About Us

Formed by three SEN Teachers and a Therapist in response to the mental health crisis that has swept through the country.

Created with passion and with one goal; to support and help young people in the South-West.

Built upon our extensive experience, knowledge, drive and our aim to help the community using the tools we have learnt during our careers.

Poles APart want to be the change that is needed.


We are a committed, passionate team who have seen the issues and understand what is missing for many students in the South-West who are struggling in a school setting. We want to make a difference and fill that gap.

Emma Wilton- 

Emma has worked in education for the last 11 years, starting her career as a learning support assistant in a Secondary mainstream before embarking on a career within the special education sector. Emma has gained the middle management qualification has a strong focus on student achievement and strives to achieve the best outcomes for every student she works with. Emma has a strong philosophy that every child counts and never gives up!

Contact: emma@polesapartap.com

Sam Laskey

Sam spent the early part of his career working as a Physical Training Instructor in the RAF and playing semi professional Rugby. Much of this time in the RAF was spent in phase 1 and 2 training,  teaching young men and women Physical Education, life skills and how to adapt into their new career. Sam then went on to become a mainstream Primary School teacher before moving into SEN. Sam is committed to finding the right opportunity for every child.


Jennifer Blackstone

As a qualified Secondary PSHE and Humanities Teacher, Jenn has been working in education for ten years since completing her degree. Jenn has experience of mainstream education and two SEN settings and has also completed a middle management qualification and one years credit towards a counselling diploma. Jenn wants the education system to focus on tailoring learning around mental health needs.

Contact: jenn@polesapartap.com

Anne-Marie Ryder

13 years Secondary teaching experience in Physical Education and Religious Studies. 5 years experience working with Alternative Provisions across Plymouth and Devon. Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead with Attendance. Working towards my accreditation, in an Advanced Diploma in Intergrative Humanistic Psychotherapy and Counselling. 6 years as the Safeguarding and Wellbeing and SEND governor at Plymstock School. 




Jennifer Blackstone

Emma Wilton

Sam Laskey

Anne-Marie Ryder

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Chair of the Board
Robyn Vincent (Headteacher at the Outdoors Group School) – Procedures and Teaching and Learning
The Board

Shevek Pring (Owner of the Outdoors Group)- Outdoor Education and Policies 

Peter Wentworth (Retired SENCO/SLT Member)- SEN Guidance and Safeguarding 

Carrie King (Senior Youth Support Worker at PCC) –Youth Services, Community and Safeguarding


Nicky Jewell (Head of Secondary Provision at ACE Schools)- SEN Guidance and AP advisor


Chris Holl (Careers Advisor)- Business Development


Mick Casey (Language Specialist)- Curriculum

Stephen Hulme (Local Councillor)- Community