Mrs Gibbons was born and brought up in Zimbabwe. After completing ‘A’ Levels, she went to South Africa to train as a teacher at the Natal College of Education in Pietermaritzburg. After four very happy years there she graduated and was posted to a tiny mine school in Northern Natal where she taught a combined class of 11 children from Foundation 1 age to Year 4 age . She says “I think that gave me four years’ experience in one!”
From there Mrs Gibbons moved to another school in Northern Natal where she taught for five years – a range of subjects, ages and sports including helping out coaching the under 10 boys cricket team.
In 1994 she returned to Zimbabwe to teach at Gateway Primary School and lecture part-time at the Gateway Teacher Training Programme until she and her husband and two boys emigrated as a family to England at the end of 2001. In September 2002 she took up a teaching post at Barrow Hills School in Witley, Surrey, as one of the Year 3 form teachers as well as Head of House. She also enjoyed producing the annual Year 3 production. In September 2010 she moved up to Kingsmead when her husband was appointed headmaster and she is now part of the Junior Department team.
When not involved with school, Mrs Gibbons loves going on holiday to the seaside, walking on the beach and swimming in the sea.