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Our Staff at Our Place Schools
Senior Staff


The home and school is run by a Senior Management Team (SMT) of Head of Facilities (Responsible Person), Head of Care (Registered Manager), Head of Education, Head of Business & Administration and Care Managers.
A senior manager is on call 24 hours a day.
In the home a Duty Manager leads each team of support workers.
There are three teams who work a shift rota. The support workers provide additional support to the children in school. Each team will have a mix of male and female staff and age ranges above the minimum 21 years.
The school employs qualified teachers with experience in the field of Severe Learning Disabilities and challenging behaviours. Each class will be taught and supported by one teacher, one teaching assistant and support workers to bring in a ratio of one child or young person to one and a half staff. Members of the care and education staff are supported by ancillary staff including an experienced and qualified maintenance team, landscaping team, catering team and administration team. 
We hold a single central register listing all staff qualifications and safeguarding information, this is only open to examination by those who have a legal right to do so.

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A large proportion of the staff team have had prior training up to NVQ3 in Caring for Children or equivalent or higher qualifications, those that don’t hold the minimum qualification (NVQ 3) prior to starting will undertake training for the Level 3 Children and Young People’s Workforce Diploma or Advanced Apprenticeship in Children’s Care and Learning Development soon after completion of their probationary period.

Many of the staff will have previous experience in the field of Severe Learning Disabilities and challenging behaviour and will have additional qualifications such as B.A (Hons) degrees in other areas such as Drama, Art and Music education.

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Senior Staff
David French - Director

David French has held a number of senior management posts and is experienced in start ups, MBOs, IPOs, acquisitions, disposals and turn arounds. He was appointed Investor Director in March 2013 and is responsible for operations and business development. In addition to his operational role, he is a member of the Board of Governors.

Lena Greatwich - Head of Facilities – Registered Manager

Lena is an extremely experienced manager. She holds qualifications in counselling skills, NVQ 4 Health and Social Care - Children & Young People as well as the NVQ4 in Leadership and management in Care Children & Young People. She has previously been a Support Worker and Team Leader within a residential home for young adults and children. She went onto become the manager of a small home unit.

Sandra Jones - Head of Business Administration

Sandra has 25 years experience working in accounts as Office Manager. She has been a Director of J&CM Brook Limited for 15 years prior to working at Our Place. Sandra holds responsibility for managing the financial department of Our Place. Sandra has an insight into children with Autism through personal experience

Sarah Davies - Head of Care

Sarah has 18 years’ experience working in residential special education and 7 years in senior management, where she has achieved Outstanding Quality of Care.

She has worked with young people with MLD, SLD, ASD and EBD, and has introduced both communication methods such as PECs and Makaton and therapeutic interventions.
She has also worked successfully with issues relating to substance misuse.

Sarah has previously held the position of Independent Complaints Advisor for a local authority in the children’s and family team, and has been an independent Regulation 33 visitor for two services.
She holds an Advanced Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 3, a Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 4 and a Diploma in Leadership and Management Level 4.


Chris Coombs - Head of Education

Chris joined Our Place in November 2016 with plans to build on the work and educational structure that was in place.

He spent his early career working in a number of positions following his interests but realised in 2004 that what he really wanted to do was work in education and spent time working in a main stream primary school before successfully applying for a job as a teaching assistant at an SEN school. Whilst working there he finished his initial degree and then went on to complete his teacher training in a main stream primary school. After spending 4 years working at a residential EBD, he spent just over 4 years working in a large SEN school where he realised that this was something that he had a real passion for and an ability to really thrive in.

He is passionate about outdoor education and his plans include extending the opportunities available to our students through the use of Our Place’s extensive grounds, alongside the relationships already fostered with some local farms.

Chris’s qualifications include a BA (Hons) Human Geography, Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies, MA Education, National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders and he is also a certified Nurture Group Practitioner.

The Our Place Schools Ltd Board of serving Governors are as follows:

David French (Chair)
David Hall
Joanne Lofting
Sarah Rouse
Anne Conry
Noelle Wilson
Adam Greaves


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Our Place Schools
The Orchard
Bransford, Worcester

Tel. 01886 833378
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