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Parent & Families

Meet the team who are here to help and work with you.

For those that haven’t already met me, my name is Claire Porter, my role in school is to work in partnership with parents to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children and young adults in all aspects of their lives.

I hope to develop positive working relationships with parents by providing help and support to the whole family.


Areas in which I can support are:

  • Signposting to different organisations / support groups
  • Completing referrals to multi-agencies including          The Lighthouse, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, Wheelchair Services, and many more.
  • Completing and leading on Early Help
  • Accessing potential charities for holidays, advice and equipment
  • Accessing carer benefit cards providing discounts etc.
  • Accessing out of school provisions
  • Supporting transition
  • Post provision advice and support
  • Food Banks

Support can be offered in the form of:

  • Home visits
  • Meetings (Informal / formal)
  • Telephone calls
  • Coffee Mornings / Parent Events


I will work closely with Emma Thornewill in school.



My name is Emma Thornewill I have worked at Ivy House School for six years as a teaching assistant.  I am currently working in Diamonds Class and I have taken on a new exciting role as Parental Engagement Officer. I have always felt very strongly about school and parents working closely together. I believe that by working together we can help every child reach their full potential and enjoy life to the full.  I’m excited to start my new role and looking forward to working closely with you all.


Coffee Mornings

We will be holding regular coffee mornings in school. All parents and carers are welcome. We will be having guest speakers from different agencies and fun stay and play sessions; ‘Try it, Make it, Learn it’

Try it, Make it, Learn it!

Stay and play works well within school, so by using 'Try it, Make it, Learn it' we are hoping to develop this even further. Come and TRY ITuse AAC devices, experience a sensory story, have a go on the Eye Gaze etc.  MAKE IT - put together a treasure basket, make a sensory cushion, decorate an umbrella etc. LEARN IT find out why your child does what they do at school, why they use what they use and together we can continue to take steps to help your child reach their full potential. 


We will advertise dates of the next Coffee Mornings and Workshops through the school newsletter, text service and website. So please keep checking back for further updates.