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Hi, My name is Laura Nicholls and I have worked at Birch Wood for nearly 2 years. I am a Qualified Children’s Nurse and qualified in 2011, I am currently about to undertake 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 Worker within the classroom, a job that I loved. In February 2017 I was successful at getting a Health and Wellbeing Post which will enable me to use my Nursing qualification.

This is a really exciting opportunity and I am really looking forward to working closely with the students and parents.


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 successful at getting a Health and Wellbeing Officer Post.

We are based at site 1 but work closely across both sites to ensure a high standard of care and consistency are delivered. We are available Monday-Friday 8.30-4pm and are always here to listen to your concerns and questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are both here to help and support.

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