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Roselyn House School
 Roselyn  House School

                                        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 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:


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.


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).

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 most sports and listening to and playing 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.


Mr Wilkinson

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 is a registered foster carer for the last 7 years supporting teenagers and carers.

Mr Wilkinson is an outreach support worker at Roselyn House School mainly working one to one with students at RHISE and outdoor/ 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.


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.

Miss Meade

Care Support Mentor


Mr Birkenhead

Associate Teacher/Behaviour Support

Mrs Daintree

Learning Support Mentor

        Latest News

Our Christmas card and calendar is now available to purchase Worldwide, made with original photography from a Roselyn House School student for their Enterprise Qualification to fund raise for Hope Flowers School. Please click on the picture to take you to the ebay link.

Work of the Week as chosen by the Head Teacher w/e 29 Nov 2019



ofsted roselyn house school Ofsted Report May 2019

Roselyn House are excited to announce a unique link up with a truly inspirational school

Roselyn House Individual Support Education

We have recognised the need for a flexible and creative approach to the education we deliver to our young people. This has developed into a comprehensive system of individualised packages which includes one to one learning, off-site learning, e-learning, therapeutic and vocational packages / programmes.Please click for more information.


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