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Nicola Kelly

Assistant Principal (Support)

Nicola Kelly is responsible for leading the support functions at EKC Broadstairs College. This includes College Services, Safeguarding and Estates. A large part of her role is leading the pastoral support for our students, including overseeing services for counselling, wellbeing, and the bursary. Nicola is passionate about the underpinning functions which support students while they study at College and is an advocate for ensuring all learners have an outstanding experience during their time with us.

Nicola has worked in education for over 20 years and has held a variety of roles, giving her a broad knowledge both in terms of supporting students and leading staff. 

Nicola previously ran her own training agency for foster carers which built bespoke packages for completing the mandatory training requirements and ensuring they met national minimum standards. From working with residential care homes, and children in care to fostering, Nicola developed a vast knowledge of the needs of young people which she took back into further education. Working on many successful pilots, Nicola helped to launch a traineeship scheme with OCR and worked alongside Barnett College and Harrogate Council to help young people who were not in education get started on care apprenticeships before returning to work at the EKC Group.

With her knowledge of special educational needs and higher need learners, Nicola became the Head of Additional Learning Support at Broadstairs in 2016. During this time, Nicola was at the forefront of positive change within ALS and SEND initiatives, including leading on the change over to EHCPs and raising the level of support for students across the College. After four years in this job role, Nicola proceeded to become the Head of Supported Learning in 2019.

Nicola has gained much experience during her career and is always looking for opportunities to share best practices and make a difference to staff, students, and stakeholders.

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