Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy is provided by the Bexley Team from Oxleas NHS Trust.
We have Speech and Language Therapists who support students at both our sites on Marlborough Park Avenue and Marlborough Legacy at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. The Speech and Language Therapists review pupil's progress of their communication skills and work closely with the young person's class teacher to agree communication targets. They offer support to all those working with the young person so their communication objectives can be achieved.
The Speech and Language Therapists provide training to staff and parents, advice for those working with the young people, classroom support and a range of therapy groups. They also provide assessments and guidance for pupils with eating and drinking difficulties.
If you would like to speak to a therapist, please contact them through the school or email them at oxl-tr.BexleySCS-SPA@nhs.net or telephone 0203 004 0092.
The current School Physiotherapist is Lesley Hopkins – Bain. She provides a service to students who have difficulties with gross motor skills limiting their functional independence. Her work is centred on the needs of the student, thereby maximising the ability of the individual, and enabling them to reach their full potential.
Lesley assesses, reviews, writes physiotherapy programs, and co-ordinates equipment and orthosis’ for students that require them and communicates regularly with parents/carers
She works closely with the MOVE team to develop functional programs to help maximize the child’s level of functional independence.
If you have any concerns or need advice please contact her on 0208 300 6896 or
- Write in the home contact book
- Leave a message with the class teacher
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 020 3004 0092
Occupational Therapy enables young people to maximise their independence in everyday activities, such as, feeding themselves. At Marlborough School the Occupational Therapists focus on specialist seating to enable the student to participate in class activities. The Occupational Therapists also review student's abilities to be independent in daily activities, e.g feeding and toileting. They will recommend equipment and techniques where necessary. If a student needs an upper limb splint, they will be referred to the splinting service at Acorn's Children's Centre.
At Marlborough School we host music therapy students through Nordoff Robbins a company who train their own therapists via a 2 year Masters Programme (validated by Goldsmiths, University of London and approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council). The therapists work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver music therapy in schools, hospitals, care homes and other community settings.
Nordoff Robbins explain that their therapists are skilled musicians who have a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by people they work with and they work hard to make music's opportunities available in ways which are accessible but also impact on people's lives more generally. This happens via engagement in shared music making, whether this is done improvisationally, making use of music people already know, creating new music together or working towards some kind of performance.