Carole Ford was born in Glasgow but grew up in Eaglesham, a village ten miles south. She attended the village primary school, then Williamwood and Eastwood High Schools. She studied maths at Glasgow University and completed a masters degree at the University of Wisconsin, USA. Carole has had a long career in education, teaching maths and in senior management in several schools in west central Scotland. She spent fourteen years as the Head Teacher of Kilmarnock Academy.
Carole’s experience in education is extremely wide. As a research assistant she worked on a 6 to 18 maths curriculum and tutored elementary teachers. She was the Discipline Convenor at GTCS, a board member of Learning and Teaching Scotland and is a former president of School Leaders Scotland, only its second female president in a 72 year history. She is the co-author of several mathematics textbooks.
Carole has been a member of the Regulatory Committee of the Law Society of Scotland for over seven years and Her Majesty’s Commissioner for Queen Victoria School in Dunblane for five.
Carole has had a lifelong commitment to the education and well being of children and young people. She continues to teach part-time and she acts as an associate tutor for the University of Strathclyde teacher training programme. From her experience as a working mother with elderly parents, she is fully aware of the stresses on parents, families and young people, and of the impact of political decisions on them all.