COVID 19 UPDATE: Avocet House and Turnstone House remain open throughout the Covid 19 epidemic, all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of our young people, staff and visitors.  Referrals continue to be accepted and any enquiries should be referred to the Principal, Vicki Collings.

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SES Kite commenced on 4 September 2020 providing a new provision for post 18 year olds.

Jon Lees

Jon has been Principal of Avocet House since its opening in 2005 until November 2013 when he took over as Principal of Turnstone House. He holds a BEd (Hons) and an MEd in Special Education. He has completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and was in fact in one of the first special-school based staff to do so.

As well as working in mainstream education he has been involved in the development of a co-ed residential BESD school where he was promoted to senior teacher, he worked as Deputy Head resurrecting another BESD residential/day school where he than went on to be Headteacher consolidating and further developing successful practice illustrated by:

  • Two strong Ofsted inspections and two equally strong National Care Standards Inspections
  • Increasing the Investor in People quality practice, scoring exceptionally highly in its later profile assessment
  • Successive National School Achievement Awards
  • GCSE outcomes year on year 350% higher than the national average for similar schools
  • In the national, value added tables scoring higher than any other school in Norfolk, regardless of its type, and scoring higher nationally than any other maintained school of its type
  • The only school in 2003 in Norfolk to be awarded Arts Mark Gold Status and the only school of its type to do so nationally at the time
  • A staff ‘well being’ audit (part of Norfolk’s well established and highly regarded Well Being Project) that revealed a stronger ‘well being’ profile than any other school in Norfolk
  • Jon led Avocet House from opening through to its ‘Outstanding’ status which has been sustained since 2009.

At National Level:

  • Jon has been a member of engage in their future the National Association of School Leaders within the Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties sector (BESD) since it started at a national level in 1998 and joined the National Committee as Eastern Region Representative in 2002. After a year as Vice Chair, Jon became Chair of engage in their future in July 2008.
  • Through his National connections Jon has played an active part in directly supporting and brokering support for numerous schools in difficulty.
  • Jon has spoken at a number of conferences and events as well as being invited to sit on DfE working parties for BESD and Looked After Children.