Meet the Staff

 Keith Cox - Head Teacher

Keith has 24 years’ experience of working with autistic children. Working in a variety of roles including a spell as a national advisor for the National Autistic Society in Scotland, he also has a proven track record in leading successful autism specific schools. Keith brings a wealth of experience across the ages and settings to the role as well as a passion and commitment to positive outcomes for children and families.

With overall responsibility for the school Keith takes a lead in strategy, school improvement and achieving the schools aim of becoming a centre of excellence for working with children with autism.


  Joanne Thomas - Deputy Head Teacher

Joanne is one of the deputy headteachers at Grange school. She has worked at Grange school for 14 years, initially as an assistant headteacher, and now as a deputy headteacher. Before coming to Grange school, Joanne worked in a mainstream school with resourced provision, and a primary special school, with pupils with a range of learning difficulties as well as pupils with autism.

Joanne has also worked with mainstream schools, providing outreach support. She is a PROACT-Scipr-UK trainer, and deputises for Keith when he is not in school.


  Stuart Harris - Deputy Head Teacher

Stuart Harris is a Deputy Head Teacher at Grange School. He came to Grange after working in Bury, Stockport and London in a range of specialist settings as both a class teacher and a member of the senior leadership team.

He joined Grange to lead the Phoenix Project which involved engaging high functioning secondary age pupils and supporting their access to education.

Stuart is the safeguarding lead at Grange School and has responsibility for parental liaison, educational visits and extended provision across the school.

Stuart is a father of two lively boys and enjoys a range of sporting activities. He is enthusiastic about the progress and achievement of all pupils at Grange School.


 Andy Richardson - Assistant Head Teacher

Andy has worked at Grange since 2010 having trained and worked in mainstream primary schools since qualifying as a teacher in 2003.  While in mainstream Andy taught year 6 classes at a primary school in north Manchester, successfully guiding pupil’s through their SATs. He was the Phase Leader for key stage two and taught the year 6 class at a one form entry primary school in Lancashire and has led curriculum subjects in a variety of previous settings, including maths, science and humanities.

Andy has been the lead in key stage 2 for the last four years at Grange and has had wider responsibility for the implementation of the behaviour management systems across the school. He has developed the current school behaviour policy and was, until recently, a PROACT-SCIPr® instructor for the school and a qualified first aid practitioner. Andy is currently working with the senior leadership team to develop the curriculum across the whole school

Prior to becoming a teacher Andy worked in the entertainment sector of the media industry and brings a range of skills and experiences to his role.


 Jane Jones - Assistant Head Teacher / SENCo

Jane has 20 years experience working with autistic children and their families across a range of settings; mainstream, resourced provision, special schools and residential.

She has many years of experience working as a SENCo and is now developing this role within Grange to reduce barriers for learning for our pupils. As such, Jane works to coordinate a multi-agency approach for our pupils and families. 

Jane brings a wealth of knowledge around autism, complex needs, childhood trauma and bespoke family support. As such Jane works closely with our pupils who require a more bespoke provision to meet their individual needs. 

Jane also works closely with our outreach team to develop and deliver training sessions both to our staff and colleagues across the local area with a view to promoting the needs of our young people within the wider community. In addition, Jane works with the Manchester resourced provision schools to develop networks across the city to share and develop good practice. 


 Kelly Hamilton - Assistant Head Teacher

During her 10 year teaching career, Kelly has experienced working in a mainstream primary setting and SEND EYFS/KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5. Prior to starting at Grange Kelly was a teacher at Ewing School, working with students with speech and language impairments and autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). Kelly has a passion for working with students with autism and is particularly keen on developing their independence skills and appropriate vocational skills to prepare them for life after Grange.

Kelly now works as one of the Assistant Head Teachers at Grange and oversees the running of the 14-19 Provision. She is also on the schools safeguarding team and works alongside Joanne on whole school assessment, moderation and tracking.

Kelly also acts as the schools exams officer and is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the AQA Unit Award Scheme, Entry Level, ASDAN and BTEC accreditation across the pathways.


 Rachel Samuels - Support for Learning Lead

Rachel has worked as a speech and language therapist with children, young people and adults with autism and other learning disabilities for 27 years. She has worked in a range of services: adult learning disability services in Oldham, Manchester and Bury, specialist schools and adult residential settings. Additionally Rachel has been involved in national projects around health of people with learning disabilities and is currently actively involved in research projects, with two published research papers.

Rachel is head of the Support for Learning team at Grange, leading the development of a range of supports offered to children and their families at Grange.


 Jayne Langley - School Business Manager

Jayne has 30 years public sector experience having been an auditor for the Audit Commission for 17 years, and then an Internal Auditor for the City Council, where she audited all the major corporate systems and schools. Jayne also worked for Manchester City Council Education Finance team, working on school budgets and helping schools in financial difficulty.

In her role as School Business Manager she supports the operation and development of the school and as a member of the Senior Management Team Jayne has responsiblity for managing the admin support team whose work includes all aspects of budgeting, financial management, human resources, facilities management, administration, catering and technical support.