About our service

Our Student Support Service is here to support blind and partially sighted students aged 11+ to get the most out of their secondary, college and university education.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to thrive in education. That is why we have produced a range of resources and information for students (including mature students), parents and carers and professionals, on everything related to 11+, post 16 and university education.

We hope that you can find most of the information you are looking for on our web pages, but if you can’t or need more bespoke information then we can provide one to one information and support via our support service.

Contact us at studentsupport@pocklington-trust.org.uk

Or call our student support line on 0203 757 8040. Our line is manned every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am and 4pm. Outside of these hours, you will be asked to leave your name, number and a short message and a member of our team will return your call.

Meet the Student Support team

We are really proud of our service and we love speaking to students and helping them to problem solve and to overcome any barriers they may face. Come and meet the team and find out just what drives us!

Tara Chattaway

Head and shoulders photo of Tara ChattawayTara is Head of Education and manages the Student Support Service.  She has worked in the charity sector in a range of policy, campaigning and service delivery roles.

She is really proud of the Student Support Service and how far it has come since its launch in April 2020.

Likes: running, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Alex Henderson

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Alex is a Student Support Coordinator. He is passionate about supporting students with their educational aspirations and is registered blind.

Likes: Latin and ballroom dancing, rock climbing, LotR, Star Trek, fitness, personal development and banoffee pie.

Dislikes: mushrooms!

 

 

Molly Hobbs

Head and shoulders photo of Molly Hobbs

Molly is a Student Support Coordinator and has worked in the Student Support Service since the start.  She recently graduated with a degree in Business Management and thoroughly enjoys working in the charity sector.

Likes: baking (especially birthday cakes and cupcakes), painting, daytrips and enjoying a cup of tea in the garden.

Dislikes: banoffee pie (sorry Alex!)

 

 

 

Gareth Brydon 

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Gareth is Education Manager and has lived experience of sight loss. He has a long career of working in the sight loss sector since starting his first job as a Rehabilitation Officer in 2000. He has experience of developing and managing education and employment services.

Likes: music, country walks with his family and cats.

Dislikes: dark chocolate and fruit in savoury food!

 

 

 

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