About Co-founders Kay and Val

Signpost Coaching Services’ co-founders Kay Lee Priestley and Val Lee Priestley are coaches and education professionals offering effective training and development opportunities.

Signpost Coaching Services’ co-founders Kay Lee Priestley and Val Lee Priestley are coaches and education professionals offering effective training and development opportunities.

Kay Lee Priestley

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A passionate education professional, Kay uses her skills and experience to work with leaders and professionals to build powerful learning communities with successful learning for all staff and pupils based on effective training and development opportunities. Kay established Signpost Coaching in 2013 and offers leadership team development, individual leadership coaching and workshops/courses to schools and services in the North of England.

Kay, a successful education adviser, head teacher (2 large primary schools), coach and leadership consultant, has worked in a range of educational settings and services. Her leadership has been described as providing a clear vision for school improvement which she is able to share with all colleagues to ensure maximum potential is reached by all (Ofsted 2013). With a Masters degree in Education and Management (MSc) she has developed strategies to accelerate professional development and effectiveness for teachers and students using coaching techniques which develops resilience and increases individual and collective team capacity. Kay has a coaching certificate in personal development, a certificate in the use of NLP and a Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching. 

As an educational advisor Kay has worked at a senior level for two education authorities (Leeds and Bradford). In this role she was responsible for school leadership development and training across all age phases (3 – 19 years) and curriculum development.

Val Lee Priestley

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Val has been working successfully in the field of management, training and education for over twenty years. In that time she has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted who described her leadership as a role model to others. With a Masters’ degree in Education (MEd) and a national qualification in headship (NPQH) Val was a strategic leader of a large primary school with a specific remit to work with young professionals on their leadership effectiveness and provide a lead on safeguarding and child protection. Her areas of expertise also include the learning and language development of young children and attainment and assessment analysis leading to successful learning programmes focusing on accelerating progress for all.

As an educational consultant with Signpost Coaching Services Val offers guidance and support to senior leadership teams and individual educators to help them on their journey towards outstanding leadership, teaching and learning for all. This encompasses developing a coaching culture, individual/group coaching sessions, leadership team development and the leading of courses. Val has recently been working with local universities, supporting students and their mentors in developing resilience and as a Link Tutor for teacher trainees. She also has a certificate from St John's Ambulance in Mental Health First Aid and a certificate in NLP.

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