Our Experts

Our network is our super power and one of the great advantages of being part of a family of schools is the sharing of our expertise.

In addition to our heads, teachers and support staff, the GDST also has Trust Consultants working across the 25 schools and academies.

These are highly trained and experienced subject experts who work across the GDST establishing best practice, fostering collaboration and supporting the delivery of an outstanding girls-only education for which the GDST is known.

Debbie Hill
Educational Research Trust Consultant Teacher

Debbie believes that reflective practice lies at the heart of successful teaching and that action research and collaborative inquiry to improve learning outcomes are powerful and highly effective forms of individual or joint professional development.

As well as promoting and disseminating educational research, Debbie’s role involves supporting colleagues across Trust to undertake their own action research and encouraging research collaborations across GDST schools. She provides training and support for action research and is passionate about the sharing of ideas and classroom-based experience.

Until recently Debbie was Head of the Languages Faculty at Northampton High School, where she is still School Consultant Teacher and a teacher of German and French. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in the UK in both the state and the independent sectors and has also taught in Germany. She has acted as a mentor for the Future Learn “Teaching Girls” MOOC and has worked with teachers in Bangalore as part of the LRTT programme. She is currently a research advisor for the Global Action Research Collaborative on Girl’s Education.

Lauren Munro-Hall
Senior PSHE Trust Consultant Teacher

Lauren Munro-Hall aims to support and collaborate with Senior PSHE Leads across the GDST to ensure they are equipped with all the tools, resources and confidence they need to deliver PSHE in the most effective, informative and engaging way.

Lauren believes that educating early, using correct signposting and terminology, as well as ensuring that the classroom is a safe and open space for the girls to share their thoughts, is pivotal to forward-thinking PSHE. This will allow the girls to develop ideas independently when they move into their adult lives.

Currently, she is Head of Year 11, Head of PSHE and teacher of Physical Education at Notting Hill & Ealing High School. Lauren has taught for seven years and has had a variety of roles, including Head of House and is also a mental health first aider.


Fiona Kempton
Digital Strategy Trust Consultant Teacher

Fiona Kempton aims to support all junior schools to realise the potential of the devices and platforms that they use in the classroom, so that educational technology can truly augment the learning experience.

She will be working with junior heads and junior digital leads across the GDST, to create EdTech strategies for their schools which aid workflow and increase creativity and collaboration between students. In her role, Fiona will also support schools with bespoke professional development for staff in order that allvbecome confident users of their chosen devices and platforms.

Currently in post as a Staff Consultant Teacher at Norwich High School, Fiona has taught for 22 years, in UK and international schools. She recently completed a Master’s in Educational Research with Cambridge University and is a Google Certified Trainer, an Apple Teacher and a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Cecile Halliday
Trust Consultant for Undivided Diversity and Inclusion

Cecile Halliday is inspired by the GDST’s vision of being shapers of the future of girls’ education. She wants to support GDST pupils, parents, staff and alumnae to translate this vision into today’s world, so that every girl can learn without limits; she believes this work will support the GDST to reach as many girls as possible.

In her role as the Trust Consultant for Undivided Diversity and Inclusion, she is a conduit and point of reference across the organisation to share and disseminate good practice: a safe and knowledgeable expert to support schools as they start to embed the GDST’s Undivided Charter for Action.

She identifies and builds links between Diversity and Equity Leads in schools, and uses these discussions to shape areas where the GDST can support pupils and staff – for example, through the central training programme and opportunities for pupils.

Cecile has been teaching for nearly two decades, and most of her experience lies in the independent sector. She is currently Deputy Head of Prep at Sutton High School, and previously across a number of schools. She loves the balance of being present at many different tables, be it the conference table or Reception class’s writing table. The richness of the different conversations she has with so many across the organisation is the highlight of her work.

GDST Trust Consultant Teacher for Maths

Rebecca Brown
Maths Trust Consultant Teacher

Rebecca Brown aims to change girls’ perception of maths and address the issue of under-representation of females in maths careers.

She is passionate about education. Her role involves inspiring and leading Maths across the 25 GDST’s family of schools. This involves collaborating with Senior and Junior Maths leads, fostering partnerships between schools, delivering training and coaching, running pupil events, disseminating educational developments, and sharing inspiring teaching strategies and resources. This is all to facilitate the very highest standard of maths education across the GDST.

She has been teaching Maths for over 14 years. The last 10 years have been working for the GDST where she has a variety of roles including Head of Maths at Wimbledon High School and teaching at Norwich High School. She is currently teaching part time at Wimbledon High School. She began her educational career through the Teach First programme, teaching in disadvantaged communities.

Kathryn Ferguson
Junior PSHE Trust Consultant Teacher

Kathryn Ferguson is collaborating with Junior PSHE teachers so that together, our girls are equipped with the tools and confidence they need to flourish now and in the future.

She believes that engaging, inspired and valued PSHE lessons help to foster an environment where the girls can learn about their emotions, discuss pertinent issues and explore how to create safe and fulfilling relationships with their families, friends, communities and most crucially themselves.

Since beginning her teaching career in her homeland Australia, Kathryn also completed a yearlong teacher exchange in Canada, before joining Notting Hill & Ealing High School in 2009. She is currently a Year 3 teacher and has led PSHE there since 2013.

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Jonathan Nicholl
Trust Performance Data Analyst

Jonathan wants decisions to be informed by evidence and is keen to make evidence about academic performance accessible and clear.

He created and maintains GDST’s data tracking tool, GDST Inform, and advises on how to analyse academic data, interpret value added and set appropriate targets.

Jonathan is a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Oxford High School and has taught Maths and Critical Thinking there since 2001.

Trust Consultant Teacher for SEND

Gray Foster Felton
SEND Trust Consultant Teacher

Gray Foster Felton believes that we all think and learn differently, and that our differences make us stronger.

She works as Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Notting Hill & Ealing High School and across the GDST as SEND Trust Consultant Teacher.

Her role involves planning, coordinating and delivering provision for students with SEND. She works with SENDCo’s, specialist teachers and teaching assistants across the GDST, offering training as well as providing guidance on SEND-related education policies and procedures.

She has worked in SEND teaching since 2004. She was post-doctoral research scholar at the Institute of Education, University College London until 2015, and joined the GDST the following year.

Ceri Crawford
Sport and PE Trust Consultant Teacher

Ceri Crawford believes that the school experience of sport should be fully inclusive, innovative and exciting, this way everyone can access the true potential of sport across the GDST.

Her role involves planning and coordinating the GDST rally schedule, chairing the Sport Matters Committee and developing new schemes and initiatives for sport across our family of schools. As Sport TCT she offers guidance and support to other Directors of Sport, especially those new to GDST, building a unified support network to further promote and encourage sport across the Trust.

She has worked as a Director of Sport and Head of PE in two girls’ schools since 2010 and is currently Director of Sport at Howell’s School, Llandaff. Gaining invaluable experience in girls’ education, Ceri is working towards her personal motto that ‘all girls can thrive through the medium of sport’.

Kevin Stannard
Director, Innovation & Learning

Education can transform lives, and teachers and schools have a crucial role to play. The only thing better than a great school is a great school plugged into a network of schools with similar aims. That’s where the GDST comes in…

Our job in Trust Office is to support our schools and academies in designing, developing and delivering an outstanding education for our pupils, and establishing the Girls’ Day School Trust as a leader in girls’ education.

Kevin’s role is to ensure that the education team at Trust Office is focused on making as big a difference as possible through, e.g. pupil events, staff training, policy guidance, and research.

Kevin taught for more than 20 years, and immediately before joining the GDST he was Director of Education at the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

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