Libby has spent 30 years working in secondary schools, as teacher and leader. For the last 13 years she led Ralph Allen School in Bath, a ‘Times Top 200’ school of 1100 students. It has been her endeavour to see every child and value them.
The school has been consistently judged good with outstanding features over this time and Ofsted have commented on the commitment to equality as ‘outstanding’ and remarked on its ‘strong inclusive ethos’.
As school leader she has worked on innovation projects with ecl since 2003 such as the development of the ‘equip’ peer mentoring model, Dissolving Barriers to Learning, the creation of The Green Room and holistic approaches to teaching and nurturing young people.
She is interested in developing spaces that challenge the conventional approaches to classroom learning and worked with award winning young London based architects Fielden Fowles to develop a masterplan for the school based on systemic principles and sustainability. Two successful bids have led to building expansion and the opening in 2013 of The Lee Centre, a ground breaking and inspirational new building with learning gardens that allows for teachers and students to explore new ways of working.
In working with young people, teachers and governors she has a warm, engaging and holistic approach and brings everyone to the place where they can learn and explore with confidence. She has taught the Iyengar Yoga method for the last 30 years, which has included teaching staff and students and has raised with her partner two daughters who also attended Ralph Allen School.
She maintains an interest in the systemic and is currently teaching Iyengar Yoga at a studio her home and in the locality.
The ecl Foundation is delighted Libby has become a trustee.