Alison Garner

Alison was formally Headteacher at Goffs, and has held two Headships in very different circumstances. She led her first school to an Ofsted rating of outstanding in all areas with no identified areas for improvement – one of the first schools in the UK to achieve this at that point in time. Her leadership has been identified by Ofsted as being outstanding in both Headships. She has worked as an Ofsted Inspector, a School Improvement Partner, and as a District Adviser for Hertfordshire, overseeing school performance in two areas of the County. In addition, Alison has undertaken consultancy nationally on school improvement and school leadership and accountability, with high levels of requests for her time both from within Hertfordshire and nationally.

Alison is highly versed in leadership, and strategies aimed at delivering ongoing whole school improvement. Alison is fundamentally child centred in her work, which is rooted in her belief that the core purpose of leadership at all levels is to deliver the best possible learning outcomes for children. Alison now provides expert advice and coaching to the Principals and leaders within the Trust, combining a clearly articulated view of a no excuses culture of leadership, with support, guidance and a listening ear, and is responsible for the outcomes of schools across the Trust.

Our Parents Say

I’ve been so impressed with Goffs-Churchgate. My daughter is in Year 7 and is really enjoying her time so far, plus she has come on leaps and bounds academically from when she first started. She really enjoys coming to school, which in turn makes us very happy. It’s a fabulous school; well done to all the staff for making this school what it is today.

I am extremely happy with the school. My daughter is doing so well and has achieved a lot in five months. I can say that the discipline procedure is fair and affective and keeps my daughter on track. I would definitely recommend the school to future Year 7.

Great school, managed well. Our child loves it at Goffs-Churchgate.

My daughter is really happy to come to school.

Believing in the kids and not giving up on them.

My daughter felt that the teacher really listened and understood her concerns, so I really appreciate and thank him for that.

I am blown away by the care that is shown (and has always been shown) by Goffs staff to my children.

Our child is thriving as part of the Goffs community.

My daughter is flourishing at Goffs; thanks to all the staff for their dedication.

The Nursery staff have always been amazing with the children.

Throughout the school there are many kind, caring, lovely, easy to speak to staff members.

All children are well-mannered and kind.

Nice, homely, welcoming atmosphere.

Great school and teachers are very caring and do go the extra mile.