RESUME – TRUSTEE (Non-Executive)

Karen Godsall

Karen Godsall joined the Inspire Learning Federation as a Director in September 2014. She is delighted to be working with the Board of Directors as she is passionate about improving the life chances of young people in the Waterside area.


As the Principal at New Forest Academy, her vision for transforming education is focussed on high quality teaching/learning and rapid school improvement. Since she took up her post as Principal, she has made a significant impact on improving the quality of education on offer at New Forest Academy. She has thirty years’ teaching experience in secondary schools, and has been a senior leader for 14 years.


Her achievements include being the first teacher in Dorset to be accredited as an Advanced Skills Teacher in English and being the SW Regional Teaching Award winner for Most Creative Use of IT. She has led a federative partnership across three Dorset schools, sharing expertise in: high quality teaching; school improvement and human resources management.


She has a wide variety of experience in the educational sector, having also previously worked in a Leading Edge school and as Regional Affiliation Coordinator for the SW region for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.  


Throughout her career she has collaborated with other educationalists. She works closely with Ringwood School Teaching Alliance, Academies and Enterprise Trust and The Romsey School. She is very pleased to be working with the Inspire Learning Federation.