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Senior Leadership Team

Mark Rose - Executive Principal

I am the Executive Principal of Orchard Manor School.  I have worked in special educational settings for the past 16 years and have previously held senior leadership positions in two other residential special schools.  

My passion stems from the belief that every child has the right to develop, learn and achieve to the best of their ability.  I am committed to the delivery of an engaging, caring and challenging curriculum and school ethos within a school that has the highest standards of both education and care.  The commitment and care of our staff and the hard work and progress of our young people never ceases to amaze and impress me.  I feel privileged to lead Orchard Manor School.

Nicola Jones - Deputy Principal, Head of Education

I am the Head of Education for Orchard Manor School.  Over the last ten years, I have been a senior leader and have led several successful school improvement projects across the South West.  

I am passionately committed to creating a learning environment where our young people can thrive.

James Watson - Deputy Principal, Head of Care

I am the Deputy Principal Head of Care for Orchard Manor School's Residential Provision and I was Head of Care at Oakland's Park School for nearly 3 years before the merge.

I have a sound knowledge of Residential Provision and Safeguarding having worked in Social Care for nearly 15 years where I worked with some of the most vulnerable children.  During this time I ran several children’s homes in the private sector with “Good” and “Outstanding” Ofsted judgements.

Adele Thomas - Assistant Principal, Empowerment

I am Assistant Principal of Empowerment at Orchard Manor School. I have worked in special educational settings for the past eight years, previously coming from a mainstream setting where I was Head of Department of Design and Technology.  I am passionate about ensuring our pupils are given opportunities to grow, supported to reach their full potential  and preparing them for adulthood.

Bryan Webster - Assistant Principal, Curriculum

I am the Assistant Principal (Curriculum) of Orchard Manor School.  I have worked in education for the past twenty years, more than sixteen of these in Special Schools.  I am passionate about all pupils fulfilling their potential as they prepare for adulthood and developing all of the skills they need to feel confident, able and happy to journey through their lives.

Rowena Schofield - Assistant Principal, Progress

I lead on Pupil Progress and Assessment.  I have been in a leadership role for the past 20 years and have taught a wide range of learners form 2-22 years old in mainstream and specialist education settings. 

My philosophy of education is to develop the whole child.  I am passionate about supporting children to become lifelong learners and developing the skills they need to achieve their aspirations

Paul Giles-Phillips - Assistant Principal, Personalisation

I am the senior leader responsible for Personalisation at Orchard Manor School.  I have worked in a variety of educational settings over the last 10 years through subject  teaching, pastoral and behaviour management.  I am committed to working with all stakeholders: from learners to families and staff, to ensure everyone has the right to access a safe and effective learning environment where everyone can realise their potential.

Graham Tolliday - Assistant Principal, Care

I am the Assistant Principal of Care at Orchard Manor School and also the present Chairman of the School Parents, Staff & Friends Association (PSFA).   I have worked in SEN Care from 1996; at Oakland's Park School since 2011, having previously worked here some 20 years ago.

I am wholly committed to Orchard Manor School, focusing on the health, wellbeing and happiness of all children and staff who attend, helping them to reach their full potential.  Additionally I work with the development of the magnificent site and buildings we have at our disposal.