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Meet The 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, SEMH and Short Stay 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 Attachment/ Trauma awareness, Behaviour Management/Systems, Anger Recognition/Management, TEACCH 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.




Miss Holmes

I started at Roselyn House School in 2007 after completing a BA Honours degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies at UCLan.  I started as a Learning Support Assistant before getting my PGCE in 2011 and have worked my way up to the position of Assistant Headteacher.   I am now in my twelfth year here and have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the dedicated and happy staff and of course all of the wonderful children.  No two days in school are ever the same, and watching the children grow and flourish and become passionate about their learning is a joy to be involved in.  I love being part of a staff group that provides such creative, engaging and immersive learning experiences for the children in our school.  


I am also the designated teacher for Looked After Children (LAC)  students and one of the safeguarding leads within my role as Assistant Headteacher.  I continue to be the English coordinator which is one of my favourite parts of the job. It gives me a valid excuse to immerse myself in amazing literature, written both by published authors and the children at Roselyn House School! 


During my time at Roselyn House School I have completed training in various areas to aid me in understanding the needs of our students these include Counselling, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Stonewall LGBT+ and Transgender Sensitive School Train the Trainer, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) I and II, Trauma and Attachment disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Pathological Demand Avoidance Disorder (PDA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST).

Mr A King

I have worked with young people for over 20 years. In my capacity as a secondary school teacher in Preston, I taught Religious Education, acted as Head of House and personal mentor to students. More recently in my career, I have worked as an outreach support worker on the RHISE programme at Roselyn House school. I look to provide calm and structured sessions for the students that I support. I enjoy seeing students thrive and reach their potential. 
Every day is different in my current role and life can be fast paced and challenging. I enjoy supporting the students in my care and hope that my work has a positive impact on them.

Miss 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 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 supporting Fleetwood Town football club, Lancashire and England cricket,attending music gigs and listening to and playing music.


Mr Dickinson

Mr Dickinson has been at Roselyn House School since 2011. He is a Learning Support Mentor and wellbeing officer. He has a degree in Social policy 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. He works out in the community on 1:1 session delivering life skills. Furthermore, he delivers food technology sessions in school allowing students to be familiar with food and healthy eating. His calm, supportive and empathetic approach makes him a successful, where he displays positive communication and listening skills. In addition, Mr Dickinson is a keen sportsman, He supports Blackburn Rovers FC and enjoys attending live sporting and music events.

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.

Mr Wilkinson is an outreach support worker at Roselyn House School, working one to one with students at RHISE on outdoor and vocational activities.


Mr Wilkinson has now taken on the role of organising the Vocational programme for students in school working closely with local providers to ensure students have an interesting and educational programme that meets their individual needs and ensures the students learn new skills and obtain vocational qualifications.

He is also involved in assisting with Post 16 Provision, liaising with students, colleges and vocational providers to ensure a smooth transition from school.


Mr Wilkinson has previously been employed as a police officer with Lancashire Constabulary for over 30 years doing a variety of detective roles including CID, anti-corruption and immigration crime.

He has also worked locally supporting adults with learning disabilities and teenagers at a local hostel.

He was a foster carer for 7 years supporting teenagers and carers.



Mr Kalthober
After joining the Army at 16 I served 24 years attaining the rank of Warrant Officer.   Serving in multiple campaigns around the world including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.   On leaving I started fostering and mentoring young adults before switching to mainstream teaching and becoming a Learning Support Assistant.  I am a qualified open water kayak and canoeing instructor and have interests in live shows, concerts and travelling.   I am due to get married to Kathryn in 2020 and have 2 adult children.

Mr Hartley

Adam Hartley has been a teacher at Roselyn House school for 4 years, graduating at Edge Hill University in 2015 with a 1st class degree BSC Secondary Science. As a teacher of Maths and Science at Roselyn House School Mr Hartley strives to ensure that all students fulfil their potential, ensuring that all students achieve accreditation whether that be at Functional Skills level/ Entry Level or at GCSE. In September 2018 Mr Hartley left Roselyn House school to complete a Masters in Education focusing upon developing the social skills of adolescents with ASD. Since returning in September 2019 Mr Hartley has predominately taught Maths whilst helping to develop the RHISE service.

Mr Tate

Mr Tate has been working in PE and School Sport for 15 years. He began his career as a Community Sports Coach at Blackpool Borough Council were, he delivered multi-skills and sport specific coaching sessions in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Youth and Community settings across the borough. Mr Tate then worked as a Sports Development Manager for Lancashire County Council for 10 years. His main role was to teach Primary PE, delivering PE lessons from Nursery up to Year 6. Part of his role was to manage a full extra-curricular programme, coaching and managing the school teams. Mr Tate then retrained in Secondary PE, gaining a PGCE and QTS at Edge Hill. Mr Tate is a keen runner, entering different competitions throughout the year and enjoys keeping fit at the gym. He supports Blackburn Rovers Football Club and regularly attends live cricket matches, both watching Lancashire and England.

Miss Meade

Care Support Mentor


MY name is Miss Meade and I am a teaching associate who has worked at Roselyn House School for approximately eight years.


As part of my role I am responsible for:

· Looking at learning styles and adapting the delivery of lessons to suit individual needs

· Teaching GCSE Health and Social

· Teaching PSHE

· Teaching NCFE Childcare

· Providing classroom support

· Delivering group Workshops

· Supporting the older students to adapt to change and attend the RHISE Centre/college


In my previous and present roles, I have gained a wide range of experience working with children and young adults who have various special educational needs, behavioral problems and various disabilities such as Autism & Asperger’s, severe Learning and moderate Learning difficulties, ADHD, ASD, RAD and Spina Bifida.


