Fiona first moved to Kent as a newly qualified teacher in 1979 and has lived and worked in the Swale area ever since. Fiona’s experience in education spans all age groups from 4 to 18 years although the majority of her teaching has been in the secondary sector.
Over the course of her career Fiona’s responsibilities have been both pastoral and academic which has given her a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of education. Fiona has led subject departments and faculties alongside responsibilities for safeguarding, child protection and social and emotional care. She has worked with social services to introduce new initiatives into schools, delivered training to county governors and children’s services across Kent and also led a federation of schools in a national pilot focused on achievement of pupils in Key Stage 3.
In 2013 Fiona accepted the Headship of a school in extremely challenging circumstances and over the last four years has used her expertise to see it develop into a popular and oversubscribed, successful school. In more recent years she has represented secondary Headteachers on the board of the Kent Early Help and Safeguarding Group and also represented Headteachers in Kent as a member of the Kent Children’s Safeguarding Board. Fiona was also a member of the Strategic Headteacher’s group for the South East for the national organization Teach First.
Fiona retired from Headship in August 2017 and now wants to divide her time between the children’s charity she established ten years ago, her family, advisory and voluntary work.