Chris Gell

Trust Leader for Curriculum

BA (Hons.) in Secondary Education, Physical Education and Geography, Manchester Metropolitan University / National Professional Qualification for Headship

“One of my favourite quotes is ‘Life is not a rehearsal’. I try to make the most of every day in order to have as positive an impact as possible on the children that I am privileged to work with. I firmly believe in the values ‘Work hard, be kind, choose wisely” as these echo the values I was brought up on. I am a big believer in people power and the strength that comes through building high-performing collaborative teams. I am pleased The de Ferrers Trust also places such importance on this.”

I was born in Nottingham and grew up in Long Eaton on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border.  I attended my local secondary school, The Long Eaton School, where I sat my GCSEs and A levels before moving on to university study.

I began my teaching career in Nottinghamshire, working at three secondary schools. After five years of teaching PE I became Head of Department before progressing to become Director of PE and Humanities. I began my first senior leadership role ten years ago as an Assistant Headteacher with curriculum responsibility, before progressing to become Deputy Headteacher five years ago. I recently completed my NPQSL and NPQH professional qualification too.

Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit, watching live music, spending time with my family and supporting Nottingham Forest F.C. As the first person in my family to go to University, I am a big advocate of equality and inclusivity in education and firmly believe in the powerful role that education can play in social mobility.