We Are The Bridge Flexi School

Meet The Team

HARNESSING A COMBINED 70 YEARS WORTH OF EXPERIENCE 

Louise Cheetham

BCBA-sup, BCBA, MBPsS, Ma, Ma, PG Cert, BSc hons

Principal, Consultant Behaviour Analyst, Education Consultant and Child & Family advocate

Louise is the founder of and Consultant Supervisor for The Bridge Flexi School. She has 19 years of experience in providing effective, validated and successful interventions and education services to children, teenagers and adults. A large part of her career has been spent training therapists and schools in effective interventions and developing robust programmes for government organisations. 

 

Beginning with receiving a BSc (Honours) degree in Psychology, Louise went on to Post Graduate studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis, a Masters in Child Studies (Education and Policy) and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) of 'excellent standing' with Supervisor status. Louise also has Post Graduate Certification in Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) specialising in Dyslexia. Louise is constantly updating her training and knowledge, most recently specifically specialising in Dyslexia and Co-morbid conditions such as ADD and ADHD. 

 

She has worked internationally, notably for several years in Australia where she designed and delivered intensive and informal workshops to professionals working in the field of autism. She was also part of the team who developed and rolled out the country's first intensive behavioural early intervention  programme. In addition to this, Louise has continually taken part in clinical research, leading and piloting her own research over recent years. Her clinical research has been in gender differences in those with ADHD and ADD and the impact of early detection and effective interventions. Her other research has been in gender differences in those with Autism, developing a very early detection and intervention tool for parents and early years teachers. This has enabled Louise to work with extremely young babies and children with suspected ASD, those at risk of developing it and babies and toddlers with neonatal stroke and traumatic brain injury. 

 

Louise is now based in Wales, UK although she travels across the country to deliver interventions to families and professionals being recognised as an expert in the field of Autism spectrum conditions, Brain Injury and Specific learning difficulties.

Belen Reales

BCBA, MA, MA, PG Cert, BA hons

 

Lead Behaviour Analyst

Belen is the Assistant Head Teacher to Louise at The Bridge Flexi School and Lead Consultant at both the school and our sister company, NETwork Interventions. She and Louise have worked together for many years now, bridging the gap in education for children and teens. Belen is a huge part of the vision behind The Bridge  School, believing that all children deserve the chance to receive validated, effective, peer reviewed interventions. She has a real heart for teaching children the foundation and pre requisite skills they need across all areas of learning, from behaviour right through to language, social and other learning skills. She is passionate about teaching children to 'learn to learn' and has a lead role on the development of assessments and monitoring tools to ensure continual development of all of our students as well as our staff. 

 

Belen graduated with her first degree in Early Years Teaching, before going on to complete a further degree in Education due to a passion for working with children. Throughout her degree and in subsequent years she gained experience working as a key worker and teacher with both typically developing children and those with additional needs in nurseries, both in England and in Spain. Her excellent teaching methods and compassion stood out to Louise when she was Consulting in a nursery in which Belen worked. They went on to work together, Louise training Belen in the Verbal Behaviour application of ABA. Belen went on to complete a Masters degree in Psychological Interventions for children and teens and then her Post Grad Certification in ABA and supervision for her BCBA exams. 

 

Belen is our Senior Consultant and supervisor is in charge of creating programmes for our families. She leads the training and supervision of therapists, teachers and  parents and is particularly skilled in this area. Belen's ability to think outside of the box is second to  none. She has a strong desire to overcome all challenges for children. Working with the most severe and complex of behaviours does not phase our Brilliant Belen! 

Hannah Jones

BA (Hons)

Teacher

Hannah has extensive tutoring experience with children from age 5 upwards. She believes that tutoring should be a hands-on experience and led with the pupil’s best interests at heart. Hannah has experience of being part
of an inter-disciplinary team and working with outside agencies that her students are a part of. She graduated with a degree in English Literature with Drama and Theatre Studies before deciding to pursue a
teaching career. As part of that, Hannah has been a
Governess during her early career. Creating strong
connections with children was something that Hannah
valued the most and as such chose to be able to continue this everyday and anywhere in the world.

