Our Team

Our staffing page is currently being updated to reflect our September 22 staff team.

Rosewood Independent School is led by experienced educators with a passion for providing opportunity in education to all children.

We ensure that staffing is of a high standard and that staff wellbeing is considered a priority within our setting. Strategic staff recruitment, rigorous training mapped to our trauma-informed approach, and promotion of a mentally healthy workplace is key to being in the best possible position to deliver high quality education to children with additional needs.

Our Leadership Team

Jennifer Abraham, QTS, MA, M.Ed

Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Total Tuition. She is a qualified teacher with a specialism in primary education, and has 14 years of experience teaching in independent schools, state schools, and homeschool/tutoring roles. She has a MA in Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods, and has M.Ed in Educational Leadership. 

Jennifer also worked as a voluntary Founder and Director of a small charity in Kenya providing education to vulnerable children in juvenile prisons, street children, and low-income schools for 10 years.

Jennifer is a First Aid for Mental Health instructor and a REACT UK Advanced Instructor. Jennifer delivers courses relating to positive handling, trauma informed teaching, and challenging behaviour.

Janice Woods, QTS, M.Ed, NPQH
Executive Headteacher and SENCO

Janice is a qualified teacher, SENCO, and is Thrive trained with over 20 years experience working in primary education, including in Senior Leadership and Deputy Headship roles.

She has an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and holds NPQH. She delivers training to aspiring senior leaders under the North East Teaching Schools Partnership Programme at Newcastle University, delivers our Safeguarding Training, and is a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Janice worked within the Virtual School in Northumberland Council as Inclusion Manager, providing advice, guidance, and support to schools and parents for those facing permanent exclusion or risk of exclusion.

Melanie Lewis, QTS
Assistant to SENCO and Teaching Staff


We also have an Executive Board consisting of experienced Headteachers and SENCOs.

Our teaching and support team

Our comprehensive recruitment, induction, and staff development programme ensures we employ passionate staff who promote and adhere to our trauma-informed approach.

Staff emotional wellbeing is a priority, we work hard to ensure they are as protected as possible against secondary trauma and we promote a mentally healthy workplace and are working towards the Better Health at Work Award.

Jackie Knox
Alternative Pathways Lead


Tony Nicholls, QTS
Teaching Staff

Larissa Johnson, QTS
Teaching Staff


Lauren Taylor, QTS
Wellbeing Mentor

Katie Stokoe
Lead Teaching Assistant

Tom Harper, QTS
Teaching Staff


Laura Pankhurst, QTS
Teaching Staff

Rosie Wood
Forest School and Outdoor Learning Lead

Amy Mattison, QTS
Teaching Staff

Sabrina Dodds, QTS
Teaching Staff


Tom Allsop, QTS
Teaching Staff

Carol Todd,
Teaching Assistant

Toni McGuire
Personal Assistant to Executive Headteacher


Hazel Jack, QTS
Teaching Staff


Jules Waters
Teaching Assistant


Sophie Mason
Teaching Assistant


Lewis Gattens, QTS
Teaching Staff



We employ passionate staff who promote and are able to adhere to our trauma-informed approach.