I am currently supporting students working through the AQA PSHE units according to their level of understanding. These units will help them develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage their own lives. Students learn what is needed to thrive as individuals by making responsible decisions now and in the future.


Mr Violet

My name is Martin Violet.  I am 45 years old and I am from the Scottish highlands.

I have been a teacher for 20 years and have taught in SEN settings for the vast majority of that time.

I am a trained history specialist but have taught  several subjects throughout my career. History, PE, science, PSHE, SEAL and more. 


I enjoy playing football and I am a follower of the best club side in the world,Liverpool!! I also enjoy playing golf and, unfortunately, online gaming.


I attained my degree (BA Bsc Honours) in history at UCLAN in Preston and I attained QTS through the Graduate Teacher Training Programme.


In my current role Roselyn House School, I teach science, history, music and SEAL. I am also our ECO-schools coordinator and AQA Unit Award Scheme coordinator. We are currently working towards our ECO schools silver award and we take the 3 R’s very seriously st RHS.


I enjoy working with young people and having a part in helping them to grow and to learn.




Mr Birkenhead

Associate Teacher/Behaviour Support

Mr Birkenhead is the Behaviour Management Coordinator at Roselyn House School, where he creates and implements strategies for students to manage their own behaviour. This helps students acclimatise within the educational setting. Thus encouraging them to get the most out of the school day.

He has worked at RHS for 5 years and started as a Learning Support Mentor working on a 1:1 basis with students before transitioning into an associate teacher role (currently working towards QTS).

He likes to play football, reading and attend music concerts.

Mr B King


Mr King is a Learning Support and Outreach Support Worker for Roselyn House School. With over 11 years of experience in working with young people, Mr King thrives on helping the students he works with discover their potential and begin to live it out. Being married with 2 children, Mr King is a real family man who hopes to bring that same sense of belonging and safety to every student he meets. He is a keen musician, having played the drums for over 18 years, and enjoys all things American Football and Star Wars.


As a tutor working on the RHISE programme, Mr King has the opportunity to support students through a variety of vocational activities and courses. Photography, Rock Climbing and Video Design are just a few of the varied therapeutic and vocational courses students participate in and Mr King enjoys aiding students discover new educational passions, and nurture their pre-existing ones. Everyday brings with it new and exciting challenges and Mr King enjoys meeting them head on, ready to learn from every situation and use the knowledge he gains to only further develop the education and well being of each and every student he encounters.

Mrs Wilson


I have been with Roselyn House School since January 2020 and I oversee the Nurture Group with some of the SENCo responsibilities. Initially I qualified as an ICT teacher, however over the years my career has changed, and I have taught and studied a whole range of subjects both academic and vocational and held various managerial roles in both mainstream and special school establishments.

In my spare time I act as a lighting technician for a band and spend as much time as possible outdoors. I love short city breaks and experiencing what they have to offer.

Miss Blake  


MY name is Jenna Blake and I work at the RHISE centre as a learning support assistant. I have over 15 years' experience of working with young people that display behaviours that may challenge, ASD, ADHD and various disabilities. I have worked in both residential and the class room setting. 


I have a passion for supporting students to achieve their very best always having an upbeat approach to my job role. There is no better feeling then witnessing students achieve and grow in confidence.  


I have a bubbly and a very outgoing personality. Smiling being friendly and approachable is what I pride myself on. Always spreading praise and positivity.  


At the RHISE centre I have the opportunity to support students with vocational courses such as hair and beauty and food technology whilst also helping students to gain qualifications In Maths and English. 


In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks exploring the outdoors with my son and dog. 

Mrs O’Neil


I joined Roselyn House School as part-time Administrator for the RHISE Centre in June 2019 where my main responsibilities are to maintain students’ records/documentation and support the RHISE Co-ordinator.  My involvement with the students at the Centre is very minimal but when I do have the opportunity to meet them it is always an enlightenment to speak to them.

I have always had an interest in education and feel privileged to be ‘a small cog in a big wheel’ of this very complex and ever-changing system.

I started my career as a School Bursar in a Church of England Primary School and spent 10 years there.  After this I moved to a R.C. High School as School Manager and was there for 16 years.  I have also been a School Governor and Clerk to Governors in High Schools over many years.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren and travelling around the U.K. in our motorhome.  I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs, and I own a one year old cocker spaniel who keeps me and my husband very active on long walks.

Mr Howarth


My name is Matt Haworth, I have worked at RHS for 2 years. 
Previously I have worked with young people and adults with learning disabilities and life limiting illnesses teaching them catering and life skills in live environments around the north west. Before that I had a 15-year career in Catering and Hospitality working for some very well-known chefs and established venues all over the country.  
I have many hobbies outside of work from hiking and camping to rollerblading and photography, I find it very hard just to sit still as I like being busy which makes working at RHS an ideal position. 

Miss Lawrenson


My name is Miss Lawrenson and I started Roselyn House in December 2019 as a Learning Support Assistant.  In September 2020, I moved across to the RHISE Centre and now cover learning and vocational support. 


I have worked with children and young people for the past 11 years - mainly those with disabilities and challenging behaviour and care leavers (in supported living).


I have obtained NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 in Children and Young People's Workforce, Level 2 in Autism Awareness, Level 2, 3 and 4 SEN.


In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my children, my friends and family, watching football, reading, listening to podcasts and walking.

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