Meet the SEND team

The Inclusion department consists of a team of around 16 teaching assistants, 10 of whom specialise in working with students with a vision impairment. The department is led by Mrs Lomas the Inclusion Leader/SENCo and is overseen by Ms Orchard, one of our Assistant Head teachers. Mrs Maltby is the head of our Vision Resource Base and is a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI).  We are assisted by Mrs White who is the Inclusion Administration Manager and Miss Burke.

Meet the Inclusion Leader: Mrs A Lomas

My teaching & learning specialisms

Since starting at Plantsbrook in 1999, I have taught Science at KS3 & KS4, and Biology at KS5.  I have enjoyed being part of our excellent pastoral system, having had many years of experience of being an Achievement Co-ordinator. I became the Leader of Inclusion (SENCo) in September 2015.

My philosophy for inclusion

My main priority is for our SEND children to be happy and safe within their learning environment. To ensure that every child has accessibility to their education no matter what their needs are. To encourage everyone to work as a team around the child ensuring they are able to fulfil their potential.

Head of Vision Resource Base/Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI): Mr S Turnbull

My teaching & learning specialisms

I am a Teacher of Design Technology and have also been a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) since 2006.  Before joining Plantsbrook School during Easter 2020, I worked in mainstream and special schools and also as a Peripatetic Teacher supporting young people with sight loss in Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

My philosophy for inclusion

Inclusion is about being involved, not just being present, whether that be in school, at home or the wider world. As a school we should provide the opportunities for all of our students to engage and thrive in whatever they choose to do.

Senior Leader Linked to Inclusion: Ms N Orchard

My teaching & learning specialisms

I am Assistant Head teacher with the responsibility for the line management of the Inclusion department, including the VI Resource Base. I enjoy working with this dedicated team of professionals.

I am one of the Lead Designated Leaders for Safeguarding and have responsibility for whole school Performance Management.

The main subject that I teach is geography which I have a passion for and the reason that I came into teaching.

My philosophy for inclusion


Everyone has value and should be given the opportunity to share their light.

Meet the Inclusion Admin Manager: Mrs C White

My role

My role is to take care of the administration side of the Inclusion team, making sure all paperwork and systems are up to date.

My philosophy for inclusion

I believe that all children should be treated equally, regardless of their ability.  They should be provided with a positive environment in which they can test and challenge themselves, to encourage them to be the very best that they can be.

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