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Support Staff

Some of the Roman Fields staff work across both Roman Fields and Forest House Education Centre.

Clare Beaumont


Clare has been part of the Roman Fields admin team since September 2018. She always ensures a calm and cheerful welcome to our visitors.


Clare previously worked in a retail outlet as a supervisor and has previous experience working in a school kitchen.


She is a designated trained first aider, and supports the managing medicines lead in administering medication.


Clare looks forward to welcoming you and your family.


Michael Broderick

Site Manager

Michael joined Roman Fields in August 2020 as Site Manager. He was educated in Ireland, and has worked in the construction industry for the past 36 years. He is a qualified carpenter and joiner.


During Michael’s career, he has gained experience and training in many aspects of the industry including plumbing, electrical, and project management. Michael is trained in Health & Safety and in Fire Safety.


Jo Buxton


Jo previously ran a primary school office for over 30 years and following retirement, came to work at Roman Fields part-time when it first opened.


Jo was instrumental in setting-up the initial office functions from scratch; foundations which have been built on over the years.


Jo now works in the financial area as the Bursar of Roman Fields supporting the Chief Finance Officer.


Pauline Chalmers

SEN Administrator

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Elizabeth Cooper

Integrations Manager

Liz is joining Roman Fields as Integrations Manager after working in a mainstream school setting for the past 10 years.


Liz has a background in accountancy, working as a management accountant for many years. After a career break to raise her 3 sons, she decided to retrain as a teaching assistant, a role she enjoyed thoroughly. Liz has always had a passion for helping to create the right classroom environment and learning for those with SEN within mainstream schools.


Liz's other interests include playing and watching many sporting activities, mostly with her sons. She is especially passionate about cricket, running the junior section of a local cricket club for a number of years.


Tony Gott

Office Manager

Tony holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering and prior to working at Roman Fields, worked as a bank manager for 10 years.


Tony has worked in the office at Roman Fields for over 5 years, leading on all aspects of pupil administration. He manages all transport requests and is qualified in First Aid and Managing Medicines. 


Chris Howroyd


Chris is an SEND Advisor and Joined Roman Fields in September 2022.  She holds a degree in Education, City and Guilds in Community Care, Council for advancement of communication with Deaf people, Tavistock and Portman emotional factors in learning and teaching, is a qualified mediator and was a SEN BTEC Assessor in training and development for Hertfordshire. She has 30 years experience working in various roles within schools and HCC including Out County Education Manager, Area SEN team Manager and Deputy Head of SEN for Hertfordshire.


Chris will lead on the SEN Annual Reviews and work in partnership with parents staff and pupils to aid individual outcomes and ensure with HCC that the Education Health and Care plan reflects the pupils current abilities.


Heidi Lee

Finance Administrator

Heidi joined Roman Fields in 2017, having previously worked in a similar role in a mainstream primary. 


Since being with Roman Fields, Heidi has developed her knowledge and skills within finance and is one of the designated first aiders.


Jan Lee-Kelly

Careers and Transition Support

Jan works in the Careers and Transition team. Jan had a 20-year career in Sales and Marketing in London after qualifying as an Inland Revenue Officer in the Civil Service, and then worked as an Education Officer for a global charity.


After having a career break to look after her children, Jan worked for the Youth Service and eventually found her way to Roman Fields.


Having worked as an Account Director for a couple of international businesses, Jan is familiar with the qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated member of the Careers team and her commitment to building relationships with the pupils and their families in the school community is something that she holds close to her heart. Jan is also an empathetic and committed mentor.


Alison Patel

Exams Secretary

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Aline Savalle


Aline Savalle is our school counsellor. She is originally from France. She has decades of experience working in special education and is passionate about wellbeing and mental health.


After years of managing alternative provisions, Aline decided to retrain as a counsellor to support pupils in a more therapeutic way.


Aline works as a person centred counsellor, but is very flexible in her way of working in order to meet any pupil's needs.


Debra Waterfield

Careers and Transition Lead

Debra had a career in London in banking and then PR when she left university,  followed by working part-time in a school when her children were young.  She is both a qualified Careers Leader and a School Business Manager and was instrumental in Roman Fields becoming the first special school in the county to achieve the Quality In Careers Standard.


Having worked for large corporate household names and boutique businesses, Debra knows what practical and soft skills employers are looking for and leads the careers and transitions area to prepare pupils for their next steps, be it further or higher education, or employment. She advocates between pupils, employers and colleges and is a link in the chain to life beyond Roman Fields.


Nora Woodley


Nora Woodley has been at Roman Fields since 2009, and is originally from the Philippines.


She works as part of the cleaning team. She is friendly and welcoming and always greets people with a smile.


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