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01303 815665 / Registered Charity No. 307889 / Registered in England & Wales No. 419256

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The Caldecott School, Station Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6PW


Therapeutic Approach

A range of therapies is a central and integrated aspect of our offer and is provided on an individual, group and whole-class basis. Therapy is an essential driver of pupils’ progress and is organised in accordance with pupils’ Progress Plans and Education, Health & Care Plans. Our multi-disciplinary team is made of fully qualified and experienced professionals who work collaboratively and seamlessly with teaching team to maximise impact on improving pupils’ social, emotional and learning.

Whilst we employ or commission all our therapy services directly, we work with the multitude of agencies in as joined-up, efficient and effective a way as possible. This includes local authority SEND & EHC teams, NHS colleagues and social care services.

Claire Farnham is our Occupational Therapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Occupational Therapy helps pupils with various needs, including their physical, sensory, cognitive and motor skills. This, in turn, can help enhance pupils’ confidence and self-esteem and support them to learn and complete everyday tasks. Claire works with a young person’s parents and teaching staff as well as the individual pupil themselves. She assesses their needs to develop their skills, or suggests changes to the environment so that they can fully participate in the classroom.

Jan Mount is our Speech and Language Therapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) in school focuses on supporting teaching staff and families to meet our pupils’ needs with speech, language and communication difficulties. Jan assesses, diagnoses and delivers interventions on a one-to-one basis or within the classroom.

Sarah Gorry is our Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health Care Profession Council (HCPC). Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as a non-verbal therapeutic modality to express, communicate and address psychological difficulties. Sarah works with students both individually and in group and has had several years of experience in therapeutic specialist schools.

Dr Floriana Reinikis is our Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is registered with the Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). Floriana is the Therapy Lead at the Caldecott Foundation and School and overviews the planning, development, and implementation of the therapeutic services, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and the Therapists.

Chris Bennett is our Child Psychotherapist and has been working therapeutically for 30 years with children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

He has extensive experience of facilitating therapeutic programmes both within residential and foster care. Catherine Watters is the Child Psychotherapist in the East Midlands, serving our residential homes and our School Pupils.