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Meet the Team

David Lyall SENCO

BA, MA, PGCE, PG Cert in Critical Friendship.

I hold the National SENCO award. I also have dyslexia training from the BDA.

I am trained in MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and have Tavistock and Portman Mental Health training in Understanding Adolescents.

I manage the Emotional Support Team in the School.

I have been a Secondary school teacher for more than 30 years, teaching English Lang and Lit to GCSE level and literacy and numeracy at primary level also.

I have just started a training course in BSL. (British Sign Language)

Rachel Brown 2ic SENCO


I have been a secondary school teacher for 9 years and a Head of Department for 6 years teaching Design and Technology up to A level and Science up to GCSE.

I completed the high performance learning award for schools in 2019. I have a Level 4 Diploma in SEND and a Level 3 Diploma in Child Psychology. I have now started a training course in British Sign Language and Speech and Language Therapy (Level 3).

I am a keyworker for a number of pupils on the SEN register

Allison Bolger HLTA


HLTA with maths specialism

I have completed training to support pupils with Autism.

As a keyworker for a number of pupils on the SEN register, I strive to ensure that they have the necessary resources to meet their learning needs.

I support in class and teach maths to groups of Year 11 GCSE pupils who benefit from small group work.

I also teach Entry Level mathematics to pupils who need to consolidate their basic maths knowledge.

I have a responsibility for exam concessions ensuring that pupils are assessed to receive extra time, readers and scribes in their assessments and exams when it is their normal way of working. Our team will then act as readers, scribes and invigilators to these pupils.

Sarah Brewster Learning Support Assistant

I believe an inclusive education should be available to all pupils. As an LSA, I support pupils with a variety of different needs.

I run targeted small group interventions to improve and develop the learning and/or behaviour of our SEN pupils. 

I audit our departments’ key worker system and help run diagnostic testing to screen and diagnose pupils with specific learning difficulties. I have implemented coffee mornings for our parents/carers of pupils with Autism. I have teaching experience in the Technology department. 

I am also one of the founding members of the Leytonstone School alumni. I have a passion for post education advice and have organised a careers day with former pupils, opened up conversations on different careers which has enabled me to pair SEN pupils with previous alumni pupils for mentoring. 

I am currently learning British Sign Language and I am trained in:

  • AET Making Sense of Autism 
  • Behaviour Management 
  • Core Strategies for delivering effective literacy intervention 
  • Extending and Enhancing Good Autism Practice 
  • Supporting the unique SEMH needs of pupils with SEND
  • Autism and Anxiety 
  • Comic Strip Conversations
  • First Aid

Hazel Cole HLTA


I have worked in both primary and secondary schools for more than 20 years with a focus on reading acquisition and numeracy skills and I have been trained to deliver the Ruth Miskin Read Write Scheme using synthetic phonics.  

I am a Prince's Trust advisor and internal moderator.

I have led ASDAN classes and AQA Unit Awards.

I am the school's Listening Champion, supporting Hearing Impaired pupils.

I have taught Entry Level Science and Maths as well as Foundation Skills English and BTEC Science.

I support pupils in our Group Room provision and ensure they have suitable placements after they have finished at Leytonstone School.‚Äč

I am currently training in level 1 BSL

Annie Phipps HLTA

I am an adviser for Princes Trust and currently teach KS4.

I am a Lexia teacher and have training in Dyslexia from the BDA. I am a teacher of EAL.

I am also trained in Mental Health First Aid and provide emotional support for pupils.

I am a part of the Emotional Support Team in the School.

I am a key worker for pupils in all year groups and provide in class support.  I also run Badge Club.

I am a form tutor for 9W.