Meet the Staff


All the teaching staff at the Royal School for the Blind will have the additional qualification in teaching children with visual impairments.Some teachers also have additional qualification in learning difficulties, hearing impairment and multi-sensory impairment. The teaching and care staff have regular in-service training and are encouraged to attend relevant courses to develop their expertise.


HEAD OF SCHOOL :      PAUL BOULTON

 

“I feel it is an honour to work for the Royal School for the Blind.”

Why did you apply to become head of the Royal School for the Blind – Liverpool?

I applied for the position of Head of School for the Royal School for the Blind because from the moment that I was given a pre-interview tour I knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to helping serve the children at our school. The staff at the Royal School for the Blind are a pleasure to lead and the children are wonderful. There are many local and national challenges facing a small non-maintained school and all of us are determined to ensure that the school continues to adapt for the benefit of those that it serves. For the staff here their work is more than a job it’s a vocation and I am sure many fellow professionals would work here given the opportunity. I feel it is an honour to work for the Royal School for the Blind.

What previous positions have you held?

 

I have been teaching for over 20 years working in a number of management and leadership positions across Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley. My previous position was that of Principal in a non-maintained residential special school in Formby (SEBD). I really enjoyed my time in my previous position and it was a privilege to work there. Whilst MDVI brings its own new challenges, I gained a wealth of experience working with SEBD pupils many of whom came from very disadvantaged backgrounds and just like the children here they deserve the very best.

LINDA HOGAN

JO ESPLEY

KAREN BIBBY

Head of Care

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE SCHOOL?
“I’ve been here 20 years and really don’t want to work anywhere else. I love the family atmosphere, and we wrap ourselves around the family not just the child, I think it’s one of our strengths.”

FAVOURITE FILM?
Die Hard series

FAVOURITE FOOD
Cheese

Assistant Head Teacher – Junior School

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE SCHOOL?
“Love working with the kids and love working with the staff. We’re a real team and we all muck in together.”

FAVOURITE MEMBER OF STAFF?
“Don’t have one they are all absolutely wonderful.”

FAVOURITE FILM?
Dirty Dancing or Coyote Ugly

FAVOURITE FOOD
Steak and chips

Head of Finance & Administration

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE SCHOOL?
“There is a real family feeling across the school because we are all here for the same purpose – meeting each child’s individual need – and the staff contribute towards this in different ways. My role is to ensure appropriate use of resources and a safe environment for the children”

FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO ON HOLIDAY?
“I like to go to different places and try to see the world. So far New Zealand and Italy have been my favourites.”

LIVERPOOL OR EVERTON?
“It’s got to be red!.” (Blue)

FAVOURITE FILM?
Bridesmaids

FAVOURITE FOOD
Pizza


NICOLA MCGORRIN

CLAIRE WEAFFER

SUE & NOREEN

Mobility & Orientation Officer

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING?
“I really love my job in general, but most of all I love to get out and about with the students. It’s the only job I have ever done and can’t imagine doing anything else.”

BEST THING ABOUT TEACHING MOBILITY?
“Teaching the students independence and seeing them do as much as they can for themselves and meeting their full potential.”

LIVERPOOL OR EVERTON?
I’m a red

FAVOURITE MUSICAL
Got to be Billy Elliott

FAVOURITE FOOD
Any slimming world meal!

Speech & Language Therapy Assistant

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING?
“It’s such a fun place to work and the atmosphere with the kids just makes you laugh so much (I love being a kid myself!)”

BEST BIT ABOUT TEACHING MOBILITY?
“I work one to one a lot with the kids so it’s a really special relationship or a bond – every single one of our kids has a different way of communicating and off. The first thing I always do is find what makes my kids happy and laugh, and that has to be the best part.”

LIVERPOOL OR EVERTON?
I’m a blue

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Ibiza

FAVOURITE FOOD
Pizza because I’m so lazy!

Qualified Nurses

Sue Ridley: Nursing Manager (left)

Noreen Main: Nursing Assistant (right)

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT THE ROYAL SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND?
“The people and the children, who wouldn’t love to work here. Everyone is just so much fun.”

LIVERPOOL OR EVERTON
We’re both red’s.


NICK YOUNG

ALISON QUIRK

SUSIE BRADLEY

Assistant Head Teacher – Senior Department

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE SCHOOL?
“The children and young people have got so much to teach us. Education is a two way Street !”

LIVERPOOL OR EVERTON?
“Football doesn’t float my boat, equality, diversity and inclusion does. I’m an adopted Scouser with a Mancunian Heart . . 2 into 1 will go !”

FAVOURITE FILM?
“I love “It’s a Wonderful Life” as it has a message that every life is special. Also love the musical version of “Scrooge” with Albert Finney !”

FAVOURITE FOOD
Absolutely Love Nigel Slaters Recipes

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE SCHOOL?
“I cherish the moments with the children when I know I help them achieve a new goal/skill.”

FAVOURITE FILM?
Dirty Dancing

LIVERPOOL OR EVERTON?
I’m a Red

FAVOURITE FOOD?
Salt & Pepper Crispy Chicken

Head of School’s Secretary & Receptionist

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE SCHOOL?
“I think we have the most amazing kids here, they are a joy to be around and make me smile every single day!! Also, one of the parents summed the school up for me in a single sentence: “When you walk into the school, it’s like you get a huge warm hug!!!” For a parent to say that proves we’re doing a good job!!”

FAVOURITE FILM?
The Lost Boys

BLUE OR RED?
I’m a Blue

FAVOURITE FODD?
Chinese from my local