Head of Therapy

Rachael Thompson BSc, PGCE with QTS, PGCert Sensory Integration, MSc Occupational Therapy is Head of Therapy at Cairn Education. Rachael has worked at independent specialist colleges for over 10 years in roles including Tutor, Occupational Therapist, Head of Education and Vice Principal. As part of the responsibilities of these roles Rachael has been OFSTED nominee and specialized in supporting colleges to make quick and meaningful progress from a starting point of ‘requires improvement’. Rachael’s current specialist interest is in sensory processing difficulties.

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Head of Education

Lucie Kelly BSc (Hons.), PGCE with QTS is Head of Education at Cairn Education. Lucie has worked as a mainstream secondary education teacher for 6 years and a further 4 years working as a SEN secondary teacher for pupils with Autism. The last two Osfted inspections that Lucie has been part of have received “Outstanding” judgements.



Learning Coach

Natasha Colahan BSc. Natasha has supported individuals with Autism in education for over 5 years. Natasha worked as a Behaviour Support Assistant in her last job, during which she took a key role in developing and implementing the provisions positive behavioural support approach. Natasha worked with staff and students to identify the student’s individual strengths, needs and abilities. Natasha was responsible for designing and implementing specific support strategies in order for learners to progress and achieve within education.

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Learning Support Assistant

Chris has worked with individuals with a range of complex needs including autism for a number of years. During this time Chris has developed and implemented  interventions to support young people to engage in their community and work opportunities. Chris uses innovative and practical approaches to overcoming barriers to enable young people to participate in meaningful activities.

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Multi-Disciplinary Team

Cairn Education is proud to work in consultation with Health Horizons, a Multi-Disciplinary Team that includes a Clinical Psychologist, Consultant Paediatrician and Speech and Language Therapist. 

For more information about Health Horizons please visit their website: www.healthhorizons.org.uk