At Westward House we believe there is no hierarchy of status, only of roles.

We are very proud of the talented and caring people who make up our team of staff  and their commitment to our school values.  



Academic Lead– Michelle Dunne


Michelle is a highly experienced teacher and school leader having worked on school leadership teams in primary and secondary settings and both independent and state sectors. A specialist assessor and Member of the British Psychological Society with a Level 7 qualification, she is passionate about supporting children and young people to succeed. Michelle has a broad CV of experience across all abilities and age ranges, most recently having worked as an ALNCo and on the management team of an independent school for pupils aged 3-16.  Michelle is well known for her empathetic, intuitive, positive can-do approach and for her commitment to raising self-esteem and developing positive mental health in young people.  

Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Consultant - Helen Grimes

MA (SEN), SpLD,AMBDA, BSc Psychology, PGCE 

Hugely experienced, Helen has worked with dyslexic pupils from 7 years to degree level and will be implementing, advising and monitoring programmes for children with dyslexia at Westward House School. Helen is super organised, unflappable and is also the Academic Lead for our sister school, Eastward House. 


Teacher - Marian Logie

Marian is a teacher with a wealth of experience teaching in mainstream schools and also many years of experience as a specialist home tutor for children with SEN of various ages. Marian is a primary trained teacher with a Level 4 qualification in Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties as well as a Future Learning Certificate in Understanding Autism. Marian’s experience has always been focused on child-centred approaches. She has a very kind and caring personality and has a wonderful skill at making everyone around her feel calm!


Teacher - Ben Macare 

Ben has qualifications in Sports Science from the University of Glamorgan and for many years was an Education Officer delivering outdoor residential courses for the National Trust. He also created and oversaw personal development courses for young people and has previously worked as a residential care worker providing pastoral care and teaching life skills to vulnerable young people in full time care.  Ben has many qualifications in coaching various outdoor pursuits..on land, water and mountains! 

He has a great love of the outdoors and all things active, together with a very calm, encouraging and unassuming personality that supports young people to gain self confidence. 

Teaching Assistant -Cissy Harrison


Cissy has worked as a teaching assistant supporting those with learning needs for a number of years both on a 1:1 basis and in small groups. She is committed to continuing professional development and has taken courses in Autism, Dyslexia, Global Development Delay and various other practitioner's courses to enable her to assist in delivering SEN provision. Cissy is calm, kind and always encouraging. Her gentle manner and mindful approach is always very much appreciated by the children and staff she supports.  

Teaching Assistant -Grace Embra

Grace has been with us as a pupil at our sister school, Castle School, since the age of eleven. After successfully completing her A'levels with top grades, Grace is working with us while she undertakes a teaching degree with the Open University and a specialist qualification in Dyslexia. Grace is intuitive and a natural teacher with a passion for supporting children with SpLD

Additional Teaching Staff

At Westward House we offer a range of GCSE options including English Language/ Literature, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, History, Geography, RE, Spanish, Latin, Computer Science, Art and PE. These subjects are overseen, and teaching is supported by many specialist subject teachers who are part of another independent school. Welsh, (and other preferred GCSE options), may be available on request, as well as peripatetic teachers of musical instruments. 


We also have supportive relationships with outside specialist practitioners that we can call upon for outsourced advice and consultancy to support our pupils who may need additional help in areas of Occupational Therapy and SEND.

The owner of Westward House School is Mrs Harriet Harrison who should be contacted in the first instance with all enquiries from prospective parents, LEAs, external agencies and professionals.  

Harriet Harrison

Addlepitts, LLawhaden, Pembs, SA67 8DX 

Company number: 06810647