Learning Team

'Those who can, teach.....'

We have a team of teachers with an excellent record of facilitating outstanding student progress and who advocate strongly for multisensory learning.  Their learning approach is visual, active and experiential to enable students to engage and to embed knowledge and skills.

Our team are skilled in specific learning differences and evidence experience of a range of education settings in a range of roles, thus equipping them for the dynamic, aspirational environment at Abbot's Way.

Hellen Lush

Lead teacher for Science and Creative Arts

Member of our Senior Leadership Team

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Equine Science and Technology
  • QTS GTP
  • Member of ISA

Hellen is an experienced teacher of Science, PSHE, Maths and PE in both private and mainstream schools. During her time in education she has enjoyed curriculum review and design, middle and senior leadership and has taken advantage of a wealth of CPD and networking opportunities which have enriched and accelerated her career to date.

Highlights for Hellen as a teacher;

  • finding the unique 'brilliance' specific to each student, in order to connect and be able to engage them in learning and develop self belief
  • watching self esteem grow and students achieve their potential

Hellen brings empathy, energy and intuition to the classroom at Abbot’s Way.

Kate Rogers

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PGCE Primary (Mathematics)
  • PGCE in SEN and Inclusion 
  • NASENCO (National Award for SEN Coordination)
  • Level 4 Developing Literacy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia

Alongside her SENCo role, Kate will develop, lead and deliver ‘Nurture’, our bespoke programme woven through our Learn to Thrive curriculum, for students who require a specific, regular intervention further to personalised support provided within learning sessions.  Kate's expertise and deep understanding of students' specific learning differences will ensure that through monitoring, teaching is of the highest quality and that students make progress in line with their potential.

Alf Thompson

Lead teacher for Mathematics, ICT and Sport

Member of our Senior Leadership Team

  • MSc Education Management 
  • Associate member of the Dyslexia Guild
  • Member of the Royal Insitution
  • MA Education Management
  • BSc. (QTS) Hons

Alf will lead Maths and ICT, bringing his vast range of classroom and leadership experience to Abbot’s Way.  He is passionate about specialist education and about his curriculum areas.  Alf personalises learning and drives student progress, working collaboratively with team members and communicating effectively with parents.

Kirsty Haddleton

Lead teacher for Learning for Life and Humanities

BA (Hons) Theology

PGCE Secondary (RE and SEN)

MA contemporary religions and spiritualities

BSA Qualification

Kirsty has extensive teaching experience across key stages, across curriculum areas and within a range of education settings including SEN.  

She brings a strong sense of community, adventure, and love of learning to Abbot’s Way. Kirsty is an advocate for harnessing the lateral thinking gift that dyslexics possess and assist children in understanding that all subjects are interconnected, enriching students’ understanding of the world.  As a dyslexic herself, with a dyslexic child, she hopes to foster such gifts as well as support students in challenging themselves to push the boundaries.

Kirsty’s approach validates students’ feelings, supports them in recognising complex emotions and simultaneously helping them develop problem solving skills. 

Kirsty has an abundance of experience running trips and organising events.  She can't wait to embark on our ‘Venture’ programme.

Outside of school, Kirsty is a massive music and movie fan and loves nothing more than live music. She's also a traveller and is currently dreaming of her next family adventure.

Claire Lynch

Lead teacher for English and Literacy

  • B.A (Hons) English Language and Literature

  • PGCE English and History

  • Emotional ResilienceTraining ( Barnados)

Claire brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Abbot’s Way, having taught across a variety of settings and age groups, with a background in and passion for SpLD.  She is an advocate for student - led learning and brings empathy and aspiration to her classroom.  Claire’s calm and proactive approach will offer nurture, structure and clarity for our exceptional students. She has huge experience of working with students who struggle to find alternative ways to access education.  More recently Claire has worked with parents and families to build confidence in managing young peoples' anxiety.

Outside of work, Claire enjoys camping, walking, reading and working on creative projects with her sons.

Apollo (God of Healing and Light)

Apollo - Abbot's Way SchoolNow nearly 14 months old, Apollo is our AWS black lab.  He enjoys running, lots of swimming, eating (anything except children), relaxing and spending time with our students. 

Not to be underestimated as a valued member of our team, his gentle, affectionate approach is a hit with young people and it is amazing to watch the therapeutic effects of such an animal when a child is feeling anxious.

Equally it is great to see Apollo out playing with students chasing balls or visiting classrooms to say hello in his own special way.