Meet the Staff

Keith Cox, Head Teacher

Keith has 24 years’ experience of working with children who have autism. 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

My name is Joanne Thomas, and I am the deputy headteacher at Grange school.

My main role is to assist Keith with the day to day running of the school, and with all the work on school improvement, to ensure we offer all our pupils the best education possible.

I am involved with the admissions to the school, including showing families around school, responding to referrals, and working on transition into the school, so that the child or young person joining us, and their family, complete the move to Grange school as smoothly and happily as possible.

I also do lots of work looking at assessment of our pupils’ progress. We use the assessment data we collect to try to ensure that our pupils make as much progress as possible.

At Grange school, we use an approach to positive behaviour support called PROACT-Scipr-UK®. I am a trainer for this approach, which means that alongside the other trainers in school, I can train staff in the approach, to achieve a consistent approach to supporting our pupils.

Other parts of my job are to support and train staff, work with other professionals, and provide support to other schools and individuals throughout the city through our outreach work.

The best part of my job is the opportunity to spend time with our wonderful children and young people, as well as their supportive families. Together we will work on achieving the very best for every one of our pupils.