Who we are
The Director John Turberville works with the Conducting Management Group (CMG) to oversee the integration of the day-to-day services. The CMG comprises the managers of all the childrens services departments:
HEAD TEACHER: Andy Lole, M Ed
Andy has been Head teacher since 1994. He trained and worked as a primary school teacher in Nottingham, before moving to the Cotswold Community in Wiltshire where he worked for eight years. He trained as an Ofsted inspector in 2002, and became an accredited School Improvement Partner (SIP) in 2008. He has worked as a special school SIP in three local authority special schools since then. In 2011 Andy was designated a National Leader in Education and the school has been recognised as a National Support School.
HEAD OF GROUP LIVING:
Carol Day, MA in Therapeutic Child Care, Dip. CYW, NVQ4 Health & Social Care and Leadership & Management for Care
Carol is Head of Group Living, the residential care side of the school. After completing her training and initial work experience in Canada she began working at the school as a therapeutic care worker in 1995. She is one of the designated child protection members of staff and is part of the Oxfordshire training pool for safeguarding. She is a member of the NASS (National Association of Special Schools) Heads of Care group and is part of the Community of Community peer review team.
REFERRALS AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER:
Angus Burnett, PG Dip. Dramatherapy, MA in Therapeutic Child Care
Angus has worked for over twenty years with emotionally damaged children and adolescents in a wide variety of settings. He began at the Cotswold Community in 1989 which gave him the opportunity to work alongside pioneers such as Barbara Dockar-Drysdale, Eric Miller and Isobel Menzies-Lyth. He is skilled in understanding and working with the inner worlds of children, families, staff and the dynamics of organisations. He has consulted and delivered training to, amongst others, Inner London Schools. As well as working with families and professionals who have children placed at The Mulberry Bush, Angus works with various organisations and local authorities to help develop innovative practise within the sector.
HEAD OF THERAPIES AND NETWORKS TEAM
Caryn Onions, BSc (Hons.), CQSW, M.A.C.P
Caryn has worked at the school since 2004. At the beginning of her career, before training as a child psychotherapist, she worked residentially with adults with mental health problems and also worked as a child and family social worker. She moved into the NHS and was employed for eight years in a team which specialises in treating children and families who have emotional and mental health difficulties. She has a particular clinical interest in early parent-infant relationships, has written about this work, and is particularly interested in how unresolved parental difficulties can affect children. She teaches at the British Association of Psychotherapists, runs training for social workers and supervises and consults to others working with children.
HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION: Nigel Main
After spending 20 years in sales and management within the outsourced IT sector Nigel moved into the charitable sector as Managing Director of a charity providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities or other impairments to obtaining work. As a long standing resident of Standlake, he was aware of the work of the Mulberry Bush and was keen to become involved with it when the opportunity arose.