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Laura Nicholls - Health & Welfare Officer/School Nurse

I have worked at Birch Wood for 2 years. I am a Children’s Nurse and qualified in 2011, I have just undertaken a 'Return to Nursing Practice' course to revalidate my registration.

I have worked within SEN children and adults since 2006 and have a real passion for this work environment. I started working at Birch Wood school in October 2015 as a Learning Support Assistant within the classroom, a job that I loved. In February 2017 I was promoted to a Health and Wellbeing Post which enables me to use my Nursing qualification.


Alison Kowall - Health & Welfare Officer

My name is Alison Kowal and I have worked at Birch Wood for 9 years. I have worked within all areas of the school with varying needs of the children. I began work as a Learning Support Assistant within in the classroom, after 5 years I was successful at becoming a Senior teaching Assistant working closely with the classroom teachers and supporting them in their role. In February this year, I was promoted to a Health and Wellbeing Officer.


Our Health and Welfare Officers are based at site 1 but work closely across both sites to ensure a high standard of care and consistency are delivered. They are available Monday-Friday 8.30-4pm and are available to you  to listen to your concerns and questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact them if you require any help or support.

They are enthusiastic and dedicated to fulfilling the role to the best of their ability and delivering the highest standard of care to pupils, parents and staff.


Home School Link Worker

Biography to be added shortly 


Lucy Robson - Learning Mentor/Pet Therapy

I was appointed as Learning Mentor in April 2017. I support students across both our Main and Birch Wood Vale sites. I implement Pet Therapy within the school which includes animal-assisted therapy, this is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help students with a wide range of difficulties. I use my own pet dog Tula, who makes regular visits and works with students who need extra support.  


Paula Watts - Area School Nurse

Biography to be added shortly