Leadership Team

Chris Keen – Executive Principal

I am delighted have been appointed the new Principal of Ellis Guilford School.

I have taught for over 30 years, many of which were as a teacher of English, prior to taking up leadership roles in 3 different schools.

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Gemma Johnson – Head of School

I started my teaching career in September 2011, as a Teacher of Geography in a Nottinghamshire secondary school. Since then, I have worked in 4 secondary schools in a variety of leadership roles and geographical contexts. These have included roles as a Lead Practitioner across a multi-academy trust, Teaching and Learning lead and the leadership of two large faculties as Director of Science and Humanities, resulting in much improved outcomes.   Here at The Ellis Guilford School, I am Vice Principal for the Quality of Education. My role is to improve the learning experiences, and outcomes, for all children. Central to this, is to improve the quality of teaching

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David Fugill – Vice Principal

I started teaching in 2007 as a Teach First participant in Science. I have worked in four other schools across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as well as working across all schools in the Nova Education Trust as the Science Subject Director. Previously I have worked as Head of Year and Progress Leader at Arnold Hill Academy securing significant improvements in GCSE results in 2014.

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Joanne Chambers – Vice Principal

I have whole school responsibility for Attendance, Rewards and Pupil Premium. I began my teaching career in 2002 and have worked at 4 Secondary schools across the East Midlands in a variety of pastoral and achievement roles.  I strongly believe that high quality education is for all children and that working together we can achieve the best for our pupils. 

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John Williams – Assistant Principal

I joined Ellis Guilford School in September 2000 as a Teaching Assistant working with students with special educational needs.   In January 2001, I began training to be a teacher on the Graduate Teacher Training Programme with my placement at Ellis Guilford School.  I qualified the same year as a teacher of ICT and RE. I have spent the whole of my teaching career at Ellis Guilford School and am very proud of this.

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Nick Lever – Assistant Principal

I began my teaching career in 2014 as a Teacher of PE at the Ellis Guilford School and I am extremely proud to now be part of the Senior Leadership Team. In June 2016 I took over the leadership of Skills for Life which I led until 2020. My leadership has ensured our school addresses the most important aspects of pupils development physically, socially and emotionally.

I have since been Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Assessment, and will be responsible for Behaviour and Attitudes across KS4 from September 2023. My key aim for this year are to ensure our pupils can self-regulate their behaviour to ensure they are having a positive impact on their own learning and that of others

James Girling – Assistant Principal


Josh Neville – Assistant Principal


Aaron Richardson – Assistant Principal

I started my teaching career in 2016 working in a state comprehensive school and took on pastoral leadership roles shortly after, focusing on behaviour and attitudes, which is now under my remit at Ellis Guilford. I believe in having high expectations of pupils and providing them with the tools to be independent and resilient.

Lauren Hudson- Assistant Principal

My teaching career started in September 2011 as a Teacher of Music at a school in Nottingham City.  Over the years, I have expanded my experience, working in three different secondary schools in the East Midlands and the North East.  In 2021, I became part of the team at Ellis Guilford School, where I led the Performance Faculty and I have been part of the Teaching and Learning Team.  

Since September 2023, I am Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning.  My primary responsibility is to uphold and enhance the quality of teaching and learning by fostering excellence in Ellis Guilford’s classrooms.  My responsibilities include overseeing the quality assurance of Teaching and Learning, the delivery of CPD, homework, remote learning and the elevate curriculum.