Meet our people

To help you get a feel of what it would be like to work with us and the children and young people in our care, we have asked a few of our colleagues to share with you their personal experience of what it is like to be part of the Acorn Education & Care family.

If you are looking for a role that will keep you challenged and motivated where you can really make a positive difference to the lives of children & young people then we would love to hear from you. You never know, maybe one day it could be you sharing your experiences here on our careers page.


Gerald Gordon – Care Home Manager Acorn Education & Care Residential

It’s the family feel that I like. If you are looking for a career – it’s a great company to work for.

Natalie – Senior Childcare Worker Acorn Education & Care Residential

People who do well at Pathway Care Residential are fun, caring, hardworking and confident in themselves because that rubs off on the children.


Sharon Holford – Head of Science Longdon Hall School

You can’t ever plan for a typical day in the role – sunshine and showers but it always ends up with the sun shining.

Underley Garden School Staff Testimonials

Staff at Underley Garden talk about the professional rewards of their work, teaching and caring for some of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Social Worker

Matthew Batten – Supervising Social Worker National Fostering Group

The best thing about working for National Fostering Group is seeing the children and young people in their placements, doing well and making significant progress

Cindy Alcock – Operations Manager National Fostering Group

If someone was thinking of applying to National Fostering Group I would say go for it, it is a great team and working spirit.

Business Support

Sarah Reddish – Lead HR Officer Acorn Education & Care Residential

The company has very much nurtured me and encouraged me to grow and develop.

Joe Parker – Team Administrator National Fostering Group.

It’s a great company with a great team feel.

Lisa Attwood – Referrals Co-ordinator Acorn Education & Care Residential

No two days are the same, everyone is a team player – we work well together and support each other. We are one big team.