Amy Portier

Leadership Coach

Amy believes in the transformative and healing nature of supportive and positive relationships. In her lively and friendly approach she enables change through intuitive challenge. Her experience as a senior leader in nursery, primary and special schools allows her to champion individuals in a compassionate way.

As a working Principal Amy understands the current pressures faced by educationalists. Her experience of working with children from 3-16, in both mainstream and special schools, has given her an understanding of how to achieve good practice in even the most complex schools.

When Amy is not championing the children in her school, or passionately coaching, she spends quality time with her family hunting down the perfect pancake! Many have been sampled.

She believes that ‘laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.’

Recent Industry Experience

Heritage Park School – School Principal


Heritage Park is a school that caters for children aged 7-16 who all have social, emotional or mental health needs. I am leading the staff team through a journey of significant and rapid improvement. Using group and 1:1 coaching I have been able to change culture and ethos to promote productivity and well-being.

Springwell Lincolnshire – Executive Vice Principal


A Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) in special measures, Springwell Lincolnshire needed sustained and supportive development. As part of the Senior School leadership team we created systems, processes and advanced teaching and learning that allowed successful Ofsted monitoring visits and sustained improvement.

Nether Edge Primary School – Assistant Headteacher


Located in a deprived inner city area, Nether Edge Primary School is an outstanding multicultural school with 98% EAL learners. I led the Foundation Stage, including a Nursery, as well developing safeguarding across the school. I implemented multi agency pilots including local council family support programmes and mental health projects alongside CAMHs.


University of Liverpool

BA Sociology and Politics, 1996–1999

Ambition Leadership, UK

National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders (NPQEL), 2018–Present


Qualified Coactive-Training Institute (CTI) Core Curriculum Coach

I specialise in coaching leaders in education and beyond. Recent clients have included:

Group Coaching for Middle Leaders
Safeguarding supervision for teams and individuals
Marketing Executive, Advertising Firm
Executive, Charity
Executive Head, Academy Trust

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