Family Advice

Keswick School Head


Hello, I’m Sharon Carrigan.

I’ve been the Family Adviser at Manor Green School since it opened in 2010, transferring from Holyport Manor School where I’d worked since 1996.

I have three grown-up children, one of whom has an ASC diagnosis, so I have first-hand experience of the pride and joy (and trials and tribulations!) of being a parent. I’m now also very proud to be a granny, enjoying the wonders and pleasures of a whole new generation. 

The role of Family Adviser was initially described to me as simply “being there” for the parents/carers and family of every student in the school so that’s where I’ve tried to be ever since. It’s not easy trying to raise a family and it can become even more of a challenge if one (or more) of your children has additional needs. There are times when we all need an extra bit of support and it’s helpful to know that there’s someone there just to talk to, to discuss issues with or simply to ask for advice or help.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll see what I can do. If I can’t help, I’ll find someone who can. You can reach me via a message in your child’s home/school book, a phone call on the school number (extension 2008) /ny mobile 07377 800285 or email:

In addition:

  • I’m happy to support you to liaise with other agencies, attend meetings with you or accompany you to appointments (diary permitting).
  • Manor Green School holds regular Coffee, Cake and Chat mornings in our own Tqste Cafe.  These offer a chance to catch up with other parents/carers and to take some time out in a supportive environment – whilst enjoying a barista coffee and cake!
  • We also offer speaker sessions when guests or representatives from other agencies, charities or organisations attend to discuss or provide information on a variety of topics - all chosen by you.
  • I’m an accredited Triple P and Stepping Stones Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme for families with a child who has a disability) facilitator offering parenting suport in school.
  • The “Friends of Manor Green School” (PTA) is also another way that you can become more involved in the daily life of the school. 
  • Information about all of these events (and more) can be found on the school website Key Diary Dates and via the weekly news update email and MGS’ social media pages.

Best wishes