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Alison Kowal - 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 2017, I was promoted to a Health and Wellbeing Officer.


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


Sarah Aldridge - 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.