ABOUT US

Hi, I’m Adrienne – a health and wellbeing consultant for schools. I work alongside school leaders and their staff to build and embed a tailored ‘Staff Wellbeing Action Plan’. Their plan will nurture a positive school environment and address teacher burnout, so that they can improve school outcomes and performance. 

Adrienne Hornby sitting at desk typing on laptop smiling

My Mission

To support leaders, teachers and school staff to work together and put staff health and wellbeing at the top of their school's priority list. With a focus on people AND pedagogy, it's my aim to help school staff thrive in both their professional and personal lives, going on to contribute to a positive school culture and influence student outcomes.

The Problem

The Problem

We’re all so caught up trying to achieve strategic goals that the workload creeps upon us and we don’t have the skills to manage it or balance the immense amount of stress we’re put under in our day-to-day work.

On the one hand, you have stressed-out teachers who struggle to keep up with their workload, set boundaries, and prioritise what’s important.

On the other hand, you have leaders getting so caught up in delivering results they are pushed to prioritise that they sometimes lose sight of the fact that staff aren’t faring well.

Soon, we realise that our results are unlikely to come and we begin losing our valuable resources - our people.

  • Stressed
  • Unhappy
  • Burnt Out
  • Disengaged

The Solution

We put our people first.

A holistic and integrated approach to school wellbeing seeks to address the root causes of the underlying challenges.

By first identifying exactly where the problem lies and then equipping leaders and school staff with essential skills, tools, and resources designed to support personal wellbeing and address the school’s specific needs, you can begin to build a culture that weaves wellbeing into its everyday ethos.

Take a proactive, not reactive approach to wellbeing and you will create a ripple effect that positively impacts staff wellbeing and engagement, relationships between staff, student learning outcomes, and everything in between!

My Story

I knew I was pushing my limits. In just 3 years’ time, I’d climbed from an entry-level teaching role to a position on the school leadership team. Usually, it takes at least double that time. On the outside, everyone thought I’d ‘made it’. But on the inside, I felt anything but successful.

Before my career, life had been turbulent, to say the least. I’d suffered my fair share of childhood trauma, grief and loss. Alongside chronic stress, I had ongoing gut health issues, battled with eating disorders and poor mental health.

By the time 2018 rolled around, my body had had enough. I discovered I wasn’t able to conceive naturally because of the stress-fest that was the first 30 years of my life. The writing was on the wall. I needed to take a breather before I had a full-blown meltdown.

Never one to give up, I set off on a long journey to healing myself. I read hundreds of books and studies and listened to countless podcasts. I even sought support from specialists and healers. I went on to heal my gut, my trauma, my fertility, and my ‘all-or-nothing’ mindset. I couldn’t believe the incredible results I was seeing.

So, I became certified as a Health and Wellbeing Coach and decided to help teachers, educators and school leaders do the same. Soon, my principal was lending me out to present at other schools on ways staff could look after their personal wellbeing. Eventually, I recognised the need to do more at a school and organisational level and this evolved into my work now as a School Wellbeing Consultant.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve helped droves of private clients beat burnout and reclaim their health and with my help, Over 40 schools have used my advice and guidance to transform their cultures for the better in the last 18 months alone. Our team has also grown to a group of five hard-working staff, who are committed to working with our growing client base of schools across Australia.

Through my consulting, countless teachers, principals, and school leaders have achieved better whole-school outcomes with dedicated support inside of our Well Led Schools Partnership Program, staff and leadership development sessions and staff wellbeing survey data analysis projects

The Stats

Saying I change lives is one thing. Showing you with quantifiable results, is another.

40+

Schools have worked with us in 2022-2023 as part of our School Partnerships and Staff Wellbeing Survey & Data Analysis Projects

95%

Gave 4-5/5 star reviews for my school consulting services

6 Years

Of professional health & wellness coaching experience in schools

13 Years

Working in Education as a consultant, school leader and/or teacher

Meet the Team

Adrienne Hornby

Director & Wellbeing Consultant
School Leader and Teacher
M.Ed (Leadership), B.Ed (Primary)

Taleah Castley

Executive Assistant
Teacher
B. Ed (Primary)

Elisa DiRito

Content Manager
B.A.Psychology

Amber Woodfin

Administration Assistant

Muhammad Abdullah

Data Analyst
M.Sc. - Data Science

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Why choose me?

Let’s face the facts. There are a lot of the people out there that call themselves health and wellness consultants. Here’s why I’m different.

Walked the walk

I’m no armchair expert. I’ve been through teacher burnout myself. I’ve hit rock-bottom, turned it all around again and came out the other end stronger as a better and well-respected leader. I know what it's really like for teachers on the ground.

Actionable advice

I don’t give band-aid solutions or woo-woo treatments. My tailored approach is rooted in Positive Psychology, up-to-date educational leadership research, and advice from leading Australian wellbeing and mental health organisations.

First-hand Experience

As a school leader myself, I’ve seen first-hand the effects of poor health and wellness of teaching staff and leaders. I provide the support they need to prevent burnout & manage wellbeing that goes beyond encouraging self-care or tokenistic approaches to staff wellbeing.

5-star ratings

Providing a quality service is highly important to me. I survey the leaders and teaching staff after every school wellbeing workshop I deliver, maintaining a 5/5 star rating among 95% of participants.

From Our Clients

A snapshot of just some of the lives I’ve helped turn around.

From the blog

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