Meet our Staff

Laura White

Director

Laura White started the academy in 2014, primarily to help her older brother because he has Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Growing up in a family where her brother had a learning disability, gave her a unique insight into the struggles families can face. Life after College seemed to end for her brother and so she set out to create a permanent ‘College for Life’ that is open to all adults with learning disabilities. Before starting the academy, Laura achieved a BA Honours in Law at the University of Sussex and went onto the University of Massachusetts in the USA,  where she was awarded a distinction for her internship at the Supreme Court in Boston. After working in London she went onto study at Cardiff University where she qualified with distinction in her Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She then became a lecturer at Cardiff and Vale College where she also qualified in British Sign Language L1. Her passion in teaching led her to start Send Academy which has now expanded into four areas in Wales, reaching more adults with learning disabilities year on year. Her older brother still attends the academy every week.

Class Supervisors are experienced staff members with backgrounds in the Care/Teaching and Learning sector. Class Supervisors are able to deliver to any and all classes run by SEND Academy and may be used for Classroom Cover as and when the need arises. All resources and materials are provided by an experienced tutor at all times.

Chloe England

Classroom Supervisor

Chloe has completed her Level 2 Teaching and Learning qualification over the last two years. She is now looking towards her level 3 qualification. Chloe has worked in a variety of schools but has really enjoyed teaching adults with learning disabilities.

Jennifer Quinn

Classroom Supervisor

Jenny has over 10 years experience working with adults with learning disabilities, working as community support in Day Centres for a number of years. She also has a brother with learning disabilities. Qualified to level 3 in Health and Social Care and currently working towards her Level 2 in Teaching.

Jacqueline Wood

Classroom Supervisor

Jacqui has worked in the care sector for over 20 years and has an NVQ L2 in Care. She has also completed a wide array of qualifications including: Manual Handling, First Aid etc. She loves working at SEND because it feels like a ‘big family’ with amazing staff and learners.

Rika Thatparika Thanapalan

Teaching Assistant 

Rika has a post graduate degree in HR Management and a Teaching and Learning Level 3 qualification. She has worked as a teaching assistant for many schools in Cardiff. Rika has really enjoyed her time at SEND supporting adults with disabilities. She volunteers her time with us to gain experience.

Nicole Gregory

Placement Teaching Assistant

Nicole is currently studying towards her Health and Social Care Level 5 qualification. She has a vast experience working in the training provider sector for 18-24 year olds and was also a Young Persons Counsellor. Nicole really enjoys SEND and she has built a great rapport with all staff and students.

Samantha Rolls

Teaching Assistant

Samantha is looking to progress into the area of teaching and learning. She has undertaken a Level 1 Teaching Assistant Course, Early Years, Epilepsy Awareness, Autism Awareness and a number of other specialist courses. She is looking to further develop in this field and complete her Level 2 next year.

Georgia Murray

Student Volunteer

Georgia is one of our student volunteers from Cardiff and Vale College. She is currently studying towards her Health and Social Care qualification at level 3. She enjoys spending time with friends & family as well as reading.

Abi Cogbill

Student Volunteer

Abi is one of our student volunteers from Cardiff and Vale College. She is currently studying towards her Health and Social Care qualification at level 3. She enjoys spending time with friends & family as well as playing football

Toni Lee Thomas

Student Volunteer

Toni is one of our student volunteers from CAVC. She is currently studying towards her Health and Social Care qualification at level 3. She enjoys spending time with friends & family as well as reading and watching documentaries.

Kaye Rees

One to One PA (Dewis)

Kaye specialises in 1 to 1, supporting a number of learners across our centres. Kaye is a qualified Level 3 Teaching Assistant in both English and Welsh. Kaye has supported children and adults with learning disabilities for over 12 years. Kaye has qualified on a number of specialist LD Courses.

Karen Williams

One to One PA (Dewis)

Karen specialises in 1 to 1, supporting one of our clients at SEND. Prior to this, Karen was a nurse for 38 years and became Department Manager. She acquired a variety of qualifications and now supports adults with learning disabilities. Karen also has a son with autism who is 24.

Jo Meredith

One to One PA (Dewis)

Jo specialises in one to one support, working alongside our service user to achieve her full potential at SEND Academy. A few years ago, she completed her Health and Social Care Level 3. Jo has worked with our lovely client for over four years. In her spare time she renovates houses.

Neil Edwards

One to One PA (Dewis)

Neil specialises in one to one support, working alongside our service user to achieve his full potential at SEND. Neil previously worked in the care sector and has over 25 years experience. He is a much loved member of our service and built a great rapport with staff and students.

All staff and volunteers are verified, have enhanced CRB checks, received SEND Academy training and are familiar with our
safeguarding policies and procedures.

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