Laura Devanny

Student Progress Manager

Laura is passionate about inclusive education, recently completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Lifelong Learning (specialising in Special Educational Needs). Since then, she moved on to become a pastoral tutor, and teaching PSHE at Key Stage 5. Laura’s interest in neurodiversity began in 2013, when she led a music workshop for autistic young people, subsequently working at the Sound and Light Therapy Centre in London.

She worked for over five years within NHS psychiatric settings, and has extensive knowledge of mental health, since supporting many young people through their challenges in various settings. Laura draws on this wealth of experience to connect with and support her students and their families.

With a degree in music, from the University of Leeds, Laura’s musicianship has taken her to perform in Sweden, Switzerland, France, and all corners of the UK with various bands and choirs. Laura is passionate about using singing as a tool for wellbeing and enjoys teaching others how to do so. Since the pandemic, she doesn’t perform as much, and instead enjoys writing and recording songs with her husband who she has performed with professionally in bands and as a duo for over 15 years. They have now settled back in Yorkshire, where they enjoy bike rides, and outdoor swimming when the weather allows! Much of her time is also spent cooking (typically Thai, Indian, or Italian food.)