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In each edition of our newsletter, we will introduce you to one of our expert team members from Priory Education and Children’s Services.

This month, get to know Karen Gaster, Executive Principal at Priory Lyndhurst.

Introducing Karen Gaster

Karen Gaster

Karen has been employed as a Principal within the Priory Education and Children’s Services for the last three and a half years. She heads up a staff team at Priory Lyndhurst of over 180 across 12 sites which include two schools, a post-16 unit, eight children’s homes, as well as the education provision within a CAMHS facility in one of the Priory Hospitals.

Karen also oversees a team of eight therapists from different disciplines who provide a range of interventions and psychological support to the children in her schools. In addition, Karen is involved in the development of Priory Education and Children’s Services across the Middle East.

Karen’s career in education

Enjoying a successful career in the City of London, Karen returned to University as a mature student to secure a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and began a highly successful career in education. Starting as a teacher, she made rapid progress, securing the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers (NPQH) and her first headship after just six years in the profession.

Her 15 year career as a senior educationalist has predominantly been working within the specialist sector of UK education, with children and young people who have been diagnosed with severe challenging behaviours and those on the autistic spectrum.

As the Head Teacher of a Local Authority Special School, under her headship, her School achieved two consecutive ‘Outstanding’ ratings by the Government’s regulatory body Ofsted. She currently leads two very successful Priory Special Schools, one of which has recently been recognised as an ‘Outstanding’ provision by Ofsted and the second, a new provision, anticipates a similar rating at its first full inspection in 2017.

Karen has presented to and worked in an advisory capacity to a number of teaching unions in relation to providing guidance and strategies to Government and associated bodies on the management of challenging behaviours in schools.

A recent entry in the well-known ‘Good Schools Guide’ concludes:

“In the specialist sector, more so even than in the mainstream, get the Head right and the rest usually follows. In Gaster, we saw someone absolutely on the money. She’s clear headed, business minded, ambitious - but with more than a touch of the mother hen, and the personal warmth that makes her good company.”

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For more information on the education services we provide at our British schools for children from around the world with Autism, ADHD and other Special Educational Needs, or to become one of our agents, please call +44 (0)208 108 2571 or click here.

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