Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) News

Meet Mr Piers Henners - Data Analyst+

Hello everyone, my name is Piers Henners and I am the new Data Analyst here at Abbot’s Lea School. My background is in Computer Science, I have obtained my BSc degree at Liverpool John Moores University. Additionally, as of January 2022, I will have my MSc in Data Science. This is my first job straight out of university and I am extremely excited to gain some experience and have a positive contribution to Abbot’s Lea School.

When people ask what my job is I simply reply ‘maths and computers’ as this is essentially what I do. I gather, clean, interpret and analyse data to ensure we have evidence-based answers to specific questions or evidence-based solutions for specific problems. I am also a GDPR officer for the school, which means that I am monitoring our compliance with GDPR and internal data protection policies and procedures. Finally, I have taken the role of Exams Officer for the school, so I am responsible for the administration, organisation and smooth running of the student examination days.

If you have any questions about data, GDPR, or related to exams, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Meet Mr Richard Manley - Family Adviser+

Hello everyone, my name is Richard Manley and I am the new Family Adviser here at Abbot’s Lea School. I have been working in schools for over 10 years in many different roles including Teaching Assistant, safeguarding and pastoral roles. Through these I have found a passion in supporting staff, students and their families in building positive relationships and developing a happy school life for all.

A big part of my role is to work alongside external agencies and families in supporting the vision and ethos here at Abbot’s Lea School.

I will be supporting our families in a number of ways including regular contact, signposting to support available, workshops and cultural sessions and most importantly seeking advice from the true experts of all of our students- the families.

I am hoping in the future to be able to invite you all to events across the academic year including coffee morning, the mentioned workshops, cultural sessions and other events so please keep an eye on out school social media and parentmail. If you have changed your email address, please contact the main reception to update us ( so you don’t miss out on these invites and other vital information.

I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Meet Mrs Liz Smith - Speech and Language Therapist+


I’m Liz, the new speech and language therapist in Abbot’s Lea School. I am so excited to be part of the fantastic team here that continually support, teach and provide a nurturing learning environment for the pupils within the school.

I have previously worked in specialist settings for children with Autism across both London and Liverpool, as well as within the NHS in both mainstream, special schools and as part of the Neuro-Developmental Pathway Team. I have also worked in the private sector for the last 3 years, where I have been fortunate to provide regular support and therapy sessions within homes and school for children with Autism and ADHD.  I have a wide range of post-graduate training in SCERTS, ELKLAN, Zones of Regulation, Selective Mutism, Lego Therapy, Attention Autism Makaton and PECS.

I am passionate about developing speech, language, communication and emotional regulation skills for the pupils of Abbot’s Lea School, so that they can communicate as independently as possible across both school, home and within the wider community so that they can truly meet their potential and live fulfilled lives. To achieve this, I am excited about working with class teams to embed communication throughout the curriculum across all age ranges. I look forward to working closely with families, developing supportive relationships, offering training opportunities and having on-going discussions to ensure we are constantly adapting therapeutic input to meet the needs of each pupil holistically.

If you would like to learn more about the role of Speech and Language Therapy, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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