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Joanna Garvey


Mrs Garvey joined Priestley Smith Specialist School as Headteacher in September 2021, having previously worked as a Deputy Headteacher in a large comprehensive, and prior to this in a variety of settings as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader in Education and a Lead Practitioner for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.   Prior to her teaching career Mrs Garvey worked as a nurse (R.G.N and R.S.C.N.) in the NHS for 15 years.

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Liz Clabon

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Clabon joined Priestley Smith in 2021 and undertook her role as Deputy Head and Head of Secondary in September 2023.  Mrs Clabon has worked in Special Needs Education for over  twenty years.  She has experience in working with children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental health difficulties as well as working is specialist autism settings. She has worked as a SENCO and Safeguarding Lead.  Before joining Priestley Smith Mrs Clabon was Deputy Head of a special school for children with autism and was then seconded to undertake a safeguarding role within Birmingham Local Authority, advising schools and working closely with Birmingham Children’s Trust.  

Mrs Clabon is thrilled to join the Senior Leadership Team at Priestley Smith.

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Richard Foord

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Foord joined Priestley Smith as Assistant Headteacher in January 2024. He leads the Primary department.

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Fiona Broadley

Senior Habilitation Specialist

Fiona Broadley is the Senior Habilitation Specialist and Coordinator of the Specialist Outreach Services based at the school. 

She has worked at Priestley Smith School for over 30 years teaching Habilitation (mobility, orientation and independence skills) to children and young people with vision impairments (CYPVI) across the whole of Birmingham.  In addition to working directly with CYPVI,  she is a specialist lecturer at Birmingham City University on the Habilitation Top Up degree and also at the University of Birmingham on the mandatory post graduate qualification for teaching children and young people with vision impairments ( Qualified Teacher of Vision Impaired Children QTVI).  Fiona was the Chair of Habilitation VIUK,  the professional body for Habilitation Specialists, for over 10 years and continues to be actively involved both with HabVIUK and other National bodies promoting the interests of CYPVI  including the formulation of a National Specialist VI Curriculum Framework. 

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