We have a fabulous staff team who come together from a variety of exciting backgrounds.  They all have one thing in common - they’re passionate about learning and children.

As numbers grow so will our team but as our bank of talent grows, please be assured they will all have this passion and understanding of our unique school.

 

School Liaison Lead - Michelle Dunne

BA Honours, PGCE, CCET, CP3TA, BPS -RQTU

Michelle is a highly experienced teacher and school leader having worked on school leadership teams in primary and secondary settings and both independent and state sectors. A specialist assessor and Member of the British Psychological Society with a Level 7 qualification, she is passionate about supporting children and young people to succeed. Michelle has a broad CV of experience across all abilities and age ranges, most recently having worked as an ALNCo and on the management team of an independent school for pupils aged 3-16.  Michelle is well known for her empathetic, intuitive, positive can-do approach and for her commitment to raising self-esteem and developing positive mental health in young people.

School Manager -Peter Davies

BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Physical Education, 5 years experience SEN support, with CPD ongoing in Autism support.  Peter has that rare quality of strength together with a gentle manner.  Our pupils will always be in good hands with Pete around.

 

Lead Secondary Teacher -Michelle Downe

​Michelle is a highly experienced secondary qualified Maths teacher with 25 years Maths teaching experience at secondary level and up to A’level.  Additionally, Michelle has 20 years experience as an examiner with Edexcel and was a specialist PGCE tutor with the Open University and also has 10 years experience mentoring NQTs in primary and secondary settings. Michelle is experienced working with pupils with ASD and ADHD and is currently mid-way through a Level 5 Certificate in Dyslexia: Literacy Support and Intervention. Michelle is pragmatic, highly organised and intuitive in her approach. 

Lead Primary Teacher -Rachael Smith

Rachael has over twenty years primary teaching experience working in mainstream settings and with children with a variety of additional needs. She has previously held responsibilities in schools for health an wellbeing and maths and also has been an induction mentor for newly qualified teachers. 

Science Teacher Consultant - Alice Marlow

Alice is a highly experienced qualified secondary Science teacher with a PGCE in Physics and Science teaching. As well as almost 20 years teaching experience, Alice also has an MSc in Environmental Management and industry experience working in environmental management and alternative energy. Alice has taught up to A'level Biology, Physics and

Business Studies as well as having taught GCSEs in the Sciences, Geography, Business Studies and Sport Science. Alice is an encouraging and enthusiastic teacher who brings science to life. 

Outdoor School Teacher - Leo Nicholson

BA(Hons) Animation, BSc Natural Sciences, Outward Bound Instructor and our Outdoor School/Discovery School specialist - Calm, talented and ready for all things outdoors.

GCSE Teaching Assistant - Japnoor Garcha

Japnoor is working with us whilst working on a PhD relating to factors affecting the well-being of children and young people who are autistic. Japnoor also has an MA in Psychology and has work experience supporting children and young people with counselling for anxiety and other issues. Japnoor is calm, patient and hugely knowledgable. 

 

Teaching Assistant -Dan Flower

An enthusiastic member of the team, Dan has several years experience in sports coaching and working with young people in activity based learning. He will be mixing his work with us with his studies. 

 

Teaching Assistant - Shan Illiffe

BA(Hons) Creative & Therapeutic Arts - experienced TA with children with Autism - Shan brings with her a lot of experience in SEN support, a hugely creative mind, plus energy and fun!  

Teaching Assistant - Jess Inglis

BA(Hons) Creative & Therapeutic Arts - experienced TA with children with Autism. Jess has worked with younger and older autistic children in relation to therapeutic arts. Jess is passionate about creative inclusivity and a holistic approach to supporting children and young people. 

Teaching Assistant - Chloe Lynch

Chloe is currently combining her teaching assistant role with her degree studies. She is studying for BSc in Education, Psychology and Special Education Needs. Chloe has worked as a tutor for groups and 1:1 in Maths and English and also has a Level 3 qualification in supporting teaching and learning in schools. Chloe has a very calm and kind approach.

Teaching Assistant - Romey Williamson

Romey is currently combining her teaching assistant role with her degree studies. She is studying for BSc in Education, Psychology and Special Education Needs at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Romey is fun to be around and passionate about equal opportunities for those with additional needs. 

PROPRIETOR - Mrs Harriet Harrison

The owner of Eastward House School is Mrs Harriet Harrison.

Mrs Harrison is also the proprietor of Castle School, Pembs and Westward House School, Carmarthenshire. 

Mrs Harrison's home address is: Addle Pitts, Llawhaden, Narberth, Pembs, SA67 8DX

 

We also have supportive relationships with outside specialist practitioners that we can rely upon for outsourced advice and consultancy to support our pupils who may need additional help.

 

All our staff are encouraged to challenge themselves and take on new responsibilities within the school.  We are hugely supportive of those wanting to develop their skills and grow; proof that education never really stops…