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Our Staff Team

I’m Susanna and I’m delighted to be the Executive Head at Sketchley School. It is a very special place for very special children.

Originally from the North East, I have lived and worked in the Midlands for the last five years. My background is predominantly in the independent schools sector and in autism in particular. I am a passionate advocate that every child matters, and have dedicated my life to making a difference to children and their families. I have throughout my career challenged myself to gain new knowledge, experiences and skills in order that I can remain at the forefront of educational development and steer my schools, safely, progressively and productively to brighter futures.

Safeguarding children is at the core of all I do, and in my personal life I am a Magistrate who specialises in Child and Family Law. I operate an open door policy and you will find me approachable and transparent. I want the best for your child, as do you and I know that we will work together, in partnership to secure positive outcomes.

Susanna Craig. JP. BEd. MEd. MBA.

Executive Head Teacher at Sketchley School

Our Staff Team

Sketchley School’s staff team are highly knowledgeable autism educators, with a wealth of specialised experience and training. They re-engage our young people with learning and provide the support that they need to achieve rapid and significant progress, academically, socially and emotionally.

“To the amazing people that have helped me, thank you to all the staff for just making kids’ lives better…Priory helped me feel like I fitted in more and gave me a sense of direction that I couldn't get with mainstream school”

Former Sketchley School pupil

“Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and creative, imaginative, effective ways of conveying knowledge and understanding to pupils. Teachers and teaching assistants have an excellent understanding of the learning characteristics of pupils, including their emotional and personal needs.”

Sketchley School Ofsted Report

 

Every class has a qualified specialist Teacher, supported by a highly skilled and experienced team of higher level qualified Teaching Assistants. It is very important to us that pupils work with a consistent team, taking a consistent approach and for this reason, we do not use agency staff or Supply Teachers. Our committed, creative staff build trusting and caring relationships with young people and establish a positive and supportive learning environment, tailored to their individual needs. Every day they model the behaviour we are looking for our young people to develop themselves.

Our in-house expert Therapy Team is led by a Clinical Psychologist and includes two Speech and Language Therapists, two Occupational Therapists, two Counsellors and an Art, Play and Music Therapist. All teaching staff have been trained to integrate therapy into daily lessons and work closely with our Therapy Team who plan and oversee this.

The professional development of our staff is promoted by access to the comprehensive and continually updated training programme we access as part of Priory Education and Children’s Services, one of the UK’s leading specialist education providers.

Staff work in partnership with parents, providing daily updates on progress and regularly consulting on next steps. All have an understanding of the impact that having a child with autism can have on families. There is an open door culture, which promotes open communication with families and facilitates easy access to all staff, including the Head Teacher.

“Pupils’ behaviour and social relationships improve considerably, often from low starting points on entry to the school. Their good attendance supports their progress”

Sketchley School Ofsted Report

“Progression House have helped by giving me support throughout college classes when I’ve needed it and in-house on site, in lessons from their wide group of staff members who work really well with young adults with autism. The life skills lessons that take place at Progression House do a great job in helping students out for getting ready in adult life. I have become so confident in my writing ability thanks to my English lessons that I launched my own news website after getting accepted on to the Journalism college course."

Former Sketchley School pupil and current BTEC Level 3 Journalism student

 

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