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Meet the Team

Follow the links to meet our Careers Team.

Head of Key Stage 4 and College Link

Miss Higgins Head of Key Stage 4 and College link   

Miss Higgins has been at Bower Grove School for 6 years; she has been a lead form tutor for classes in Key Stage 3 and 4 and has been a Physical Education and Personal development teacher at Bower Grove. Her responsibilities oversee Key Stage 4 and include all pastoral and safeguarding care for children in years 10 and 11. Miss Higgins developed the World beliefs curriculum and helped gain (SMSC) Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Gold certificate and currently runs our school council. Miss Higgins is part of the Kent Special Educational Trust (KsENT) Careers destination working party. Miss Higgins has previously worked in mainstream schools as a PE teacher in her early career days. 

Governor with Responsibility for Careers 

Mrs Ribbans-Opara Governor with responsibility for Careers  

Mrs Ribbans-Opara has been a Governor at Bower Grove for nearly 2 years. She is Vice Principal in charge of Curriculum, Learning and Progress at an 11-18 Comprehensive Academy in Tunbridge Wells. Mrs Ribbans-Opara is passionate about supporting young people as they find their place in society. She has worked closely with post-16 educators for a number of years and was once Assistant Principal in charge of Sixth Form at a school in Purfleet, Essex. She is happy to support in any way she can to help set every young person on a path that is tailored for them and will leave them feeling happy, successful and fulfilled wherever life takes them. 

Careers and Personal Development Lead 

Miss Hunt Careers and Personal Development Lead 

Miss Hunt has been at Bower Grove for over 5 years with responsibility for the planning, delivery and assessment of Personal Development and Careers lessons in Key Stage 3 & 4. Miss Hunt also supervises the Year 11’s on the College taster courses on a Friday morning. Prior to Bower Grove School Miss Hunt worked as a Lecturer at MidKent College and as a Youth Offending Team Officer.  

Vocational Co-Ordinator for Work Experience and Travel Training 

Miss Hassett Vocational Co-Ordinator for Work Experience and Travel Training  

Miss Hassett has worked at Bower Grove for the last year and a half as a Learning Support Assistant with year 11. She supervised the college course taster programmes and worked with pupils supporting their qualifications. Miss Hassett has recently taken over the role of Vocational Co-ordinator and is very excited to be assisting pupils with their work experience and travel training.

Transitional Co-Ordinator for Post 16 

Mrs Cooper Transitional Co-Ordinator for Post 16  

Mrs Cooper has worked for Bower Grove for 11 years. She was a form LSA for many years with Year 10 and 11 classes.  

In 2017 she took on the role of Work Experience Co-ordinator introducing many new placements for the changing cohort. Mrs Cooper has also accompanied the year 11s to college for many years and has experience of Goldwyn College, Rowhill School and Mid Kent College. In 2022 Mrs Cooper took over the Transition Co-Ordinator's post, she attends annual reviews with years 9 to 11 encouraging parents and students to visit open days at local colleges and post 16 provisions. She is here to help with any questions about post 16 and the year 11 Transition.