Vanessa Ogden

Head teacher, Mulberry School for Girls

Vanessa Ogden was born in London. She read theology and religious studies at Manchester University, and then went into banking. In the early nineties she changed career, training as a teacher at the Institute of Education in London. Over the past 20 years, Ogden has improved the standard of education in dozens of London’s challenging inner-city schools and she won the Women of the Future Inspirational Educator Award in 2009.

Since 2006, Ogden has been head teacher at Mulberry School in Tower Hamlets, London’s most deprived borough. She has transformed the school into an over-subscribed beacon of education – twice rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. In June 2015 the school was chosen by Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, as the place to launch her Let Girls Learn initiative in the UK.