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Amy Rhodes - SENCo


It has always been really important to me that children enjoy their learning and whether I am teaching a nursery class or children in Key Stage 2, I specialise in using creative approaches to make this happen. Since 2013 when I became SENCo I have experienced success in supporting children with a number of challenges and I am passionate about working in partnership with families to improve the learning experiences of our most vulnerable children.


I trained as a music specialist, primary school teacher in Exeter and completed my PGCE (teaching qualification) and then Masters of Education (M.Ed) in 2010. I decided to move from my home county of Hampshire to be with my partner and now I consider the lovely town of Scarborough to be my home. After spending six years teaching in a rural school community I am excited about bringing new ideas to Gladstone Road School whilst also learning from my new colleagues.


In my own time I enjoy reading, drawing, crochet and playing computer games or pottering around my allotment where I grow my own vegetables (when my staffie isn’t eating all of my plants). I also enjoy cooking but my baking isn’t yet ready for public consumption!






Amy James – SENCo

I qualified as a teacher in 2004 after completing my PGCE at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus. I did not go straight into teaching, and instead worked at Sure Start in the Play and Learning Team for two years, then as Deputy Manager of Yorkshire Coast College Nursery. This gave me invaluable experience in pre-school Child Development and working with families from different backgrounds.

I gained my first teaching post in 2008, initially working in Nursery and Reception. I then took on the role as Numbers Count Teacher & Key Stage 1 Teacher in 2011. It was during this time that I knew I wanted to specialise in supporting children with additional needs. I became the SENCo in 2013 and completed the National Award for SENCos that year. I started at Gladstone Road Primary School in November 2014 and really enjoy the variety in my SENCo role.

In my spare time, I enjoy the great outdoors with my family, friends and my dog.





Ela Buch – SENCo Support Assistant

I studied Education in the scope of Protective Pedagogy (Safeguarding, Pupil Welfare, Special Educational Needs and Teaching) and completed my 5 year Masters Degree in this field. After qualifying, I supported children with a variety of additional needs, including those with dyslexia, challenging behaviour, anxiety, gifted & talented pupils and those with communication difficulties in Poland.

I started at Gladstone Road Primary School in October 2010 supporting children with English as an Additional Language. During this time, I developed assessment procedures, teaching programmes, support for parents and an after school club for Polish children. I have also worked as a classroom teaching assistant, taught phonics to a group of children, supported children with social and emotional needs and currently help to run Breakfast Club. I am now part of the Inclusion Team supporting Special Educational Needs.

In my spare time, I enjoy painting and ink drawing.

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