Head of Care

  • Mr Jon Hastie

    Head of Care

    With 32 years experience of working with children, young people and their families I have worked for Social Services and Education Departments as well as private organisations throughout the UK. I have always had a very keen interest in ‘behaviour’ and have spent time working closely with family therapists.

    I began at the school as Deputy Head of Care in 1999. By 2003 I had been appointed to Head of the Behaviour and Education Support Team (BEST) in order to establish an active support service within the school. As a result of the work carried out by BEST, West Kirby Residential School was awarded Specialist School Status in the area of SEN (Behaviour) in 2007.

    I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the school and am committed to improving outcomes for the pupils and developing the skills of the workforce within the school.

    Completing a National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance, gaining my Residential Managers Award and an NVQ 4 “Working with Children and Young People” expanded my knowledge and skill base.

    I was appointed to the post of SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for the school in September 2008, with specific responsibility for ensuring that the school provides the appropriate resources in order that each pupil can achieve to their full potential, both socially and emotionally as well as academically.

    In August 2005 I was registered as Severely Sight Impaired (Blind) and as a consequence of this, was matched with Guide Dog Yaron in August 2006. Yaron accompanied me to work every day and was extremely popular with staff and pupils. Unfortunately Yaron had to retire due to ill health in June 2011 and was re-homed in Devon in August 2011. A replacement Guide Dog, Alvi, was found in December 2011. Alvi has now become a popular member of the school community.

    In September 2011 my roles changed to manage the additional services that the school offers. As Head of Integrated Services I oversaw the additional resources such as Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Behaviour and Education Support (BEST), Education Psychology and Reading Support.

    In September 2013 I became Head of Care following the retirement of Yvonne Blackledge.