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New Educational Facility opens at Talbot House Trust

A brand new Key Stage Two educational facility has opened at Talbot House Trust, thanks to £100,000 of funding by local and national trusts.

A New Chief Executive at Talbot House Trust

Deirdre Pearson has been appointed Chief Executive at Talbot House Trust in Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Talbot House Trust already provides schooling for pupils with complex needs aged 7 – 18. However, the funding means that the younger children, aged 7 – 11, will now benefit from a dedicated education suite, purpose built to meet their specific needs.


Deirdre Pearson, Chief Executive, Talbot House Trust, said:


“Our new Key Stage Two facility will enable us to provide specialist support for young people who struggle in mainstream education. Early intervention is vital. At Talbot House Trust, children can benefit from the skills and expertise of our team – who offer a high adult-to-pupil ratio, individually tailored behavioural management and first class teaching.”


Deirdre continues:


“Our new education facility will provide an ideal learning environment for children with complex needs and we can’t wait to get started. Huge thanks go to everyone who has provided funding: Catherine Cookson Trust, Percy Hedley Foundation, Hedley Denton Charitable Trust, Kelly Charitable Trust, The Ballinger Trust, Bernard Sunely Charitable Trust, William Webster Charitable Trust, The Equitable Charitable Trust, William Leech Charity and Henry Smith Charity.


Mick O’ Brien, Head of School, at Talbot House Trust added:


“We strive to achieve positive outcomes for disaffected children from across the region and beyond, so that one day they can leave school with recognisable qualifications, either in vocational skills or in academia. With this funding and our new facility, we can ensure children get the same educational opportunities as their peers in mainstream schooling.”


Talbot House Trust is a registered charity which provides a nurturing and supportive environment for children and young people with complex needs. It comprises a special educational needs school, a residential care home for children and a vocational skills centre.



Deirdre was appointed in January and brings with her over 10 years experience as a senior manager in the not-for-profit sector.


As a specialist in financial management, Deirdre was previously employed as Director of Finance and Administration at Norcare and most recently worked as a financial consultant for Together Women, a Leeds-based charity.


Deirdre explains:


“As I have wide ranging experience in financial management, strategy and project management, I was drawn to the challenge of leading such an inspiring organisation into the next, exciting phase of its development.”


Talbot House was founded in 1974 to enhance the lives of disaffected youngsters. Since then, services have grown and developed and now include education, accreditation, vocational training and 24-7 residential care.


Deirdre continues:


“Talbot House Trust provides a positive alternative for children and young adults who have had difficulties in mainstream provision. These young people are at a higher level of risk emotionally and/or physically. They can also be experiencing educational and social exclusion.


“At Talbot House Trust we aim to help young people with complex needs to bridge the transition into adult life and give them the opportunity to flourish in society.


“Enhancing self-esteem and providing a nurturing approach are fundamental principles here. They are fully embraced by our expert team, who strive to develop positive outcomes for young people in our care.”


On appointment, Deirdre was asked by trustees to oversee a management restructure and a re-brand, to position Talbot House Trust better for the future and raise the profile of the charity.


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