Meet The Team

The Orchard Team

Our specialist and experienced team comprise of teachers, therapists, teaching assistants and support staff who work together to provide inspirational and outstanding education to all learners at our school.  Whatever their needs, learners are supported academically and pastorally, in areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience and communication. This ensures they able to engage and enjoy their education. All staff who work with learners receive training in areas such as safeguarding, PREVENT and mental health, as well as specialised training, including emotional regulation, restorative practice and “Theraplay”.

Senior Leadership Team

Our dedicated Senior Leadership Team oversees the running of the school, staff management, school curriculum and safeguarding.

Steven Broderick


Jodie Bromley

Assistant Principal, Education and Designated Teacher

Rebecca Genney

Assistant Principal – Quality

Claire Hodges-Brooks

Operation & Compliance Manager & Designated Data Lead

Stuart Dainty

Centre Manager, DDSL and Health & Safety Champion

Kate Nicol

Laceby Road Centre Manager, DDSL and Well-being Champion

Heidi Higgins

Sargon Way Centre Manager & DDSL

Tom Sawyer

Roberts Street Centre Manager

Claire Pedersen

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Our teachers teach a range of Key Stages and both academic and vocational subjects. They also include teachers of specialist subjects.

Tabatha Freeman


Sophie Cook


Natalie Potter

Teacher & EDI champion

Johanna Barker


Joanne Royston

Teacher & Careers lead

Jane Thorpe-Green

Teacher & Phonics Champion

Jake Barnett


Amber Richardson

GCSE Mathematics Leader

Alicia Jenkins

Teacher & Key Stage 4 Lead

Louis Moulding


Ahmed Belkair


Joe Short


Oliver Willets


Demi Lyall


Sam Troth


Debbie Chesman


Leigh Kellaway

GCSE English Teacher

Anne Allsop


Learning Support

Our learning support team provide additional support, guidance and understanding to learners where needed.

Poppy Beasley

Learning Support

Laura Stannard

Learning Support

Holly Harpham

Learning Support

Grace Lister

Learning Support

Gemma Eskrett

Learning Support

Cara Davies

Learning Support

Amy Towill

Learning Support

Charlotte Kerr

Learning Support

Sophie Frith

Learning Support

Joshua Facer

Learning Support

Tracey Oliver

Learning Support

Sarah Leary

Learning Support

Olivia Kershaw

Learning Support

Pete Strafford

Learning Support

Louise Patterson

Learning Support

Kai Hornsby

Learning Support

Samantha Jillings

Learning Support

Katie Campling

Learning Support

Sally Barnard

Learning Support

Administration and Catering

Our administration team support the smooth running of the school and our catering team ensure our learners receive nutritionally balanced food during the school day.

Emma Storr


Cherie Tacey


Donna Ritchie

Catering Technician

Donna Mackay

Catering Technician

Specialist Support

Our specialist SEND and therapy team are there to support each learner with their individual learning and development needs, and to ensure all their wellbeing needs are met.

Lana Lock

Centre Maintenance

Wendy Taylor


School Advisory Panel

Our Independent School Advisory Panel provide objective advice on all areas of the school’s activities, to aid our development.

Amanda Bramley


Andy Patterson

Melrose Compliance
Operations and Compliance Manager for Melrose Education.

Sally Wright

SEND, Careers/IAG & Outcomes for Learners
GIFHE Inclusion Manager (also qualified SENCO).

Matthew Blyton

School Improvement
Independent Educational Consultant (previous principal advisor for a large LA).

Jon Wools

Health & Safety
Health and Safety Advisor for Young’s Seafood Grimsby.

Daniel Scott

Safeguarding Lead
Vice Principal and SENCO for Oasis Academy Wintringham.

Melrose Education Representatives

Tracey Storey

Executive Chair, CEO, Proprietor Chair, and Company Strategic Safeguarding Lead

Henrietta Jordan

Schools’ Director and Company Deputy Strategic Safeguarding Lead

Andrew Patterson

Compliance Manager and Company Data Protection Officer

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