MENU
Realising the potential of Children in Care

Meet Our Team Dedicated to Supporting Kent CiC placed Out Of County...

Posted on by Judy Molyneux

Supporting transitions outside of Kent are vital so that our young people feel safe in the provisions and where they live. Ensuring their well being is important so that they have opportunities to be successful. Support in achieving this is key and the voice of our young people is at the heart of what we do.

NEWSMy name is Amanda Ormond and I am the Senior Education Support Officer for Out Of County Children at Virtual School Kent. I have worked at VSK since June 2011 in the North Kent Area and from February 2019 I took the Senior role for Out Of County placed young people. In previous roles I have taught at a KS4 PRU and also worked in a Secondary school. I deliver training locally in Attachment and Trauma Awareness and have a Diploma in Youth Counselling, Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and am a Qualified Nurture Practitioner. I have a responsibility to track and monitor the education for any Kent child who has been placed outside of our County This includes young people in Early Years up to the end of Key Stage 5. My aim is to develop this work stream so that there is equity in our service and offer for our young people wherever they are placed. Please feel free to contact me in regards to any queries you may have about a young person’s education outside of Kent. I work full time including the school holidays. Phone: 03000 412293 or email: amanda.ormond@kent.gov.uk

NEWSMy name is Nina Windle and I am the Specialist Education Welfare Officer for Out Of County Children at Virtual School Kent. I have worked at VSK since April 2012 in Canterbury and Swale and joined the Out Of County team in Oct 2019. I initially joined KCC in 2006 where I supported the development of the role of the CIC Education Welfare Officer within the Pru, Inclusion and Attendance Service. Prior to this I worked in a Therapeutic Residential Unit & School and also within YOS. I have the responsibility to track and monitor the attendance of our Statutory school aged Kent Children in Care placed in Schools outside of Kent and Medway. I can offer support, advice and guidance to increase attendance, reduce exclusions and help bridge the gap between attendance and achievement. Please get in touch if you have any concerns about attendance, exclusions, reduced time tables, pupils not in an education provision and I’ll endeavour to support. I work Wednesday- Friday including school holidays. Phone: 03000 418801 or email: nina.windle@kent.gov.uk

NEWSMy name is Karen Wood and I am the KS4 & KS5 Transition Education Support Officer for Out of County Children at Virtual School Kent. I first joined Virtual School in October 2015 as Key Stage 4 progression Adviser for Canterbury and Swale where I supported key stage 4 students with their transition and options for post 16. I returned to Virtual School and joined the Out of County Team in December 2019. Prior to this I have worked as a Nurse, Connexions P.A. and Learning Support Manager in a local school. My focus is on the progression and attainment of Kent Children in Care in Key Stage 4 and their transition to Key Stage 5 to support successful engagement in Education, Employment and Training opportunities when placed outside of our county. I work term time only. Phone: 03000 415400 or email: karen.wood@kent.gov.uk

NEWSMy name is Amanda Roback and I am the Business Support Officer for Out of County Children at Virtual School Kent. I have worked at VSK since January 2011 in the Canterbury and Swale team and joined the Out of County team in September 2019. I initially joined Kent County Council in March 2002 supporting the Business Administration team at Clover House and then progressed on to PA support for the Early Years team.
I am responsible for supporting the Out of County team. I assist in the smooth running of the service and take a proactive role in relation to its day to day functioning. Please feel free to contact me in regards to any Business Support queries.
I work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:45am to 2pm, term time only. Phone: 03000 418737 or email: amanda.roback@kent.gov.uk

NEWSMy name is Sam Oxberry and I am the FELO (fostering education liaison officer) for North Kent and Out of County young people at Virtual School Kent. Before joining VSK in 2009 I worked in the Fostering Team for Canterbury and Swale. My role as it is today is supporting foster carers with the wider issues of supporting young people’s education. I have moved around various areas covering SK, NK, 16+ and now OOC. The years of experience I have enables me to have a greater understanding to the demands and struggles foster carers have, I hope to bring knowledge and wisdom with the work I do by supporting foster carers from various agencies and adopters, alongside schools, from an age range from Early Years to 16+ and beyond. This includes PEP’s, school moves, CIC reviews, Permanency Planning Meetings, supporting the team as well as various schemes like Letterbox, Good To Be Me Projects, to supporting staff in schools by offering practical and reflective advice that supports our young people to reach their full potential.
I work full time including the school holidays Phone: 03000 418713 or email: samantha.oxberry@kent.gov.uk

NEWSMy name is Joanne Kelly and I am Deputy Head at Virtual School Kent. I have worked at VSK for eight years and have line management responsibility for the Out of County team. The Out of County team work very hard to try and ensure that every child in care living outside of Kent has the best opportunities to succeed in education and I aim to support them to achieve this. Please feel free to contact me in regards to an escalation of any queries you may have about a young person’s education outside of Kent. I work full time including the school holidays. Phone: 03000 412112 or email: joanne.kelly@kent.gov.uk