Visiting Staff

Angela Bower: Speech and Language Therapist

Angela Bower

The role of a speech and language therapist (SaLT) is to assess and treat speech, language and communication difficulties in people of all ages, to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. Studies show that between 50-100% of young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties have underlying speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Pupils with SLCN can find it difficult to understand vocabulary used in the classroom, understand complex instructions, understand time, sequence their ideas and express themselves fully or appropriately. The SaLT at Melrose works closely with school staff to ensure that pupils with SLCN are able to learn in a language-inclusive environment, access the curriculum and develop their communication skills. For pupils with statements for SLCN, this can involve 1:1 and small group work. This work is further supported by a Learning Support Assistant with specialist speech and language training.


Ann Marie Christian: Safeguarding Consultant

Ann Marie Christian

Ann Marie is a passionate advocate of multi-agency and early intervention/help collaboration on safeguarding children & young people, she provides expert advice to schools and child care organisations.  Ann Marie Christian has been in the Children & Families field for over 20 years and has spent over ten years delivering child protection training.  She enables organisations to support the families that do not meet the child protection threshold.



Sophie May: Safe schools Officer

Sophie MaySophie May joined Melrose as the Safer Schools Police Officer in May 2015.  Her role includes working alongside the students, equipping them with the tool/s to make the right decisions and to be on hand to offer advice and information about a whole variety of subjects.  Educating our pupils rather than an opportunity to criminalise them.

PC May has addressed social issues such as the students’ rights when it comes to stop & search and being dealt with by the Police, enabling them to feel comfortable when interacting with the Police. The students have valued having a Safer Officer on site and often make comments like ‘You’re not like normal Police Officers!’ Our aim is to see our students reach their full potential and being on hand to assist them with any issues.


Charlotte Longley: Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist

Charlotte LongleyCharlottes’ role is to help find more effective ways of supporting the learning and development of pupils. Research, projects and group work are some of the ways she might have involvement with the school as well as working with pupils, individually or through their teachers.

Educational Psychologists are applied psychologists who have a background in teaching and education. They work mainly in schools with parents and they collect information from a variety of sources in order to be clear about the problem or difficulty. They may discuss the child with the parents/carers, teachers and/or other professionals, observe the pupil and also work with them directly, sometimes using formal assessments.


Natasha: Music Therapist


Natasha is a qualified music teacher and therapist, who is employed by Nordoff Robbins.  She enjoys making music whether it is through using instruments or technology and participates in street dancing in her spare time.

Her aim for Melrose, is to give the students the opportunity to explore their talents and develop their passions in music.