SEN(D) (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)
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Our Pupil Support Team
The Pupil Support Team at Park Grove includes the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and two Children & Family Support Workers. Together our role is to support children and parents at Park Grove School. The Children & Family Support Workers are available to parents and children to listen to any problems or concerns and work with you to help or find answers. Whether you need someone to talk to, advice about where to find services in York or help with forms, we hope to be able to help. We will also work with the SENCO to support our children with special needs within school.
My name is Valérie Steunou and I am the Special Needs Coordinator for our school. I also teach French to all KS2 children. I have been working as a teacher at Park Grove for more than 10 years now.
I am French, born and bred, hence the strangely spelt name and peculiar accent. Although I am very fond of my home country and especially of my region Brittany (hence the even stranger surname), I have lived in an English speaking country most of my adult life – a fact that my family never tires of reminding me of! I started my teaching career at Exeter University before moving to Ireland to teach at Dublin University College. I loved teaching at university level, but when my 3 sons started school, I realised that I wanted to help younger children fulfil their potential. I have been lucky enough to teach in every year group from Year 1 to year 5. As a mother of children with SEND, I understand only too well how difficult it is for families to support a child for whom school and learning are daily challenges. I will do my absolute best to offer help, support and advice to our children with SEND so that they too can achieve their aspirations, working closely with a dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants with Miss Sawyer’s unwavering support.
As far as I can remember, I have always loved books and can often be heard bemoaning the lack of spare time, quiet spaces, adequate reading glasses etc… preventing me from retreating to a quiet corner for a day to read. When not failing to read, I love spending the spare time I don’t have in the kitchen cooking and baking. As a family, we also go home regularly to allow me to practise my French.
Should you have any question about SEND or my role in school, the Pupil Support Office where I am now based is halfway down the stairs by Class 5. My team and I will do our very best to support you, your child and your family.
Hi, my name is Liz Martindale and I am a Teaching Assistant and Children & Family Support Worker at Park Grove School. I have worked at the school for 5 years but have been involved with the school for 13 years as a parent. I have 3 children aged 17, 15 and 10 who all attended or are attending Park Grove. I used to work as a medical underwriter for an insurance company but left to be at home with my children. Six years ago I retrained as a Teaching Assistant and began work at Park Grove. I love being with the children helping them learn and develop. Each day is different and we have fantastic children at Park Grove so I feel very lucky to be part of their lives.
I love working as a Children & Family Support Worker in the Pupil Support team. I firmly believe children need to be happy to learn well and I do my absolute best to help any child who is having difficulties. As a parent to 3 children I also know how hard it can be! I am always available for any parent or carer who would like someone to talk to about any worries or concerns.
Outside school I like reading, swimming and going to the gym. I also have some wonderful friends who I enjoy meeting up with.
Hi, my name is Natalie Slater and I have worked at Park Grove for the last three years. I have quite a varied role in school – I work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 2, where I provide in class support mainly to Class 6 but to one or two others, as and when needed. I teach Art to Classes 5, 6 and 7 each Thursday morning and I am also a valuable member of the school’s Pupil Support Team, which involves working as a Children & Family Support Worker. If you would like to know about the role of a Children & Family Support Worker, please go to the relevant page. I am originally from the Red Rose County of Lancashire where I have worked with children and young people, in other schools since April 2004. I still regularly travel to Lancashire to visit family and friends. I have a 16 year old son who has just completed his GCSE’s at All Saints RC School.
In my spare time (which doesn’t feel like much at the moment), I love listening to music, particularly going to concerts which I didn’t get much chance to do when I was younger and so I’m making up for lost time! I enjoy travelling to foreign places and I try not to go to the same place twice, as the world is a big place and I want to see as much of it as possible! I love to read books, especially autobiographies because I am very nosy and I like to see how the other live (only joking)! I also enjoy socialising, meeting new people and generally having a right good giggle (laughter is the best medicine after all)! I love working with children and I am passionate about making a positive difference to children’s lives, no matter how big or small. I enjoy watching children thrive and get a real sense of achievement if I have been able to contribute in helping them to reach their potential.
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The Pupil Support Team are assisted by two of our Governor Team.
We are available as follows:
Ms Martindale – Monday to Thursday
Mme Steunou – Wednesday and Friday
Miss Slater – Tuesday to Friday
We can be found in the Pupil Support room, half way up the year 3-4 stairs. You are welcome to drop in or contact us on the school number – 01904 554390.