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Meet the Senior Team

Rich Winzor – 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 this time Richard lead the introduction of Info Exchange, supported the Clinical team in devising the new PBSP format and maintained responsibility for behaviour support across the school. Richard has also provided local schools with training on Autism and in his spare time has been a guest lecturer for Autism at Wolverhampton University. Richard completed his NPQH in 2017 with Edge Hill University and also completed a Trauma Informed Schools Level 5 diploma with Cardiff University in 2018. Richard took over from Anne as Head Teacher in December 2020.


Lucy Shortt – Consultant Specialist Speech & Language Therapist / Wellbeing Co-ordinator

During Lucy’s 30 year career as a Speech and Language Therapist, she has worked with a broad client base both within the NHS and the independent sector. She has also run her own private practice. In her current role as Wellbeing Co-ordinator and Consultant Specialist Speech and Language Specialist, Lucy manages the clinical team at Options Higford and provides specialist operational and clinical support across multiple fostering, care and education sites. Clinically her areas of specialism include: Learning Disability and Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Social Communication Disorder (SCD) Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Specific Language Disorder and Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. Lucy strongly believes in the need for mutual respect in an organisation and a person centred multi-professional approach. She is committed to striving to provide quality clinical intervention, support, training and supervision.

Samantha Carswell – Deputy Head Teacher

Sam has been teaching for the past ten 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 SENDCO with additional responsibilities of assessment and curriculum coordinator.

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