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Amanda Wilson

Amanda Wilson

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Coaching Bio

Amanda is the headteacher of St Alfege with St Peter’s CofE Primary School and has 25 years’ experience in the education sector. She is a qualified coach with an MA in Coaching and Mentoring from Oxford Brookes University and is an EMCC Senior Practitioner. She has a track record for supporting teachers in securing leadership roles, and providing a space for leaders to work through the range of challenges that they encounter daily. Amanda’s coaching style goes beyond the surface of achieving goals and through the use of Transactional Analysis focuses on the behaviours that influence decisions.

Coaching Experience

Amanda has been coaching for over 17 years, working with both educators and those in the business sector. In 2023 she completed her Masters in Coaching and Mentoring with Oxford Brookes University. Her dissertation focussed on understanding the coaching experience for Black headteachers working in UK schools. Amanda has a keen interest in Transactional Analysis (TA) and is currently training to be a psychotherapist. She uses her knowledge of TA to help her clients identify the thoughts and behaviours that may be preventing them from moving forward and work through solutions that will bring about lasting change.

Career Experience

Amanda is the headteacher of St Alfege with St Peter’s CofE Primary School and has over 25 years’ experience in the education sector. She is the founder of the First 100 Days Headteachers Conference, an annual event aimed at supporting new and aspiring headteachers. In 2023 Amanda published the book Letters to a Young Generation: Aspiring School Leaders which aims to encourage the next generation of Black school leaders. Amanda is a member of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Educate Against Racism group whose aim is to make a difference in schools by addressing racial biases and imbalances.

Coaching Qualifications

Masters in Coaching

After a number of knock backs I was starting to lose direction and needed to refocus. A coach was suggested and Amanda was recommended amongst others. After our initial meeting I chose her as I liked the way she quickly got down to business. I think it’s really important that you chose someone you feel comfortable with. I was not expecting to focus on my personal life but over the course of our work certain aspects came up, as they linked to the way I work, which was fascinating. Amanda provided challenge throughout these sessions and really helped me to reflect deeply. I feel I have grown as a person as well as regained my focus on the next steps of my career. I look forward to working with Amanda again in the near future. I would 100% recommend Amanda as a coach.

Laura, Curriculum Lead, Wirral

My name is Denise Deane and this is the first time that I have taken part in coaching. When I started the sessions, I did not really have any ideas or anticipate the effect it would have and also the impact that it would have on my life. I felt very comfortable opening up and discussing what is quite personal aspects of my work life. I have been with my employer for twenty-two years. During the coaching, Amanda questioned me and encouraged me to ask questions. The coaching also helped me to focus my mind on what is important and what I want, for me. Amanda listened to me. Helped me to stay focused. I then had clear goals and an aim in sight. Although, I have only had three sessions, I know that they helped me to be confident and have a vision. By the end of my second session, I had applied for a new job, which I got. I was well prepared for the application and the interview. My colleagues at my current job have noticed the difference in me. Recently, I have made some important life changes that I probably wouldn’t have done. I am so much happier than I have been in a long time. I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your support. I start my new post in January 2022.

Denise, Newly appointed SENCO, Kent

Working with Amanda was one of the most valuable learning experiences in my career to date. Her straight-talking, lead-by-example approach made her a leader that had the respect of all her staff and the wider school community and ensured that the standards in our school were extremely high. As I have developed in my career, progressing through the early stages of leadership, Amanda has frequently helped me with mentorship and coaching over the years. If ever I encounter a situation where I feel like I need the expertise of somebody more experienced, Amanda is always my first port-of-call. What I am most grateful for, is that Amanda doesn’t just tell me how to deal with issues, she coaches me through things to enable me to develop my own skillset to use in the future.

Laura, Assistant Headteacher, London