Dr Vanessa Ogden is the CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust. This family of secondary schools is committed to raising standards in challenging contexts. Mulberry School for Girls is the founding school and Vanessa continues to be its Headteacher. Under her leadership, the school has been twice judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Vanessa’s primary work is in raising attainment for young people in schools with high levels of disadvantage and in developing outstanding education for women. As a designated National Leader of Education, Vanessa has successfully supported many other schools. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education and has a doctorate specialising in education policy and school improvement.
Read some of Vanessa’s contributions to system-wide education reform below.
Sir Tim Brighouse and David Woods CBE, supported by the London Leadership Strategy, have published The Story of London Challenge - a retrospective on the development of the London Challenge.
The Challenge model has received cross-party consensus that the model forms a strong basis for school improvement. Available in hard copy and e-book versions, The Story of London Challenge includes contributions from Sir Tim Brighouse and David Woods CBE, plus chapters from Dame Susan John, Peter White, Dr Vanessa Ogden, Dr Sara Bubb and Professor Chris Husbands.
Read more about the story of London Challenge here