Carol Buchanan

Co-opted Trustee – Link Trustee for SEND and Looked After Children 

Carol worked as a teacher in both primary and secondary schools in London for 16 years, before moving to Kingston in 1989 as the Advisory Teacher for Special Educational Needs (SEN). Carol became the Inspector for SEN in West Sussex and then returned to Kingston into the same position and went on to become the Strategic Lead for Inclusion in both Kingston and Richmond. This leadership role incorporated SEND, vulnerable pupils at risk of exclusion, Looked After Children as well as pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Carol has also been a School Improvement Partner for many years, in Primary/ Secondary and Special Schools. This role required Carol to provide support and challenge to schools, senior leaders and governing bodies to raise standards.
Carol has now retired, but remains an external School Improvement Partner at a pupil referral unit and works as an Educational Consultant from time to time.Carol is a member of the Pupil Welfare and Community Committee and has oversight of the school’s provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Looked after Children, as the lead trustee in these areas.