The Team

We are a comprehensive team to meet the diverse needs and well-being of our students. The full team can be found below.

Leadership Team

Joanne Gale – Acting Headteacher

Kerry Smith – SENDCo

Steve Gale – Behaviour Co-ordinator

Sarah Parrett – Lead Practitioner

Bev Still – Head of Care

Kate Penfold – Designated Safeguarding Lead & Attendance Officer


Gerhard Breytenbach

Helen Sanford

Matthew Everall

Josh Markey

Sarah Cushion

Di Duley

Amanda Ingrams

Michael Jenkins

Paul Taylor

Rebecca Thompson

Rob Whurr

Paul Madelin

Nicky Ebdon

Dee Elgie

Leanne Haines

Jo Langley

Ben Perry

Teaching Assistants

Ann Moss – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Tracy O’Brien

Celia Clack

Siham Dammany

Leigh Couceiro

Kevin Boudevialle

Geoff Tanner

Jo Williams

Elouise Mcgall

Sam Ramsey

Martin Phenix

Rhian Moy

Rebecca Higgs (maternity leave)

Samantha Poat

Beverley Manley

Teresa Fitzgerald

Louise Owen

Steven Waller

Erica Ulian

ELSA & Literacy Support

Lorna Elsey

Pastoral Support Team

Katie Knowles – Behaviour Support Assistant

William Brittle – Behaviour Support Assistant

John Blythe – Behaviour Support Assistant

Daniel Holford – Behaviour Support Assistant

Cat Pearce-Thomas – Home School Link Worker

Mandy Williams – Home School Link Worker (Maternity Cover)

Residential Child Care Officers

Pam Whittaker – Assistant Head of Care

Zoe Tester – RCCO

Peter Darlington – RCCO

Mandy Williams – RCCO

Luke Shorney – RCCO

Rebecca May – RCCO

Shelagh Parry – Waking Nights

Therapeutic Team

Clare Diggens – Speech, Language and Communication Therapy (SCC)

Pat Griffin – CAMHS

Administration & Finance Team

Alison Perry – Office Administrator

Jill Gladman – Office Administrator

Lisa Burfield – Office Administrator

Debolina Sen – Office Administrator


Brendan Spiers – Premises Manager

Chad Barton – Premises Manager

Catering Team

Peter Short – Chef

Maria Boxall – Assistant Cook

Pietro Perone – Kitchen Hand

Emma Gaida – Kitchen Hand

Domestic Team

Shelia Gelston – Cleaning Assistant

Lisa Dennett – Cleaning Assistant

Antoinetta Perone – Cleaning Assistant

Shanice Foad – Cleaning Assistant

Maria Boxall – Cleaning Assistant

Thelma Proudlove – Cleaning Assistant


The difference in my boy since he started at Chart Wood a year ago is amazing and really positive. My boy loves all aspects of his school day and now comes home a lot calmer and happier. I wouldn’t want to place him anywhere else now.


Latest News

Colour Run!

As part of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Week there were lots of great activities taking place both on and off site, including trips to Chelsea football club, taking in the sights, sounds and tastes at London Borough Market.  The highlight …

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Ofsted Inspection on 24th and 25th April

Chart Wood School was inspected by Ofsted on the 24th and 25th April 2019 and the overall judgement is that the school requires special measures. Chart Wood School converted to academy status on the 1st January 2019 and now comes …

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New Principal appointment

We are pleased to announce that Graham Payne has been appointed as the new Principal for Chart Wood School following a competitive recruitment process. We look forward to working with Graham when he takes up this post on 1st September …

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Residential provision at Chart Wood School inspection

The Residential Provision at Chart Wood School was inspected under the Social Care Common Inspection Framework on 4th to 6th February 2019. Below is a statement from John Prior, Executive Head/Deputy CEO, Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust and Ms …

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