Attic@Assessment Centre

Our Provision

We offer a 360° assessment of students who have been identified as having significant barriers to their learning.

We endeavour to work alongside families, outside agencies & the local authority to suggest the best possible route for our young people based on conclusions at the end of the 3-week programme. Our aim is to re-engage, re-assess, re-direct and re-integrate.

We undertake a wide range of assessments as well as engaging our young people in current topics / multi-sensory activities.


Our Staff

Assistant Headteacher, Centre Lead and SENCo for The Attic PRU

Kris graduated from the university of London and began her teaching career in 1981, as a music teacher at Chantry High School in Ipswich. On her return to education following the arrival of her 4 children, Kris transferred to her passion for SEN, developing and running a special needs unit within the mainstream high school in Stradbroke. Kris and her team were proud winners of the Business Education Partnership awards in 2003 having co-written a multi-sensory learning programme with Hammonds of Halesworth.

Until 2001 Kris was accompanist for the Suffolk County Music Service and for The Ipswich Suzuki group.

Kris then moved into her true passion of Alternative Provision, working at 4rce and then The Attic.

Kris has been a keen fundraiser both in an out of school. In 1991 Kris and her friends fundraised for a defibrillator on the Paediatric Resuscitation Unit at Ipswich hospital.

Her free time is spent enjoying time with her family and going to Cornwall whenever she can.

Coral Edwards
Lead LSA

Coral has worked in a variety of educational settings and care roles.

Coral is our Lead Teaching Assistant and takes care of the day to day running of the centre. She delivers and reports on assessments and leads activities.

Coral likes to spend time with her family, gardening, being outdoors and enjoys live music.

Adele Challen

Adele has worked in many educational establishments. Adele is our full time learning Support Assistant who undertakes assessments with students, plans cookery sessions and works closely with families in supporting transitions after assessment. Adele is also our Art specialist.

In her spare time Adele like to spent time with the family, read and doing Arts & Crafts. She also likes to spent time in her garden.

Fiona Ayers
Educational Psychologist

Fiona is our Educational Physiologist and has worked in both primary and secondary school settings. Fiona works at the centre 1.5 days per week but may observe / outreach a young person for whom the centre is not appropriate.

Fiona also works as an Educational Psychologist for Schools’ Choice. Fiona has worked with in Suffolk as an Educational Psychologist for ten years; prior to this she has worked as an Educational Psychologist for Essex LEA and Hammersmith and Fulham. Fiona has a degree in psychology, qualified teacher status and a MSc in Educational Psychology. She has a professional interest in children who are adopted, who are ‘Looked After’, the development of Emotional Literacy skills and reading difficulties.

Fiona has a passion for travel, gardening, walking and reading. She brings a wealth of cultural knowledge to our team.

Zoe Leech
Admin Assistant / Receptionist

Zoe is our Admin Assistant & Receptionist, and is our first point of contact for students, parents and visitors. She has previously worked at Lowestoft College as a HR Apprentice.

Zoe helps to support staff and students with her IT skills.

Zoe enjoys shopping, going to the cinema and gaming in her spare time.

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