Paddy Gannon – Head of Service
I’m Paddy, and I’m the Head across the Falkland House Schools. I have worked at Falkland for a number of years and couldn’t imagine working with a greater group of young people and staff. It’s my job to ensure the quality delivery of care, teaching and learning standards across the service, and to manage and develop the high performance of the school and care settings so that our children and young people achieve outstanding outcomes.
Certainly the most enjoyable part of my job is working alongside and learning from all the wonderful staff, young people and families that make up our community. Above all, watching the young people grow and flourish as they make their journey through school with us.
Aly Fearful – Registered Care Manager
I’m Aly, the Registered Care Manager for Falkland House School Perth. I graduated in 2019 with a Psychology and Sociology Joint Honours Degree and started in Falkland in 2020 as the school cook – running work experience incentives for the boys, before transitioning to the care team a year later. I started my current position as Falkland House School Perth when we opened fully in January 2023.
I ensure that all the young people that we support get the individualised care that they both deserve and need. By doing this, each individual can to move towards a positive destination after school. My role means that I link between all the different teams; care, education and clinical to ensure that we have one harmonious approach to care as a whole.
I enjoy my job as I can use by passion for helping others in every instance. My role challenges me to problem solve, connecting the support network around each young person in the way that is right for them.
Adrian Clifford – Registered Manager (Am Bruach)
I’m Adrian, the Registered Manager for Am Bruach, Perth. I have been working in the care sector since 2013, predominantly working with children and young adults with autism in residential settings. I started working for Falkland house school in December 2021 and then moved to the Am Bruach service for it’s opening in the summer of 2022.
My role is to manage the service and make sure that all the young adults that we support receive the therapeutic individualised care that they need.
I ensure that the young adults supported and live in an understanding, homely and nurturing environment where they can really embrace being themselves!
The best part of my job is getting to watch our young adults flourish, develop and getting to support them in living the kind of life that they have chosen.
Jon Cluett – Head of Education
I’m Jon and I’m the Head of Education across both Falkland House Schools. I have previously worked in academia, in business and in the third sector and have been involved in education for over 20 years. I’m passionate about education in its broadest sense and about enabling people to develop and reach their full potential. My favourite thing about my job is when I see people succeeding and developing!
I lead a team of education specialists who are committed to getting it right for all our students. This means we are constantly working to enable our students to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors as well as enabling them to succeed in a broad range of specific subjects.
Any questions about teaching and learning or about the specifics of subjects and curriculum send them my way!
Iain Owens – Relations & Admissions Manager
I’m Iain and in my role as Relations & Admissions Manager, I help both Local Authorities and parents/carers who want to place children and young people in our schools and home. This involves guiding parents and carers through the sometimes complex and lengthy process of submitting a placing request, or assessing the needs of a young person to see if we can meet their needs.
I’ve previously worked in fostering for over 9 years, and in education and care for the last few years so really understand the need for good education and care for young people. I thoroughly enjoy helping parents, carers and Local Authorities access the provision their young people need, knowing it will make a huge difference to their lives.
Michael James – Wellbeing & Clinical Service Lead/Senior Clinician
I’m Michael, and I’m the Wellbeing & Clinical Lead for our Scottish Hub of services. I’m a Psychotherapist with over 25 years experience and I’m registered with the BACP as a full practicing member, having also gained a master’s degree in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have worked within residential care and schools for over 20 years, gaining a practical and theoretical understanding of children with ASC and SEMH, and use this knowledge to work within our ‘Ask, Accept and Develop’ (AAD) approach. This approach recognises that despite underlying shared traits, autistic individuals are vastly different to one another, and it ensures that children of all abilities have been considered and included.
I’ve delivered several programmes of Reflective Practice and Trauma Informed Practice to those supporting children and young people with additional needs – I also oversee our team of Clinicians.
Hannah Bird – Speech & Language Therapist
My Name is Hannah, and I am a Speech and Language Therapist for Falkland House School Fife and Perth. I am originally from West Sussex and qualified from the University of Chichester with a bachelor’s degree in Education, Special Needs and Disability. I then qualified in a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy from Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh.
Speech and Language Therapy provides support and care for those with communication and social skills, speech disorders and language difficulties and I am truly passionate about working with children and young people. My role gives them a voice, helps them feel valued and support equality and inclusivity by assisting them with expressing or understanding spoken and written language.
I believe that speech therapy impacts all elements of independent daily living and promotes interpersonal social skills. I am enthusiastic and thrilled to be working at Falkland House School.
Vicky Freeman – Occupational Therapist
I’m Vicky and I have been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2006. I have a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and I’m registered with HCPC. I also have a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration and am a Certified Practitioner in this.
My background is predominantly in paediatrics and I have a special interest in Autism and neurodivergence. I have worked in the NHS for many years and in private practice providing specialist support to young people with autism and both physical and mental health needs.
Occupational Therapy promotes meaningful occupations, independent living skills and supports young people to do the things that are important to them. Occupational Therapy impacts positively on mental and physical health and supports young people to participate fully in day-to-day life.
I work with young people to set goals around the things that matter to them and look at the routines, environment and skills needed to support their success in them.
I work full time for Falkland House School and spread my days between the Perth and Fife sites. I am committed to promoting a positive attitude towards autism and neurodivergence and supporting young people to meet their potential.
Kevin McGillivray – Throughcare Coordinator
Hello, my name is Kevin but please call me Kev! I have come from a background which has covered many things including making glass paperweights to listing and selling houses. My experiences have involved positions in management, coaching & training, business development and general leadership. In my family life I am a father of two girls (both now adults) and a grandfather.
My role focuses on transitions from school into the community and is involved across pathway planning and reviews. My work involves learning about our young people, their interests and ambitions, then supporting and motivating them to achieve their potential while helping to reduce their anxieties at what can be a stressful time. I support our young people with college and university applications, including interviews, open days and developing relationships with college support teams. This helps develop confidence and prepare young people for interviews, quality employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities. We’ve had some great success over the last year with many students receiving unconditional college offers and others moving into paid employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities in shops, cafes, theatres and concert halls.
My passion, not only in my profession but in my life, is to help people in any way I can. I love being able to guide and assist the young people we work with in any way I can to them achieve their dreams and goals.