Gill joins Kingsley with over 30 years of experience of providing inspirational teaching and leadership. She is a National Leader of Education, has extensive experience mentoring new headteachers and has also established a teaching school to support the careers of hundreds of educationalists across the North West of England.
The North East is, however, where Gill’s career began. After gaining her teaching qualifications at the University of Durham, she stayed in the region as she quickly moved through the teaching hierarchy from being a Teacher of Religious Education to her first leadership role, a position in which she was responsible for monitoring and tracking the progress that students made.
Gill then joined a school in Whitley Bay. During her seven years in the senior leadership team she transformed teaching and learning practices and, most notably, became increasingly responsible for the school’s pastoral responsibilities. In an area which faces some challenges, ensuring that students felt supported and nurtured was critical to the school’s progress.
Her experiences in the North East have shaped Gill’s career. Irrespective of children’s origins or backgrounds, she firmly believes that they can only flourish if they are educated in an environment where they feel able and confident to express themselves and explore their own talents and interests.
In 2007, Gill was then approached to join Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, a selective school where students make progress that remains amongst the very best in the country. In 2009 Ofsted praised the school for “offering an exceptionally high quality of education and excellent value for money”. At the heart of this was the school’s ability to “provide care of the highest quality” and by their commitment to “encouraging all students to participate in an excellent range of academic, sporting and cultural activities”.
Five years later, Gill took on her first Headship at the Ofsted Outstanding Archbishop Temple School (ATS) in Preston. During the school’s most recent SIAMS inspection, Gill was described as “inspirational” as the inspectors noted that: “pupils are deeply aware of the school’s commitment to nurturing them to be the best they can be.”
It is unsurprising, therefore, that in the last year of her time at the school there were nearly 1,000 applications for the school’s 150 places.
In 2015, ATS was designated as a National Teaching School, taking a lead in supporting the development of staff across the region. Gill was also asked to mentor new headteachers and, as a result of the impact that she had, she was named as a National Leader of Education in 2017.
Gill has relatives in the local area, links to the Methodist Church, and is deeply impressed with the strong ethos and values-driven education that Kingsley has to offer.
After a short spell at the renowned Ripley St Thomas CofE Academy, which she left for personal reasons, she was, therefore, delighted to accept a position to join our community.
Gill has a husband, Tim, and they are both currently in the final throes of helping their daughter prepare for her wedding. Their son is currently studying Computer Science at Newcastle University.
Gill is also a keen horse rider, and is an active member of her local church.