The St Aubyn Centre Therapeutic Education Department believes that all young people should be provided with appropriate education in a safe, stable, containing learning environment. Our students are aged 13 to 18 and academically they range from mild learning difficulties to gifted and talented. They are given opportunities to succeed through the use of highly personalised individual education plans which are linked to the Care Pathway for their mental health problem. We see engagement with education in the widest sense as fundamental to recovery. The Therapeutic Education Department works closely with the nurses, doctors and therapists at the centre and with a wide range of professionals in the community.

Essex County Council is the local authority responsible for the Education Department.

Management Committee

The Head of Education provides inspirational leadership which is both insightful and uncompromising in its aspiration to elicit the absolute best out of staff and students.


The St Aubyn Centre Therapeutic Education Department has a fully delegated budget and has a Management Committee. Members of the committee make regular visits to the centre and provide challenge and support for the work of the department.

Management Committee Membership

Sarah DignasseChair, Local Authority Representative
Steph YatesHead of Education
Jessica Bradley-WitherickCommunity member, Safeguarding/LAC
Jim EnglishStaff representative
Linda ExleyCommunity member, Finance & Curriculum
Angela JenningsCommunity member, Finance
Dr Rana MoharamCommunity member
Jim WaterhouseVice Chair, Health & Safety

If you need to speak to Chair of the Management Committee, please contact the School Business Manager on 01206 334685

Members of the management committee are actively engaged in the unit’s work. They provide a very well balanced combination of encouraging support and challenge to leaders to make the unit even better.



Charging and Remissions Policy – not applicable

Exclusions Policy – not applicable

Please contact the Admin Office on 01206 334685 if you require paper copies of policies.

Education Staff

Steph YatesHead of Education, Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sharon RileySchool Business Manager & Exams Officer
Julie BartonKey Teacher
Jon BelshawKey Teacher, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Deputy
Sarah ButlerLead Teacher – Science
Laura CollinsKey Teacher
Jim EnglishLead Teacher – English
Nikki GadsbyCareers and Engagement Mentor
Dan GarthwaiteLearning Support Assistant
Andrea GravesLearning Support, Gym Instructor
Morven GrayLearning Support Assistant
Jo KedianKey Teacher, Gym Instructor
Anne McElroyKey Teacher
Martha MoyoUniversity Placement –
Psychology Teaching Assistant
Ellie Rosamond University Placement –
Psychology Teaching Assistant
Zoe TomsKey Teacher


Safeguarding and Child Protection is extremely important to us. All members of staff are trained to level 2 Safeguarding and Child Protection and the Head and SENCO who are the designated safeguarding officers are trained to level 3. Those involved in recruitment have had Safer Recruitment training.  All members of the team have also undergone Child Exploitation Online Protection training.

If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact the centre and ask for the designated safeguarding officer.

Leaders, staff and the management committee work extremely closely with hospital staff, parents and outside agencies in promoting a strong culture of safeguarding.


Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is generally received retrospectively and is used to provide additional support for young people in most need. We are able to provide one to one support with a specialist member of the team who works with the young person to identify the most helpful next steps. The one to one support includes literacy and numeracy support, dance teaching, music sessions and a range of other targeted activities.

In 2018-19 £4,186 pupil premium was received and was used to purchase equipment for the sensory room and to provide 1:1 Learning Support. Individual work helped the young person to settle in the classroom and reengage with learning.


There are currently no vacancies, however if you interested in volunteering, please contact Steph Yates (steph.yates@nhs.net)