Gill Kelly

After graduating with a Degree in Art History Gill become an Exhibitions Assistant taking books to schools around Europe. She then entered the art world by becoming a private Art Gallery Assistant going on to sell art to businesses before rising to the position of Manager of an Art gallery in Bath.

Whilst she enjoyed it for a while, it didn't fulfil her need to contribute to a greater society. She made the decision to leave the role to join the teaching profession, and has never looked back. 

Gill has twenty-two years of experience in education with thirteen years’ experience as a Senior Leader. 

She is currently Headteacher of a UK state boarding school and was formerly Executive Principal for Wellspring Academies Trust where her leadership was been recognised by HMI monitoring reports. After six months of leading a Pupil Referral Unit in Special Measures, the November 2016 monitoring visit stated:

The interim executive principal is universally respected by staff and has ensured that, during a protracted period of ongoing development and change, staff feel valued and well supported. She has successfully implemented an impressive number of well-chosen initiatives since she started in April 2016
— HMI report Nov 2016

Gill brings her passion and drive to everything she does. 

Prior to this leadership role, Gill led an 11-19 Academy as Principal, raising standards and achieving a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement for the school which was positioned in a challenging inner city context. The school looked after children from over 64 different countries with 44 languages spoken. Over 75% of the school population received free school meals and 52% were categorised as EAL. Gill’s leadership took the school’s results above floor targets and improved attendance through a combination of vision, rigour and care. 

As well as leading school improvement, Gill is also an author, trainer and public speaker. Her book ‘Where will I do my Pineapples?’ published by Crown House chronicles the journey of a whole school build programme from the perspective of a Deputy Headteacher in charge of of teaching and learning. 

Gill is currently co-authoring a book for Crown House on school leadership in challenging contexts.

Gill's Books


Where Will I Do My

The Little Book Of Building A Whole New School

There Is
Another Way

The Second Big Book Of Independent Thinking