Attic@Walpole specialises working with young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health problems (SEMH). It is a beautiful and peaceful site positioned in a rural location near to Halesworth. The aim is to ensure that each student receives an appropriate education in a stable learning environment; maintaining the curriculum standards for each young person according to their needs, interests, aptitudes and stages of development.

We offer a provision which is highly creative and innovative; using the land attached to the school to offer land based and enterprise qualifications (we have a garden therapist who assists with this program). We also specialise in the arts’ and offer qualifications in a range of disciplines. We tap into the rich source of local providers, employers, artists and venues in order to enrich our curriculum and ignite our students in developing a passion and curiosity for learning.



Our Staff

Sally Erb Assistant Headteacher. Teaches – Art, Photography, Creative Expression, Extended Project, Food and Enterprise.

Sally completed her PGCE in Art and Design at Goldsmiths’ University of London and gained teaching and leadership experience in inner London as well as contributing to ‘All our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education,’ a government research party led by Sir Ken Robinson.

Relocating to Suffolk she became Head of Faculty increasing the results at GCSE from 32% to 96% A*-C in two years. She was invited to be the lead in a Suffolk Intervention Project which supported other schools to raise their attainment. As a Director of Learning and Senior Assistant Headteacher she had oversight of the pastoral systems before becoming Vice Principal in charge of teaching and Learning. She also successfully applied for Artsmark Gold.

She has been working with The Attic since 2016 initially as the Educational Lead for the Dragonfly Site.

Music/Performing Arts Teacher – Henrietta Birtchnell

Curriculum and Assessment Lead- Natalie Dores

Administrative Assistant- TBC

Science Teacher- Alanna Beldrom

Maths Teacher- Janine Norris

Forest Schools Teacher/Gardening Therapist- Mary

LSA- Aimee Harris

LSA- Tane Backhouse


Cleaner/Caretaker- Janet Crossman

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