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Woodlane High School has a dedicated team of specialist staff who hold appropriate qualifications relevant to their roles. Many have years of experience teaching or supporting within an SEND environment and are eager to work with the pupils and the range of needs within the school. All staff, regardless of role have completed an enhanced DBS check, have an understanding of safeguarding and are eligible to work within Woodlane. Safer recruitment processes ensure this information is verified prior to appointment. 

All staff are supported to enable pupils, this is done by ongoing training, monitoring and guidance. View current staff through the areas of responsibility below.

School Leadership Team

Role Name  
Headteacher/DSL Claire Maynard
Deputy Head Tim Heapy
Deputy Head (KS3)/DSL Robert Morgan
Assistant Head (KS4)      Stephanie Corless
School Business Manager    Dona John



Teaching Staff

Department Name  
Lead Practitioner/SENDCO/MMH Coordinator/History Mary Jelen
Lead Practitioner/EHCP Coordinator/Intervention Teacher Jenny Jermain
English/Literacy Nadia Martin

Maths/Numeracy Sameer Patel

Mairead Ulamoleka

Computing/Virtual Learning Leader Shamima Islam
Art and Design Richard Freitas
Design Technology/TA Leader

Alison Hall 

Nurture Leader Emma Davey


Catherine Till

PSCHE Emma Cullen

RE/Geography/Vocational Studies Sylwia Wieliczko
PE/Parent Partnership Leader

Joseph Entwistle

Transition Leader Sonal Hirani

KS4 Nurture Teacher

Sarah Winskell






Non-Teaching Team

Admin and Finance

Department Name  
School Business Manager     Dona John    
Administration Officer     Vacancy

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Receptionist/Administration Assistant

Tina Miller

Exams Officer      Richard Freitas
IT Consultant (TurnItOn) Angel Angelov

Premises Staff

Name Department  
Daniel Busby Site & Facilities Manager

Senior Teaching Assistant  

Sarah Blinco Senior TA


Teaching Assistants

Name Subject Specialism  
Peter Opiyo Lamolony

HLTA/Cover Supervisor


HLTA/Cover Supervisor/EHCPs

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Chloe Ponciano HLTA/Mental Health


Lucy Farrell HLTA/MMH


Meriel Carmona French/Spanish
Lexy Reid Key Worker/Nurture

Reece Summers Key Worker

Zach Foxall Maths

Zara Din (Apprentice) maternity leave


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Kevin Ayree 






Shilan Ahmed Specialist TA/Science Lab Technician

Debbie Watkins Specialist TA- Careers Advisor/ PSCHE

Susan Jackson Transition

Abdullah Shah Computing Specialist TA

Amanda Smith  English

Molly Berentson O'Donnell Humanaties/ Specialist TA - Travel & Independence Trainer

Jayden Henry (Apprentice) Food Technology

Saliha Belarbaoui Djebbar Key Worker

Demi Bolton (Apprentice) Key Worker/Nurture

Tracey Tuitt

Key Worker/Drawing and Talking

Linda Ivens Specialist TA/ Nurture /Key Worker/Pastoral Support

Evan Irish Key Worker
Ana Drummond Key Worker

Support Agency Partnership

Department Name  
Occupational Therapist    

Hannah Vine


Joanne Gullick/

Marcia Mohammed

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School Nurse   Marie Thomas

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RESPOND Therapist Lead

Shanice Richards

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MIND Therapist Lead


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Lead Speech and Language Therapist 

Anna Carey

Speech and Language Therapist Daisy Best-Shaw

Therapy Dogs - Volunteers

Day Name  
Visits on Monday and Thursday Otis

Visits Monday - Friday Pandora




Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENCO), holds a Masters in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The SENDCO has the following responsibilities:

  • Medical and Medical Health Leader
  • Co-ordination of additional pupil support (higher need e.g. ASD, PD etc.)
  • Staff training and INSET
  • External support/training
  • Support with EHCPs
  • Newsletters and advice to parents
Role Name  
SENDCO   Mary-Louise Jelen