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.

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
Trust Consultant Teacher for Maths

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

Her role involves supporting Heads of Maths across the GDST, training and coaching, disseminating exciting educational developments and inspiring teaching strategies to ensure maths education across the GDST is the very best it can be.

She teaches maths at Wimbledon High School having been Head of Maths at another GDST school. She began her educational career through the TeachFirst programme, teaching in disadvantaged communities.

Michelle Holder
Pastoral Trust Consultant Teacher

Michelle Holder believes that if we prioritise our wellbeing we will flourish in life.

She brings her experience from working in mental health and social care to GDST schools. She supports students in learning to cope with the stresses of life and encourages them to be confident in making informed decisions. She believes that by listening to girls and working together we create a nurturing environment where it is good to laugh, okay to cry and important to be yourself.

Following a period of teaching, she retrained as a social worker and a counsellor. Michelle joined Northwood College for Girls in 2018. She continues to provide therapy for families in a local authority service.

jonathan nicholl gdst trust consultant

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.

Alexis Williamson-Jones Sport and PE Trust Consultant Teacher

Alexis Williamson-Jones
Sport and PE Trust Consultant Teacher

Alexis Williamson-Jones wants the GDST to lead in the field of physical education and sport for girls. She believes sport empowers girls with the life skills required for the challenges of the 21st century.

As the Trust Consultant Teacher for sport, Alexis gives advice to sport leads across the GDST to bring its sporting community together. She provides training and support to enhance learning across the schools through consulting, implementing research and facilitating collaboration across the Trust.

Prior to joining Sutton High School as Director of Sport, she spent 16 years at Leicester Grammar School in a number of leadership roles including Head of PE and Games.

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