Alison was the founder head teacher of Betty Layward School. As head teacher she managed its development from a 90 pupil Early Years school to a very popular and successful 2 form entry primary school for 450 pupils. Alison’s leadership skills were described as outstanding by Ofsted. Alison joined Northwold School in 2008, when Alison took over there was only 50% permanent staff, 64% staff attendance, falling pupil roll and this was one of the lowest achieving schools in the country. Under Alison’s leadership the school has a full list of permanent staff members with 98% attendance, an oversubscribed pupil roll and is the highest performing school in Hackney and in the top 5 in London.