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“An organisation can never be a true parent, however it can apply the values and principles of good parenting. Our aim is to achieve this through promoting an awareness of a young person’s perspective, and by never losing sight, within the ‘big picture’, of the small actions that make a real difference to young children’s daily lives.”

Tayyaba Ahmed

BSc (Hons) Psychology, NPQSL, PGDE, QTLS, DSL. 

Director of Education 

Tayyaba has worked in specialist independent schools for most of her career and developed curriculums that are creative and meet the needs of individual children. She has been involved in numerous Ofsted inspections, all of which have been graded a minimum ‘good.’ Tayyaba, in her previous role was a Regional Headteacher, overseeing a number of specialist schools in the Northwest.

 Tayyaba has a wealth of experience working with students with varying SEMH needs. She feels strongly about supporting young people and wants to provide them with positive education experiences.

Tayyaba is committed to ensuring our provision meets the needs of all pupils and they are given the best educational experiences and environment, where they can thrive and make progress both academically, socially and emotionally.

Our Staff

Ava Dyson

PGCE, lifelong service level 7. QTLS. BA(Hons) Contemporary Arts 

Lead Teacher

Ava comes from a background of helping disadvantaged and reluctant learners in a further education setting. Qualified with a Degree in Contemporary Arts and QTLS. Ava is also qualified to teach Maths and English at GCSE level.

Originally working with further education students, Ava is able to create and maintain positive relationships that engage and inspire her learners. Ava is a talented artist and her creativity feeds into all of her lessons.

Prior to working in education, Ava taught Fine Art to SEN learners as well as working as a make-up artist visiting Macmillan hospital patients. Her calm and positive nature are an asset to Riverbank and our children. Outside of the classroom, Ava is a keen cook and has a passion for dance.

Chanade Parr

Chanade studied an undergraduate degree in Youth and Community at The University of Huddersfield. Following this, she completed a PGCE in Primary Teaching.


During this time, she has had experience with working with young people at a variety of different settings, with a range of diverse backgrounds.


When not at school, Chanade enjoys cooking, dancing and spending as much time as possible with her children. Also, her favourite subject is Science.

Youth & Community Degree PGCE with QTS

Shauna Charnley

BA (hons) degree Psychology with Counselling PGCE with QTS


Shauna is a newly qualified teacher who has worked in a range of primary and secondary schools in teaching, pastoral and behavioural roles.

She is passionate about promoting the wider curriculum and allowing children to shine in areas they may not have the opportunity to within mainstream school and believes every child has the ability to succeed.

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Alisha is a newly qualified teacher and has a worked in various SEMH settings including special schools and residential care settings.

She is passionate about all children being able to access education, learn and progress in spite of barriers they may face.

She is committed to creating a safe, positive, engaging learning environment which helps all children achieve full potential.

Shauna Charnley

Alisha Sarwar

Childhood Studies Degree, PGCE with QTS

Lawrence Buck-Matthews

Lawrence studied a degree in Primary Education at Bradford College and achieved a Bed Hons with QTS. 

Bed Hons with QTS in Primary Education

Haleemah Akhtar

BA Hons Degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies, QTS

Kassidy Helliwell

Teaching Assistant

Jordan Aldin

Teaching Assistant

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