Staff

Alison Hughes (B Ed, NPQH) is Head of Learning, with responsibilities for the deployment and support of teaching staff, the academic curriculum and the development of personalised timetables for individual pupils. Previously, a Deputy Head Teacher of a local authority special school, Alison  now uses her experience in developing, organising and implementing the Bright Futures School curriculum, assigning staff to work 1:1, and in assessing and tracking pupil progress.

Zoe Thompson (BA Hons – Social Policy and Administration) is Head of Development, with responsibilities for staff training, the personal development curriculum, liaison with parents and outside agencies. She has a background in health education. As a fully qualified RDI® (Relationship Development Intervention) Consultant, Zoe uses her knowledge and experience of RDI® for the benefit of pupils at the school.

Lucy Andrew (NVQ Level 2 & 3 Childcare, Learning and Development and BTec Diploma Art & Design) has, for many years, worked as a Learning Support Assistant in a mainstream school, working with children with autism on a 1:1 basis. Lucy has completed many courses which will help her in her role as Learning Mentor Assistant at Bright Futures, such as Level 1&2 Working with Autism, Lego Therapy, Phonics, Time to Talk and Word Finding Difficulties. Lucy will also use her creative and artistic flair when working with pupils at Bright Futures School.

Michael Bailey (BA Hons – Illustration/Product Design, NCFE Level 3 in Education and Training and Level 1 Football Coach) has over 20 years’ experience working within the creative industries. His work to date includes book illustration as well as graphic and set design. Most recently, Michael has worked as a full-time Carer and Youth Football Coach. He has also provided group support, delivering a variety of creative classes across a wide age range, including one to one tuition for young SEN students. Michael will utilise his creative flair and experience in his role as Learning Mentor at Bright Futures School.

Joanna Blyden (NVQ 3 in Playwork and British Sign Language Level 2) has had experience working with children in different settings including mainstream and SEN schools. Jo has worked in a respite home for children with disabilities including autism and has also worked with adults on the spectrum. Jo will be making use of her additional qualifications in psychology and performing arts in her role as a Learning Mentor for play within the Bright Futures Team.

Krista Brierley (has a wealth of experience and qualifications including Learning Mentoring and Counselling) and has an extensive background of working with young people across all age ranges and abilities. Most recently, Krista worked to deliver a bespoke speech and language programme called BLAST and she worked very closely with a Year 1 pupil with ASD. She will now utilise her vast knowledge and experience in her role as Learning Mentor at Bright Futures School.

Emma Collier (Qualified Sign Language specialist) arrived at Bright Futures as a volunteer but is now an important (part time) member of our team of Learning Mentors. Emma, who has worked in residential care with troubled teenagers, also has extensive experience of working with deaf and autistic young adults.

Karen Croft (T.A. Level 2) arrived at Bright Futures as a volunteer but is now an important member of our team of Learning Mentors. Karen makes a leading contribution to our PSE curriculum.

Rosamund Hayes (has a plethora of qualifications including Effective Listening Skills, PTLLS, Health Improvement) and has an extensive background of working with young people including youth volunteering, special constabulary and restorative justice panels for Children’s Social Care. Her vast career has evolved over the years and latterly as a mentor and tutor for Rochdale Connections Trust. Ros has specialised in dealing with mental and social issues of young people and will now be using her nurturing, supporting and coaching skills in delivering a range of activities in her role as a Learning Mentor at Bright Futures School.

Karen Hutchinson (NVQ Level3 in Childcare Learning and Development) has many years experience working in different educational settings as a Learning support for children with autism. Karen has a BTech qualification in caring for people enduring mental health problems and has also spent several years working as a Home Carer supporting people with disabilities to enable them to live independent lives.

Emma Jackson has almost completed her Level 3 Supporting, Teaching and Learning qualification, and she also has a wide range of qualifications including Forensic Science (Level 3 Extended Diploma). Emma has previous experience in both mainstream and special schools and will be building on this knowledge and understanding in her work as a learning mentor at Bright Futures School.

Alex Ludlam (BA Hons with QTS in Primary Education) qualified as a teacher in 2003 and has taught in primary schools in a neighbouring authority ever since. After working with many children with an autism diagnosis in a mainstream setting, Alex is now using her teaching skills and experience as a Learning Mentor within the Bright Futures team.

Christina Stocks (BA Hons Journalism) provides Administrative, PR and Marketing Support to the team at Bright Futures. With over 15 years’ Public Relations, Marketing, Events and Communications experience, Christina uses her knowledge and contacts to help promote and publicise the school.