help young people develop in confidence and to reach their own personal goals. His calm, supportive and empathetic approach makes him a successful 1:1 Mentor, where he displays positive communication and listening skills. In addition, Mr Dickinson is a keen sportsman and motivates students through therapeutic approaches to learning.

 

Mr King

Mr King works as an Outreach Support Worker within school. He supports students on the RHISE project. Mr King enjoys sports, especially tennis, and is a volunteer at a community soup kitchen in Blackpool. He is a qualified Secondary School teacher and has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies.

 

Miss Gornall

Miss Gornall is a learning support mentor who is sympathethic and patient. She has a background of working with the elderly and adults with profound learning difficulties. Miss Gornall is our Equine Studies mentor. She has NVQ leve 2 & 3 in care and national certifcate in horse management.

 

Mr Somers

Mr Somers is an IT Technician and an Individual Learning Mentor. After 20 years with the Veteran's Agency and Ministry of Defence he has extensive knowledge in IT Support and Web Design. He ensures that all the ICT equipment is up to date and maintains this website. His interests include most sports and music.

 

Mrs Smith

Mrs Smith is the School Business Manager.   She supports students with attendance and integration into School and is one of our Safeguarding Leads.   Mrs Smith also deals with finance, HR and Health and Safety within the School.    September 2017 will mark 10 years of her working at Roselyn House School and supporting students along the way.  In her spare time Mrs Smith enjoys spending time with her family, looking after her pet chickens, reading and cycling.   

 

Mrs Louise Mercer

Louise is the school business administrator for Roselyn House School.

With over 15 years’ experience in a Business Administrator role, and a further 12 years’ experience working as a Teaching Assistant, she has a vast range of skills which she has adapted to her current role within Roselyn House School.

Louise’s warm and out-going nature and extensive knowledge on safe-guarding, allows her to work well with her colleagues and the students within school

Louise lives with her husband, daughter and her two Hungarian Vizsla dogs, Bracken and Tanner.

Along with enjoying family holidays, Louise likes to spend her spare time socialising, exercising and taking her dogs out in the countryside.

 

 

 

Miss Gornall

Miss Gornall is a learning support mentor who is sympathethic and patient. She has a background of working with the elderly and adults with profound learning difficulties. Miss Gornall is our Equine Studies mentor. She has NVQ leve 2 & 3 in care and national certifcate in horse management.

 

Mr King

Mr King works as an Outreach Support Worker within school. He supports students on the RHISE project. Mr King enjoys sports, especially tennis, and is a volunteer at a community soup kitchen in Blackpool. He is a qualified Secondary School teacher and has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies.

Mr Somers

Mr Somers is an IT Technician and an Individual Learning Mentor. After 20 years with the Veteran's Agency and Ministry of Defence he has extensive knowledge in IT Support and Web Design. He ensures that all the ICT equipment is up to date and maintains this website. His interests include most sports and music.

 

Mr Dickinson

Mr Dickinson is a Learning Support Mentor and has a background working with young people and adults with learning disabilities. He has a degree in Care Community & Citizenship which has given him an understanding of the difficulties students face. Mr Dickinson has the skills to help young people develop in confidence and to reach their own personal goals. His calm, supportive and empathetic approach makes him a successful 1:1 Mentor, where he displays positive communication and listening skills. In addition, Mr Dickinson is a keen sportsman and motivates students through therapeutic approaches to learning.

Mr Lancaster

Mr Lancaster is an experienced Teacher of Physical Education and Outdoor Education. He was a Head of Year for five years. He is also qualified in English where he is keen to implement the development of literacy through sport. He has overall responsibility for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award/Mayor's Award and is extremely creative in his teaching methods. He has been involved in writing, implementing and leading PE Team Time aspects of the curriculum and has developed a 'New Curriculum' for 21st Century Learning which focuses on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills. He is able to meet the demands of the individual using SEAL and believes in extending the range of opportunities open for all. Mr Lancaster has a keen interest in Amateur Dramatics, Music, Photography, and has been an Officer In Charge with the Boys Brigade for ten years.

Tracy Higgins

 

I studied a BA Hons in Social Work and Welfare Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. I have worked at Roselyn House School since 2009, during this time my role has developed from a SEN Learning Support Mentor to more recently the Alternative Provision and Independence Support Co-Ordinator. Part of my role is to assess the students individual learning styles which translate across the Curriculum and match particular Vocational Programmes such as, college links, work placements and training programmes for young people. I also source therapeutic activities to suit particular individual needs, completing risk assessments for all placements/activities. I work closely with outside agencies and liaise with ASD families to help develop individualised learning programmes to suit all levels and needs. I have a varied work background that has given me experience in working with both adults and young people with learning disabilities who display challenging behaviour. I maintain positive relationships with the young people and have effective communication skills.

Miss Holmes

Miss Holmes is a diverse Teacher of English who has responsibility for Literacy Assessment. She has further developed her skills to teach Hair, Beauty and Nail Art, which she is looking at delivering up to NVQ level. She is a creative Teacher who is in the process of becoming a qualified counsellor to add to her varied skills. She is able to utilise her Drama background and creative nature in the delivering of Textiles, 3 Dimensional Design and Graphic Communication. She has an understanding nature and is able to deliver lessons in a creative, encapturing way, which caters for complex needs of young people.