Support Staff and Tutors
Mrs Kelly Perry BA (Hons)
When I was younger I had two of the most passionate, caring teachers, who became my role models. They both inspired me to pursue a career in education and be that person a student can go to if they need help or a listening ear. I have worked in different educational settings for the last 21 years, having specialisms in both visual impairment and special educational needs. I have gained level 1 and 2 Braille and a BTEC level 3 in working with visually impaired learners, which left me wanting to learn more and really follow my passion for special educational needs. I then went to university at the age of 29 and fulfilled one of my dreams by gaining a BA Honors degree in special needs and inclusion studies.
I love being part of a strong staff team at Longridge school, helping students and their families enjoy their time here, whilst creating lasting memories to hold on to in the same why I have.
Mrs Kerry Robertson BA (Hons)
I entered the field of education later in life, gaining a level 3 teaching assistant qualification before commencing a Foundation degree in Education. My lecturer was a huge inspiration and gave me the confidence to go on and gain a BA Hons degree in Special Needs which proves you are never too old to learn.
I feel privileged to be working at Longridge School alongside a dedicated and enthusiastic team who place the wellbeing of the young people at the heart of all they do.
Miss Tia Smart
Growing up as the eldest of five children, I have always assumed the position of role model for my siblings. Whilst studying Level 3 Health & Social care at college, I completed some volunteer work at a special school, however I did not pursue this as a career at that time. Having spent 7 years working with vulnerable adults, I realised I wanted to change things up.
These are the next generation of children, and working alongside an amazing team, I hope to broaden my knowledge and skills within special educational needs, whilst providing a safe and enjoyable environment for them.
I love the outdoors and visiting new places, as well as kicking back with a good book and a hot drink. I'm so excited to continue my work at Longridge School and work towards a better version of myself to support all our children.
Miss Lucy Hynes
I studied music and graphic design at school and went on to complete photography at college and these creative activities have remained firm favourites of mine, especially any opportunities to get involved with music and art. I also love all animals especially dogs.
I'm looking forward to working at Longridge School and getting to know all the staff and students and helping to support anyone who needs it.
Mr Steve Garfield
I recently retired after 30 years working in the Police force both as a uniformed officer and in specialist roles. I have a wealth of experience working with a diverse range of people and communities.
Now having the chance to retrain, I thought back to my earlier experiences working in a SEND school and decided that this is a new career that I wanted to explore; to challenge myself to learn new skills, and provide positive support to the students at Longridge school.
In my spare time I enjoy reading fiction and none fiction, as well as walking and cycling in the great outdoors.
Miss Amie Spear
I always knew that I wanted to work in a role supporting children and young people. When I left school I completed by level 2 and 3 Teaching Assistant qualifications whilst working as an apprentice, I then went on to work in a primary scjool supporting children of all ages.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy going for really long walks in different places and I also love anything Arty!
Ms Alison Limer
Prior to joining Longridge, I have been a Bikeability instructor, helping children develop their co-ordination, confidence and personal safety skills when learning to cycle. I feel it is now time to utilise some of my experience and skills to help children in a different setting. I am looking forward to the challenges of a brand new and exciting career at Longridge school.