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School Scrutiny Board

Jane Worsley – Safe Guarding Lead Governor

Jane has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care. Starting her career as a Nurse then becoming a Midwife, Jane moved onto management roles in the residential care sector. Jane gained further qualifications through part time study throughout her career, including BA in Professional Studies, MBA and CIPD qualifications. In the last 10 years Jane has held the position of Deputy CEO of a large not for profit social care organisation working with both adults and children with very complex health and or social care needs. Prior to joining Outcomes First Group in March 2016, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Options Autism Group.


Anne Adams – Head Teacher

Anne has taught within the field of Special Education since 1985, in London and in Shropshire, and has been Head Teacher at Options Higford since April 2010. In addition to this role, Anne acts as Quality Improvement Partner for Education, providing peer support to her fellow Head Teachers of other Options Autism Schools. She also carries out reviews of autism practice at schools nationwide as a team member for Autism Accreditation (National Autistic Society).


Graham Norris – Head of Service

Graham has over 20 years’ experience working in Residential Schools for Children with Autism, challenging behaviour and complex needs and has worked with Options Autism since 2005. Graham has worked in both the voluntary and private sector, qualifying as a social worker in 2003. Graham is responsible for leading the ASC Residential Schools and is the Responsible Individual, ensuring the best possible quality Care and Education is delivered to our vulnerable young people. Prior to Joining Options Higford, Graham was Head of Social Work Services at a National Autistic Society Residential School, where Graham had worked for over ten years.


Rich Winzor – Deputy Head Teacher

After completing a BSc degree Richard started his career as a PE instructor in a Residential Special school for children with Autism. He then obtained his QTS via the Graduate Teacher Programme whilst teaching full time. After completing his NQT year, Richard then became a Senior Teacher. After 7 years working as a middle leader Richard moved to Options Higford in January 2012 taking on the role of Deputy Head Teacher. During his time at Higford Richard has lead the introduction of Info Exchange, supported the Clinical team in devising the new PBSP format and currently oversees behaviour support across the school. Richard also provides local schools with training on Autism and in his spare time is a guest lecturer for Autism at Wolverhampton University. Richard is due to complete his NPQH in December this year.


Rachael Sharpe – Operations and Registered Manager

Rachael has over 27 years’ experience working in health and social care, having worked most of her career with Autism, Learning Disabilities and Complex needs. Rachael moved onto management roles in the residential care sector, holding the position of Registered Manager and Operations Manager before joining Options Higford in August 2013.


Dr Carly Pointon – Clinical Lead & Consultant Clinical Psychologist

I am an integrative HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist committed to improving the lives of the children, families and staff that I work with. In total I have 19 years experience in psychological settings including Her Majesty’s Prison Service, the charitable sector, the NHS, private providers and educational establishments. I utilise my academic and research background to ensure that evidence based practice and treatment integrity are at the forefront of both my clinical work and the services I lead. In 2010 I begun training as a NHS Clinical Psychologist so I could combine my Forensic Psychology background and leadership skills with a Doctoral qualification; my goal has always been to use these skills to run high quality and bespoke services for children and families in the community. Since qualifying I have focused upon high quality clinical interventions and shaping services for children and families in education, care and in the community. I have recently started at Options Higford School and I am excited about our future plans for service delivery with my colleagues in the Clinical Team, Residential and Educational settings.


Samantha Carswell – Senior Teacher and SENCO

Sam has been teaching for the past eight years, working with children with a range of Special Educational Needs and more recently specialising in Autism. Sam has worked towards a range of relevant qualifications including a BEd (Hons), MA Education specialised in Complex Needs as well as The National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership and SENCO qualification. Sam has previously held the role of coordinator for students with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities and is now the Senior Teacher and SENCO with additional responsibilities of assessment and curriculum coordinator.


Julia Lewis – Administrator and Minute Taker

Julia joined Options Higford in August 2013 as an administrator with responsibility for student matters. With many years’ experience in secretarial work, most recently providing admin support to social workers in Child Protection and Adoption (for over nine years), Julia also previously spent ten years supporting children with special educational needs in mainstream education.


Parents can contact the board via the school on 01952 630600.

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