Kirtsin Barnes started Ashville in 1984 in class J2 with Mrs Savage in the junior school. She left in 1993 after completing her A levels and, during that final year, she was privileged to be the first girl to become Ashville’s Head Prefect. After leaving school she took a gap year and spent some time in Romania helping to renovate an orphanage.
In 1994 Kirstin started at the University of Teesside where she studied Psychology, graduating in 1997 with a BSc Hons in Psychology. Kirstin spent a couple of years looking for the right job and, in 1999, gained a job as a psychological assistant at HMYOI Wetherby, which is a juvenile prison for young boys from the age of 15 to 18 years. She then spent the next few years progressing in her psychologist training, completing an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester.
In 2005, Kirstin completed all her training and qualified as a chartered forensic psychologist and got the job as Head of Psychology and Interventions still at HMYOI Wetherby.
Kirstin continued this work until 2010 before moving to be a non operational prison governor as Head of Resettlement working on ensuring young people were transferred back into the community successfully, with the hope that they went on to lead law abiding lives. Last year she became Head of Reducing Reoffending at Wetherby. Kirstin is also a Negotiator Adviser for all prisons in Yorkshire and Humberside and attend serious incidents such as riots, hostages, and incidents at height.
Kirstin returned to Ashville in June 2013 to speak at the OA service, which was the first time she had returned in 20 years.