Meet the staff

Read about the people who will be looking after your children.

Deb Chappel

Deb Chappel

Head teacher.

Deb has been working in education for over 20 years, during this time she has worked for several local authorities and independent schools. She has held a variety of leadership and management roles including Designated Safeguarding Lead. Throughout her career she has been passionate about ensuring that all children reach their full potential.

Lucy Seddon


Lucy is a kind, caring, committed and motivated teacher with 13 years’ experience in SEND education. Working with children and young adults with a range of differing needs and abilities such as autism, ASD, PDA, ADHD and SPD, from  EYFS to KS3 and beyond. She is passionate about making education fun, meaningful and breaking down barriers to learning so that each individual reaches their full potential.  Receiving the best educational experiences, learning skills for life.

Helen Millington


Helen has 5 years experience working in the Education sector. She started out as a teaching assistant in 2016 and has been a qualified teacher for over 3 years. She is a passionate and experienced SEND lead with QTLS status, diligent and conscientious practitioner with a wide variety of expertise in sport, coaching, pedagogy and supporting learners with complex needs. Her passion and interests stem from the continued learning and development initiatives, with high views on the state of health and education of young people.

Megan Fox

Teaching Assistant

Megan is a very passionate and committed Teaching Assistant with 4 years of experience in SEND education. She has worked closely with children with a range of needs, including ASD, ADHD, GDD and Sensory Processing Needs within EYFS to KS2. Megan is looking forward to putting her years of experience into changing the lives of the children at Birchwood School.

Robyn Catterall

Teaching Assistant

Robyn has worked in the educational environment 4 years. Robyn enjoyed supporting the children with SEN. She has been a 1-1, a 2-1 and key worker within the designated provision she previously worked at. Robyn also has experience supporting a child with SEN (autism) in a mainstream class. Robyn is very a eager young woman who is extremely passionate about her role in our school Birchwood Children services. Her career goals are to be an SEN teacher, also to gain knowledge and experience with the Autistic spectrum and the teaching side of this.

Daniel Griffiths

Pastoral Lead

Daniel has 8 years experience working with children and young adults with autism. After beginning his career in the care industry Daniel realised that his skillset lies within building strong relationships with both the team and the people he works with. Daniel is experienced in working with a range of needs including ASD, ADHD, SPD, Fragile X syndrome and PDA. A lifelong background of sports has encouraged a nature of energy and enthusiasm when working closely with students whilst also being able to just sit back and listen.


Kathryn Galara

Teacher – Oak

Kathryn qualified as a teacher in 2007 with a specialism in English. After several years working with adults she decided to make a move over to work in SEN and SEMH settings and has had wide experience working with children and young adults with special needs including ASD, ADHD, ODD and sensory processing.

Kathryn prioritises the emotional and physical well-being of each child while promoting the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully move into adult life.


A happy, vibrant and positive committed teaching assistant with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Whilst raising her four children Toni volunteered in many different schools across key stages and completed a degree in Education with QTS and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. Whilst working as a supply teacher Toni developed a passion for teaching and supporting students with SEN, working to support children with various needs such as autism and ADHD. Toni’s passion for supporting students overcome barriers, motivates her to strive for an inclusive education for all.

Sarah Pritchard

Sarah has been working in school’s for 15 years. She has worked with children from the ages of 3 to 18, within mainstream, designated provisions and SEN education.  One of Sarah’s strong points is patience.  Sarah finds working with children and helping them very rewarding.

Gemma Rowbotham

Gemma is a passionate Teacher with 5 years’ experience within mainstream and SEND education. She began her career as a Teaching assistant after completing her degree in Special Educational Needs, she then qualified as a Teacher and has since worked with Children and young adults ranging from EYFS-KS4 and has experience working with ASD, PDA, ADHD, GDD and Down Syndrome. Gemma is passionate about being a fun, supportive teacher who enables students to reach their full potential in a safe, welcoming environment.

Lisa Waring

Throughout Lisa’s career she has worked in many different sectors such as retail, media, marketing and care, all of which have helped Lisa to develop her communication skills.  As a Special Police Officer, Lisa gained further experience and knowledge in verbal and non-verbal communication, working with people from all sectors in society.

After completing her Level 2 teaching assistant course in 2017, Lisa has gained lots of experience supporting children with ASD, ADHD and Downs Syndrome. Lisa has recently completed her SEND diploma and hopes her knowledge, enthusiasm and experience will help her to support the pupil’s within the school to achieve their full potential.

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