Meet the Team

We aim to put family at the heart of Pears Family School but it is the PFS staff that work hard to create an environment in which students and their families can thrive. Our team is made up of talented practitioners, passionate about education and supporting children to succeed. Each and every one brings their own unique set of skills and experiences, contributing to a diverse ecosystem that can adapt to each student's needs.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Matthew Hillman


  • Maya Bell-Kohli

    Phase 1 Teacher & Assistant Head SENCO (Primary)

  • James Bennett

    Assistant Headteacher

  • Laura Lower

    Head of Care, Mental Health and Safeguarding Lead

  • Theresa Taylor

    Phase 3 Teacher & Assistant Head SENCO (Year 6 & Secondary)

PFS Founders

  • Neil Dawson

    Consultant Psychotherapists & Co-founder of PFS

  • Brenda McHugh

    Consultant Psychotherapists & Co-founder of PFS

  • Stephen Taylor

    Founding Headteacher

Brenda McHugh and Neil Dawson are the co-founders of the school. They are contracted to provide Clinical Lead and Multifamily Therapeutic Support.

The Wider Team

  • Anthony Abraham

    Teaching Assistant

  • Neena Arab

    Teaching Assistant

  • Rebecca Breedon

    Head of Curriculum

  • Sam Buitekant

    Teaching Assistant

  • Rebecca Ellis

    Teaching Assistant

  • Alec Fisher

    Teaching Assistant

  • Brody Green

    Teaching Assistant

  • Linda Hooper

    Business Manager

  • Iain Isacsson

    Teaching Assistant

  • Aaron Lewis-Welch

    Teaching Assistant

  • Kenton McCusker

    Premises and Catering Manager

  • Marie McCusker


  • Mohan Panchal

    Minibus Driver

  • Ima Rahman

    Teaching Assistant

  • John Robertson

    Admin Assistant

  • Cheree Sully

    Phase 1 and 2 Teacher

  • Andrew Thompson

    Phase 4 Teacher

  • Huseyin Yilmaz

    Teaching Assistant

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