Emily Johnson is responsible for leading the centralised Business Services, Additional Learning Support, Marketing, Estates and Safeguarding for Broadstairs College. As the Designated Safeguarding Lead, a large part of her role is leading the pastoral support for our students, including overseeing services for counselling, wellbeing and the bursary. Emily fosters a student-centred ethos underpinned by her belief that education not only enriches an individual’s life but has the power to change your life.
With the increase in awareness and importance of good mental health and wellbeing, Emily has dedicated much of her career to developing her knowledge in this area. She has been passionate about ensuring the College delivers support and intervention in order to remove barriers to learning, providing wraparound support for students and enabling them to reach their full potential. She has also been keen to create working environments which support career progression, flexibility and a work–life balance for College staff.
Emily first came to the College after finishing school to study Law, Sociology and Child Psychology. It was then that Emily says she found her passion for learning, realising that there was a whole host of opportunities waiting for students and that you could be anything you want to be, if you apply yourself. She subsequently returned twice more as an adult learner to study for a Level 2, 3 and 4 qualification.
After finishing her studies, Emily worked for Halifax as a customer adviser and at Tesco as a file maintenance controller, before beginning her career with the College in 2009 as an executive personal assistant. During 2010 Emily gained her teaching qualification and TAQA Assessor Award. Over the past 10 years she has held roles of Executive Administration Corporate Events Officer and PA, College Administration Manager, College Support Services Manager, Head of Campus Operations, and now Assistant Principal. During this time, she has achieved a master's of science, become a PRINCE2-registered practitioner in project management, accrued many hours of CPD in relation to safeguarding, mental health and wellbeing, and, more recently, become CIPD-qualified.
Emily’s personal life is as busy as her professional one. Living in Thanet with her husband and three daughters, Emily is an advocate of healthy living and spends much of her time practising various types of yoga. She is very proud to give back to her community by sitting on a number of local safeguarding groups, as well as the Community Alcohol Partnership. Emily is also Trustee Safeguarding Governor for Dane Court and King Ethelbert schools.