Dr Peter Gardner

Peter Gardner is founder of Appleford School. He is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He is a Full Practitioner Member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology. He is a registered Psychotherapist (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and was a committee member of the Psychology and Psychotherapy Association.

Much of his work is legal work, including the preparation of detailed court reports and submission of oral evidence, working for Crown Courts, Magistrates Courts and Guardian ad litem panels. He acted as an expert witness in the precedent-setting Phelps v London Borough of Hillingdon education negligence case in the High Court in July 1997 and was described by Mr. Justice Garland as “particularly well qualified, careful and fair.” His legal work is split roughly 50:50 between Claimant and Defendant work.

Dr Gardner takes an active role in all aspects of Appleford life. Our ISI Inspection 2012 rated the quality of governance at Appleford as excellent.

“The proprietor provides excellent oversight of all sections of the school, ensuring that it meets its aim. The proprietor makes frequent formal visits in which he participates in senior management team meetings and this enables him to effectively discharge his responsibilities for educational standards, financial planning, and investment in staff, accommodation and resources.”

“The proprietor exercises an effective monitoring role that enables excellent insight into the workings of the school. Due to his expertise in this type of education, this involves providing expert support, challenge and stimulus for growth and improvement of education for pupils with SEND.”

“The proprietor is highly effective in discharging his responsibilities for statutory requirements, including the annual review of safeguarding and child protection arrangements throughout the school and oversight of health and safety.”

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