Meet our Staff

Head Teacher and Proprietor
Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson founded Clarity Independent School in 2019, following the popular success of Clarity SEN Consultancy Ltd, launched in 2012. This built on her Ofsted Outstanding childcare provision 'Home2home Childcare'.

She is the Proprietor and has been Head Teacher since opening the school in June 2019. She is passionate about enriching children's lives and ensuring they thrive and are happy. She loves teaching and has always been driven to help children who are vulnerable or struggling. Debbie has been teaching for 20 years, 15 of these in SEN, and has built up a wide collection of professional qualifications.

Mrs Ailara has been the Deputy Head Teacher since the school opened in September 2019, working alongside Debbie as the SENDCo and the Designated Safeguarding Lead. She will now pass her SENDCo role onto Richard Clow, who joins us after May half term 2022.Mrs Ailara is an accredited SENDCo and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her degree in Psychology, her PGCE and many years of teaching in many different roles, including LSA, SEND teacher, leadership roles within mainstream and SEND schools. 

Deputy Head
Sharyn Ailara
Richard Clow

I have been teaching in Primary, Secondary and Special schools since 2007, including 5 years at Castledon SEN School. My most recent role was to model high quality teaching in support of the School Improvement Plan for a mixed Year4/5 class. I have been a subject leader for Geography, History, RE and MFL, as well as a middle leadership trainer. I have a First class honours degree in ITT with QTS, which I studied at Anglia Ruskin University, followed by my National Award SENCo Post Graduate study at University College London.

Business Manager
Mary Weidner (7th Nov onwards)
Mary Weidner joins us from Juniper Education. As a senior finance consultant and qualified business manager, Mary has over 23 years' experience as a business manager and comes with a wealth of knowledge, strategic planning skills and contacts. We are looking forward to her starting at Clarity on 7th November 2022. 
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SEN Teacher
Michelle Gater

I have been working with young people for over 30 years. However, I only became a qualified teacher in 2011, my specialism being SEN. My highest qualification is an honours degree, this was achieved through the open university and consists of Maths, ICT and social science.


SEN Teacher
Simon Bayly


As a fluent Spanish speaker, Mr Bayly qualified as an MFL teacher in 2013. He has always applied his passion for teaching English; reading, writing and verbal communication through the career choices he has made. 

SEN Teacher
Mary-Jane Yasruddin

I completed my degree; BA (Hons) German followed by my teaching qualification PGCE in German! I have also successfully studied my Level 4 Dyslexia Action Diploma: Dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties, supporting individuals with memory weaknesses, reading, writing and spelling support for learners with dyslexia and multi-sensory tuition. I have 4.5 yrs experience of working with learners with special needs. 

Office Administrator
Lauren Gray
Lauren joins us from a local GP surgery, where she has been working as their receptionist since 2016. 
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Trainee HLTA 
Marcelle Stone

Marcelle has spent over 9 years working as a key worker to students with EHCPs, delivering one to one interventions and nurture to children with autism and other learning difficulties in a mainstream senior school before coming to Clarity. 

Anita Kidd

I qualified as a HLTA, Level 4 in 2021 and have 14 years' experience of working with in main stream and specials needs schools.

Pauline Underwood
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Pauline Underwood cleans the school and make it nice and tidy and organised too.
School Support / TA
Elaine Wright

I am a Level 3 Teaching Assistant with a Diploma in Special Needs and have completed lots of training programmes to enhance my practice; therefore, I am the school’s Autism Champion.

I started my career working in Early Years, where I decided I wanted to work with children with special needs. I have been working with special needs since I qualified 20 years ago.