Now working as a tutor, Hannah has experience with lots of students. She has taught them how to read, how to write and even get students excited about poetry. However, it is fair to say that Hannah is a bit of a Shakespeare fan. Having that ‘lightbulb’ moment as Hannah describes is something that engages her teaching practice and pushes her to be and give the best that she can.

When not tutoring, Hannah is a Ballroom and Latin dancer. Having been Vice Captain of her team during her Undergraduate years, she is not afraid of teaching a new routine or having to change something because the last time she tried it ‘it didn’t work’. There is more than one way to get ready for a challenge! Hannah also loves to read and particularly enjoys murder, crime and historical fiction. There is always a never ending ‘to be read’ pile on her bookshelf.

 

Ally Sophia

BA (Hons), PGCE, PhD, QTS

Tutor and Mentor

Ally is qualified teacher specialising in Relationship, Sex and Health Education and in Religious Education. She has a wealth of experience as a mentor and has developed an excellent curriculum, in conjunction with our team, to teach Critical Thinking skills as well as Relationship safety. Ally’s passion for working with young people comes from a genuine desire to get to know them as individuals, helping them acquire a lifelong love of learning that prepares them for adulthood. This is why Ally is so fabulously suited to the role of mentor for our students and leads our ‘learning to learn’ programme which is particularly suited to our pre GCSE students and GCSE students.

 

Ally believes that relationships lie at the heart of this and all human interaction and helps learners of all ages develop their relationship skills; understanding that all behaviour is communication Ally supports our learners in identifying their barriers to learning, helping them become effective independent learners. 

Championing the acquisition of life-long skills, such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, respect, tolerance and communication, to cultivate well-rounded learner is a particular passion and Ally offers the space for students to explore their ideas, helping learners learn how to think and not just absorb knowledge. 

 

As a Humanities specialist Ally believes that respect, tolerance and understanding of others, whether they be a different gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion are key to developing mature and well-rounded citizens. Through her undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies, Ally brings a wealth of knowledge to Religious Studies; achieving First Class honours when reading Theology and Religious Studies for her undergraduate degree provided great depth to her knowledge. She was named ‘Theology Student of the Year’ in her first year, which provides evidence of her talent in the subject, whilst receiving the Acland Divinity Prize for outstanding work for her dissertation shows dedication and commitment to the subject.  As an avid learner, Ally is always looking to build on her knowledge and, as such, has written an article that will be published later this year in an academic journal and is in the process of completing a PhD focusing on Ecotheology. Carrying this enduring learning ethos into her sessions, Ally models a passion for learning and excellence, an inquisitive mind and the ability to overcome any obstacle with hard work and desire. 

 

Ally is an artist and has her work in private collections around the globe. Whilst this has taken a back seat in recent times, she always has a craft project on the go; often knitting or crochet. Music is extremely important; from listening at home to attending in-person performances, alongside performing in an acapella group, Ally can always be heard singing!

Aditi Mehta

MA, BSc, BA, Rbt 


Lead Teacher

Aditi is our lead therapist and teacher at our lovely school as well as our team Supervisor at our sister company, NETwork Interventions. She has been working with children with autism and other learning disabilities for over five years now, this being the next step for her from mainstream Education. Aditi has specialised in working in a one on one basis providing individualised interventions and also in small group interventions across schools, clinics and home settings across India and UK. Aditi has a particular passion for teaching children to transition across and between environments, such as schools and activities. She has has the privilege of developing our outdoor excursions to help make the environment safe and conducive for children to feel safe, learn and have fun!!

 

Aditi has two bachelor degrees in Psychology and Education, with a further Masters in Psychology and an additional certification as a Registered Behaviour Technician. 

 

Her background in Psychology, combined with her diverse and broad experience in Education as well as her huge heart for and gentle approach to our children and families makes her the perfect fit to lead our teachers. 

