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Senior Leadership Team


Nicola Jones - Interim Head Teacher

I am the Interim Head Teacher and 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 Head Teacher -  Care

I am the Deputy Head of Care for Orchard Manor School's Residential Provision 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 Head Teacher - Empowerment

I am Assistant Head Teacher - 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 Head Teacher - Curriculum

I am the Assistant Head Teacher - 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 Head Teacher - Progress

I lead Primary and Year 7 Campus. I really enjoy working with staff developing our curriculum and our approach to teaching. I lead English and ICT including the development of hardware and infrastructure. I also lead pupil progress and assessment as well as being the Pupil Premium Champion.

I have been in a leadership role for the past 25 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 Head Teacher - 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 Head Teacher - 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.