At West London Community College we have a set of well- established, devoted and enthusiastic staff members who carry a huge amount of experience, and are from a variety of backgrounds including day centres, SEN schools, residential homes and hospitals.
Our staff are all CRB checked, and trained to meet the requested standards such as; Protection of Vulnerable Adults, Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and Equality and Diversity.
Staff also possess QCF qualifications in Health and Social Care, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) qualifications, Epilepsy training, Makaton training, Emergency First Aid training and Challenging Behaviour training.
The college has chosen personnel to manage health and safety and enforce fire procedures. Everyone who works at West London Community College has elected to specialise in the field of autism spectrum conditions and Asperger’s syndrome, so any training sourced is therefore centred on these areas of expertise.
SANDRA JOHNSTONE – Service Manager
Sandra is the Service Manager at West London Community College with over 30 years’ experience in social care including over 20 years in managerial positions across a wide range of services for adults with autism and learning disabilities. Prior to joining WLCC, Sandra managed several Local Authority day services, where her work focused around developing these services. Prior to this, she held roles across services specialising in mental health, learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Sandra is a fully qualified life coach, and holds a Higher National Diploma in Social Care Management.
CRAIG APPLETON – Service Deputy Manager
Having joined West London Community College in 2006 Craig realised that this was the vocation he had a keen interest in. He gained qualifications in Teaching, Health & Safety, NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management, as well as associated courses related to autism. Craig also set up projects such as Step Up, ASCAT, a Saturday Respite Service, Club Amigo and secured funding for, and managed a successful college football team. Promoted in 2010 to Deputy Manager, Craig enjoys aiding staff development and organises all staff training within the college. Craig is innovative and creative, always finding ways to improve service delivery for the students.
KYLE THORPE – Service Deputy Manager
Kyle started volunteering at West London Community College in 2011 whilst he was revising for his finals at University. He joined the service as a Vocational Training Officer in 2012 and instantly fell in love with the role. Kyle developed his knowledge and understanding of autism and the service and was promoted to a senior position in 2013. He was enrolled on a QCF Level 5 in Health and Social Care Management to aid his development and this paid dividends for him, as he was promoted into a Deputy Manager position in 2015. Kyle has flourished in this role, sharing in the development of both the staff team and the service as a whole.
Kyle has, over time, become specialised in behaviour management and support. He delivers a training package, created by him, to support staff continual development.