Briony Barton-Chapple

Counsellor, Play Therapist and Teaching Assistant

Briony has been a qualified counsellor for over 5 years. Prior to this she has over 15 years experience of working with babies and children. She has a diploma in Person-Centred counselling and Trauma focused and child play therapy. Other continual professional development includes Place2be training which enabled her to develop and practice counselling skills to work with children and young people. Briony is highly motivated and enthusiastic  with excellent communication and organisation skills, and the ability to listen and understand the needs in any situation. She focuses on building and maintaining relationships, so trust and rapport can be developed with clients of all backgrounds and cultures. These are key attributes of her personality and the way she operates at work and at home. She is fabulous addition to the team here at The Bridge School, working as a Teaching assistant to the children who need a little extra TLC and those who require a higher staff to child ratio. Briony provides play therapy to our children and has a wealth of behaviour training under her belt for those who need it. She also provides her counselling services to families through our sister company, NETwork Interventions. 

Andy Lobb

Co-Founder, Safeguarding Lead and Head of Operations

Andy co-founded The Bridge Flexi School in 2019 following the remarkable progress of his two children being taught at home combining the tools of verbal behaviour and the most effective SpLD interventions. 

 

Andy comes to our team from a parent-first perspective which gives our lovely school a huge advantage. He and Louise founded the school because they saw only four square peg options for children's education: mainstream school with large classes and generic interventions; SpLD units; generic SEN schools and home education. Andy and Louise are huge proponents of home education and Louise works in many schools which she enjoys, but they see that many children are forced in to home education and many (if not all) schools are simply not best placed to optimally educate many of the children. Their children did not fit neatly in to the mainstream sector and lost their place at a specialist dyslexia school as it did not deal with behavior or emotion challenges. 

 

The Bridge Flexi School is a unique answer to these needs. Andy saw the success that his children had from a bespoke education at home. More and more people wanted to join this journey and there was no more room in his house! 

 

Andy and Louise knew that 80 per cent of children with dyslexia and communication conditions had other Challenges, they knew they had solutions. This saw the creation of The Bridge Flexi School in October 2019.

 

Throughout Andy’s five years in the field he has developed a particular passion for children who have a profile of PDA. He has been studying formally in this area as well as collaborating in intervention research with his team. 2021 saw Andy and Lu set up support groups, training and a specific team for children who have a particular barrier with anxiety and school refusal.

Charlene Lopez

BSc hons, PGCE, PG Cert, QTS

Tutor

Charlene has been teaching children and adults for over 15 years and has and she prides herself on taking on the 'tough' cases where other therapists have given up.  She is persistent and hard working and thrives on building trust and respect with her clients. She  graduated from Stellenbosch University with a Bsc degree in Social Work and from the University of South Africa with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Intermediate and Senior Phase.

Elaine Tio

MSc, BSc (Hons)

Programme Supervisor, Tutor and Therapist 

Elaine’s passion lies in supporting children living with diagnosed barriers to reach their maximum potential through behaviour analytic interventions and approaches. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto specialising in Health and Disease before moving on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science.

 

Upon graduating, she became an integral part of a team that delivered early intensive behavioural interventions for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other comorbidities in Canada.

 

Working with multiple learners of varying abilities in different settings like schools, centres, homes, and within the community, she delivered functional programming from daily living skills to academic advances and behaviour reduction interventions from de-escalation strategies to minimising aggression.

 

Her adaptability, care, and energy were evident in her interactions with each client and family she worked with. Elaine has carefully cultivated her technical, personal, and professional skills for several years, allowing her to champion socially significant change daily with long lasting results. She became a Registered Behaviour Technician in 2018 and Team Lead Therapist in 2019, continuing to improve herself as she works closely with children and families to produce successful and desirable outcomes.

 

Having recently moved to England upon completing her Master of Science Degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Wales, Elaine is excited to share her expertise in the UK as she learns and grows with families and teams here at NETwork Interventions.