Meet the Teams
Here is some information on the therapy and nursing teams that visit the students at Walton Leigh. Please feel free to contact the teams by phoning into school or sending a message via the home-school book.
Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)
Kate Bramley Bee Hardcastle Yaksha Makan Carley Aristide Katie Mason
Kate Bramley is our team lead and is supported by Bee Hardcastle (SLT), Yaksha Makan (SLT) - currently on Maternity Leave, Carley Aristide (SLT assistant) and Katie Mason (SLT assistant). You can contact the team sending a message via your child’s home-school book or teacher, or by phoning or emailing.
If your child is in Wisley, Painshill, Runnymede, Polesden, or Hampton then please contact Bee (Bee.Hardcastle@surreycc.gov.uk)
If your child is in Horsley, Kew, Richmond, Claremont, Clandon or Sandown, or you want to discuss swallowing concerns for any child in the school then please contact Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The team work closely with the class teams to embed communication strategies in all lessons and ensuring that all students can communicate to the best of their abilities in social activities. We want to ensure each student has an effective way of communicating and they have reasons and opportunities to communicate. This will happen through the team spending time in classes supporting the staff and students, offering training, working with the school senior leadership team and problem solving as needs arise. We are guided by the children’s EHCPs but we are very much needs led and offer support tailored to the student’s current needs.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Bee Costa Laura Bedford Clara Boxall Mary Hogan Angela Wheeler
The OT service can support specialist educational settings to develop a ‘whole school’ approach to delivering occupational therapy. This involves the OT team working with the educational setting to facilitate incorporation of OT strategies, advice and activities as part of whole school and whole class practise. This enables the whole school population to access OT to enhance participation in daily activities as part of their daily routines.
We provide universal support which can be accessed through training, workshops and link sessions arranged through meetings with the Therapists when they visit the school and through joint working as part of the school routine to share practices and approaches.
In addition, the website; www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk has resources to support school and parents.
If parents have any queries regarding OT please discuss these with your class teacher.
Tina Coombes, Physiotherapist
Emma Hopley, Physiotherapy Assistant
Tina and Emma are in school one day each week. An assessment is completed to inform the setting of goals and provision of a physiotherapy programme. The physiotherapy team provide training, guidance and support to staff at the school in regards to therapeutic handling and use of equipment as well implementation of therapy programmes that are incorporated into the school day.
Millbrook Wheelchair Service are based in Sheerwater (they may occasionally offer a clinic within school). For Issues with wheelchairs (Including positioning and maintenance concerns) please contact wheelchair services on 0330 124 8210 or by email email@example.com
Orthotics takes place at White Lodge. These clinics can be booked by parents directly for students open to orthotics via 07775 410 880.
Further information on our service and resources to support school and parents can be found on our website; www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk
Helen Wells Alison Jefferies
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