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LINK19 College Members/Directors:

Maddie Arnold-Jones (to follow)

Maddie Arnold-Jones is LINK19 College Chair of Directors. Maddie is a founding LINK19 Director, leading and supporting the strategic vision for post-19 learners working collaboratively and in partnership with all members of the Board. Maddie is currently Headteacher at Ifield School, an outstanding provider for pupils with profound, severe and complex needs. Maddie obtained Qualified Teacher Status in 2008 and an MSc in Cognition and Learning in 2013. Maddie is a trustee of the Kent Special Educational Needs Trust (KsENT) and a trustee of the Gravesham Learning Partnership (GLP). Maddie is also the Safeguarding Governor at Bower Grove School and the SEND representative for Kent's Association of Headteachers (KAH) North Area Board. Maddie is a passionate and innovative leader committed to providing the very best educational provision and outcomes for SEND learners.


Abigail Birch

Abigail is a founding LINK19 College Director.

Formerly Executive Headteacher of The Cedar Federation, comprising Ifield School and King’s Farm Primary School, Abigail obtained Qualified Teacher Status in 1993 and completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2005. Abigail was also one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (2015 to 2017).

Abigail has 26 years of expertise and skills gained through working within both special and mainstream early years to secondary education raising standards and prioritising pupils’ holistic development alongside safety and wellbeing, playing a key role as a member of the Kent Working Party to address Higher Needs Funding Eligibility for SEND pupils in mainstream schools.

Sheila Dance

Sheila was appointed as a LINK19 Director on 24 August 2022, with significant experience of the local education system and opportunities available for young people, particularly those with special educational needs.

Sheila has spent 35 years working in Kent secondary and further education and has 20 years of senior leadership experience. Sheila’s most recent two positions were Deputy Head of a local High School and Assistant Principal, North Kent College, with responsibilities for English/Maths delivery, SEN and safeguarding (Designated Safeguarding Officer).

The Rev Dr Andrew Davey

Andrew was appointed as a LINK19 Director on 24 August 2022.

By occupation, Andrew is an Anglican parish priest. Andrew is currently vicar of Christ Church, Milton-next-Gravesend. Andrew’s experience includes voluntary sector management, community development and networking, youth work, and various church organisations. Andrew’s experience also includes the development of pastoral care partnerships for those with learning and mental health needs.

Andrew is a Doctor of Theology and Ministry, (University of Sheffield, 1998) and has a BA (Hons) (University of Southampton, 1982).

Clare Stoddart


Formerly an Ifield School Governor, Clare is a founding LINK19 College Member/Director. As a parent of an adult son with learning disabilities and autism, Clare understands the challenges and obstacles endured as young adults progress in education and independent living. Clare, who has a BA (Hons) in Information Graphics, was an associate director of a multi-disciplinary design agency before running her own retail business. Clare currently works, part time, in sales and administration for Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway where her adult son is a volunteer. Thanks,

  • Ifield School
  • Ifield Smile
  • KSENT