Visiting Staff

Angela Bower: Speech and Language Therapist

Angela Bower

The role of a speech and language therapist (SaLT) is to assess and treat speech, language and communication difficulties in people of all ages, to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. Studies show that between 50-100% of young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties have underlying speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Pupils with SLCN can find it difficult to understand vocabulary used in the classroom, understand complex instructions, understand time, sequence their ideas and express themselves fully or appropriately. The SaLT at Melrose works closely with school staff to ensure that pupils with SLCN are able to learn in a language-inclusive environment, access the curriculum and develop their communication skills. For pupils with statements for SLCN, this can involve 1:1 and small group work. This work is further supported by a Learning Support Assistant with specialist speech and language training.

Sophie: Safer schools Officer

Sophie MaySophie Lawrence joined Melrose as the Safer Schools Police Officer in May 2015.  Her role includes working alongside the students, equipping them with the tool/s to make the right decisions and to be on hand to offer advice and information about a whole variety of subjects.  Educating our pupils rather than an opportunity to criminalise them.

PC Lawrence has addressed social issues such as the students’ rights when it comes to stop & search and being dealt with by the Police, enabling them to feel comfortable when interacting with the Police. The students have valued having a Safer Officer on site and often make comments like ‘You’re not like normal Police Officers!’ Our aim is to see our students reach their full potential and being on hand to assist them with any issues.

Natasha: Music Therapist


Natasha is a qualified music teacher and therapist, who is employed by Nordoff Robbins.  She enjoys making music whether it is through using instruments or technology and participates in street dancing in her spare time.

Her aim for Melrose, is to give the students the opportunity to explore their talents and develop their passions in music.


May: Clinical Specialist

May is a Merton CAMHS Clinical Specialist with a background of Art Psychotherapy who works across Melbury College and is at Melrose once a week. May can do screenings for ADHD and Autism and refer for assessments, mental health assessments and refer up to CAMHS for more moderate to severe mental health difficulties. May also undertakes 1:1 therapeutic work with the children supporting issues such as anger, bereavement, emotional social difficulties, anxiety and depression. May can provide support to parents, hold consultations for parents who have concerns with their children and sign post to services in the borough. May works closely with staff to support children with their emotional and behavioural development.