Our school leader and founder of the Llewellyn school, Sara, is a parent herself of a child with complex medical needs and has intimate knowledge of the needs of children with complex medical needs and disabilities, and the extensive barriers that parents experience. Sara is a Deputy Safeguarding Lead for The Llewellyn School and is part of the Senior Leadership team.
Sara founded The Llewellyn School in response to the closure of The Royal School for the Deaf Children, where some of the most vulnerable children with complex medical needs and disabilities were left with no school that could meet their specialists needs. The Llewellyn School and Nursery opened and was registered by the Department for Education in January 2017. Sara built two annexes including a specialist outside play area in her own garden. The space provided two classrooms with specialist equipment and specialist trained staff including a Teacher for the Deaf (TOD) and full-time therapy assistant. The school opened with 3 pupils on roll rising to 7 pupils within a year.
Ofsted July 2018 – With incredible vision and intimate knowledge of the needs of children who have disabilities, the proprietor has made the most of a relatively confined space. Inside and outside areas have been carefully designed and equipped to a very high standard.
In response to the ever-increasing demand for pupil placements and having limited space our School Leader began to fundraise with the aim to build and open a larger new school. To help fundraise ‘Louie Helping Hands’ Charity was setup. Our School Leader successfully secured land within the Quex Park estate and with the help of Louie’s Helping Hand Charity the building of our new school in July 2018 began. The 1st phase of the new school opened in September 2019 with 7 pupils enrolled rising to full capacity of 14 pupils by July 2020.
Sara is extremely passionate about ensuring that the Llewellyn School continues to grow and expands to provide more places for more children with complex medical needs. Sara wishes to encourage inclusivity not just for pupils, but their families too – by providing support and extra respite care and services for all by cementing stronger relationships with the wider community and outside agencies such as social services, Demelza house etc.