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Emily Johnson


Emily Johnson is responsible for leading the development of our curriculum pathways at EKC Broadstairs College. Before gaining the role of Principal in 2022, Emily was Deputy Principal for two years, and spent eight years as Assistant Principal.

With the increase in awareness and importance of good mental health and wellbeing, Emily has dedicated much of her career to developing her knowledge in this area. She has been passionate about ensuring the College delivers support and intervention in order to remove barriers to learning, providing wraparound support for students and enabling them to reach their full potential. She has also been keen to create working environments that support career progression, flexibility and a work-life balance for College staff.

Emily first came to the College after finishing school to study Law, Sociology and Child Psychology. It was then that Emily says she found her passion for learning, realising that there was a whole host of opportunities waiting for students and that you could be anything you want to be if you apply yourself. She subsequently returned twice more as an adult learner to study for qualifications at Levels 2, 3, and 4.

After finishing her studies, Emily worked for Halifax as a customer adviser and at Tesco as a file maintenance controller, before beginning her career with the College in 2009 as an executive personal assistant. During 2010 Emily gained her teaching qualification and TAQA Assessor Award. Over the past 10 years, she has held roles of Executive Administration Corporate Events Officer and PA, College Administration Manager, College Support Services Manager, Head of Campus Operations, Assistant Principal and now Deputy Principal. During this time, she has achieved a Master of Science, become a PRINCE2-registered practitioner in project management, accrued many hours of CPD in relation to safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing, and, more recently, become CIPD-qualified. 

Emily’s personal life is as busy as her professional one. Living in Thanet with her husband and three daughters, Emily is an advocate of healthy living and spends much of her time practicing various types of yoga. She is very proud to give back to her community by sitting on several local safeguarding groups, as well as the Community Alcohol Partnership. Emily is also Trustee Safeguarding Governor for Dane Court and King Ethelbert schools.

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