Kelly joined Lancing in September 2011 as Head of Girls' Games and manager of the College's Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. Prior to this she was Head of PE at St Brigid’s School in Denbigh, North Wales, whilst completing her NQT year. Kelly graduated from De Montfort University, Bedford, in 2003 with a BA in Sport and Theatre Studies, and gained her PGCE from Bangor University in 2010.
Before embarking on a career in teaching, Kelly performed in professional productions of science-based Theatre in Education shows, and various pantomimes across the UK and Ireland.
A successful and fruitful career followed in recruitment in the West End of London, before the urge to return to University to fulfil her ambition to become a teacher.
Kelly was the Assistant Housemistress of Gibbs’ from 2014–2017, and took up the post of Housemistress of Manor House in January 2018.