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Meet the Team

The Senior Leadership Team at Baston House School

Below is a brief description of the leaders at Baston House School and a chance for you to get to know them a little bit better. As always, the school’s doors are open and we welcome parental visits at any point, we only ask that you book an appointment in advance with the school office.

Adam De Vecchi – Headteacher

Adam has taught in Brazil and in the UK for a combined time of over 20 years. He has had experience in education from EYFS through to KS5 both in mainstream and special educational settings. In the past 12 years, he has worked in Autism specialist schools in the UK. Alongside this, his qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, qualified teacher status, a master’s Degree in Further Education, a SENCO qualification and a Designated Safeguarding Lead – Level 3.

Lauren Gibbs – Deputy Headteacher

Lauren has over 10 years’ experience teaching within both mainstream and specialist education and has worked across the key stages, within a range of roles. Lauren has extensive understanding of the National Curriculum and is experienced in generating personalised curriculums and providing targeted support for families and children with additional and complex needs. Lauren is passionate about the safeguarding and welfare of young people and is the named Designated Safeguarding Lead at our school. In addition to obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Primary education (with QTS), Lauren has also completed further studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and is an Ofqual certificated Instructor in Safeguarding Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults.

Gemma Connolly – Assistant Headteacher

Gemma has worked in SEN schools for over 10 years in a number of roles. She is a qualified teacher and prior to joining Baston House School was a Primary Lead. She has a vast amount of experience working with children who are faced with a variety of social, emotional and mental health challenges. She has set up and run phonics programs and other reading and writing challenges. She has a BA honours degree in Childhood Studies, specialising in Physical Education.

Elesha Coley – Assistant Headteacher

Elesha has over 10 years’ experience working with children in Special Educational Needs schools in a variety of settings. She has taught students from Early Years to KS5, her main passion being in food technology. Elesha is driven by helping students gain the appropriate skills, knowledge and qualifications to enable them to progress and succeed in the future. Currently undertaking the NPQSL, Elesha supports our pupils, parents and staff daily on all areas of the school.

Olivia Barnett – Inclusion Manager

Olivia has worked at Baston House School for over 7 years, previously as a teaching assistant, then developing and evolving the Family Liaison role, before moving into her current role of Inclusion Manager in September 2020.  Prior to this she had a career in the advertising industry before raising her family.

With personal experience of caring for a child with autism she is aware of the difficulties our families can face and is committed to promoting the welfare of our pupils.  Olivia is a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Attendance Officer and is first-responder to safeguarding on the school site.

Rachael Brown – Administration Manager

Rachael has over 10 years work experience in both maintained and private schools. Prior to this Rachael was an Office Manager for a large Surveying Company based in central London with responsibility for 3 regional offices. Rachael currently leads a team of three administrators at Baston House School.

Alvaro Rios – Assistant Headteacher

Alvaro has taught in Spain and in the UK for 10 years now. He has experience in education from Primary up to KS5. Alvaro is a qualified teacher with Physical Education as his specialty. Alvaro has worked at Baston House for over 6 years now and he has taught a wide range of subjects including, English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Spanish as a second language from KS2 to KS4.  Alvaro has delivered behaviour management training to staff members at Baston House School for the last 2 years as well as delivering SPELL, Autism specific training.

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