Red Gates Primary

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Senior Leadership Team


Head Teacher - Lorraine Slee

I am privileged to be leading the committed and nurturing teams that work across Red Gates School and look forward to continuing to work with them to provide the best learning opportunities for our pupils.

I have a Masters Degree in Education (SEN) and am a qualified teacher for the Deaf and for Multisensory Impairments, with post graduate training in teaching children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Since qualifying as a teacher, I have enjoyed working in a range of educational settings, including primary schools, secondary schools, special needs advisory services and special schools, with a focus on learners facing challenges.

I passionately believe that at the heart of our curriculum are our pupils and the purpose of our curriculum, both the academic and pastoral aspects, is to prepare them for life outside of our school, so that they can enjoy the best quality lives and most independence that they are able to, as they grow towards becoming young adults and once they leave school.


Deputy Head Teacher - Melissa Hendry

Since I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher and it was not long before I realised that I had a passion for teaching students with special needs in a multicultural society. I started my career as a teacher at Red Gates in 2004. As my career progressed I steadily took on more responsibility and in 2006 I successfully became an advanced skills teacher.  I subsequently became Croydon’s first AST of special needs.  This role led me to become an active member of the schools leadership and management team and a multi-schools inclusion leadership team.

These experiences motivated me to take my career forward and in 2009 I enrolled on a Masters of Specific Learning Difficulties in Melbourne, Australia.  This course has broadened my experiences and knowledge of special needs as well as giving me an invaluable insight into a different education system.

On my return from Australia I had the opportunity to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to reception aged pupils meaning I have taught children in every year of Primary school. In 2013 I became Assistant Head Teacher and have been in my current role as Deputy Head since 2015.

I am extremely passionate about our wonderful school and give my all to ensuring all our pupils reach their potential.

Outside of school I have 3 young children who I enjoy entertaining through many things I have learnt as a teacher at Red Gates, they especially like all the messy play!

I am incredibly proud to be the deputy and governor of such a great school.

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School Business Manager - Eileen Lawlor

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Behaviour Lead - Holly Durrant

Having joined Red Gates this year, I have been thrilled to discover how welcoming everybody at the school has been. As the Behaviour Lead, I am privileged to work across the entire school to support pupils and staff in all classes.

I started my work life in special education and have continued working with both children and adults with special needs and learning difficulties ever since. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience which complements my more recent professional development in Positive Behaviour Support.

When the functions of behaviour are understood and addressed, pupils can get their needs met using more functional skills rather than using stressful and traumatic behaviours of concern. My motivation for taking up this role, is to see an improvement to the quality of life and wellbeing of our pupils and those that care for them.

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Family Liaison Officer and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) - Karen Williams


Senior Assistant Head and LISS Pathway’ - Maria Davies

I first joined Red Gates School as a Key Stage 2 teacher in 2010. I enjoy my current role as Assistant Headteacher, and feel proud to work in a school that balances holistic progress with an ethos that values individuality, belonging and acceptance.

I work amongst supportive colleagues who are passionate about education and the possibilities of the future. It is a personal pleasure to witness the achievements of our pupils, and to watch them develop and mature as they progress through the school.

I graduated from University with a First Class Degree in Psychology, and a particular interest in child development. I went on to complete a PGCE and taught in a mainstream school before joining Red Gates. I also have a Masters Degree in Advanced Educational Practice. During my career, I have held various areas of responsibility, including Maths and Science subject leader, Extended Schools and ASD coordinator.

I am committed to ensuring that all pupils at our school are given every opportunity to thrive within a safe and stimulating environment, and are supported to develop skills that can be maintained through to secondary school and adulthood.

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Assistant Head - ASD Pathway
Vicky Woodgate


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Assistant Head - Sensory Pathway
Caryn Pinzon


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Assistant Head - EYFS
Liz Robson