Christine Arrowsmith


Since 2012, Christine has worked as a ‘Hotline’ officer with the Association of School and College Leaders, offering telephone advice to all ASCL members, which requires up to date expertise and knowledge of curriculum, data for accountability, inspections, pay, performance management, employment law, management of staff and students and Governance and Trusts, as well as strong people skills. Christine has also worked since 2011 as a self-employed education consultant, supporting schools in the primary, secondary, special and pupil referral unit sectors. Her specialisms include supporting Senior teams and Governors on school improvement, particularly involving leadership and management, subject and pastoral leader training, pre and post inspection support, school evaluation and school improvement planning.

Christine’s previous roles include Headship at Kingsbury School, Warwickshire, an 11-16 LA comprehensive school, from 1995-2001, which was identified by The Daily Mail as “The most improved school in England” in 1999 and by the LA as a ‘Centre of Excellence’. From 2001-2003, Christine was Senior Inspector for Secondary Education in Warwickshire, leading on school improvement across the county and heading up the Inspectors’ Improvement Team and the National Strategies team. She also led on the Specialist Schools roll out. From 2003-2005 she was Headteacher at Limehust High School, Loughborough, an 11-14 LA comprehensive school, and from 2005-2011 at Abbot Beyne School, Burton Upon Trent, an 11-18 LA comprehensive school. Christine led these 3 very different schools through five Ofsted inspections; all were rated Good and her Leadership was rated Outstanding. Two of the schools had significant multi-cultural populations and Abbot Beyne School was graded Outstanding for its Community Cohesion work.

In all her Headship posts, Christine developed and sustained strong teams across the schools and gained significant experience in school improvement, Governance, finance and HR. She was also elected Chair of the East Staffordshire Heads’ Group and worked hard to develop strong links across the schools, many of which were Academies and parts of Trusts.