Susan Jackson MA has over 30 years experience in education. She was a teacher, administrator, and three times School Principal (UK, Argentina, France), before establishing her consultancy.
Susan has been a UK Ofsted Inspector of Schools for 15 years, and a Lead Inspector of Free Schools, Studio Schools, University Technical Colleges (UTC) and Academy conversions. She was selected by the British Cabinet Office for appointment to Public Bodies in 1992 and by the Department for Education for service on public bodies in 1993. For over 25 years Susan has been an Examiner for the IB (International Baccalaureate). She has been a research fellow at the University of Bristol and was chosen to lead the Independent / International Schools’ Initiative at the National Development Centre for Educational Management and Policy.
Susan is a Governor of an “outstanding” (OFSTED) State school in London, and of an “excellent” (ISI) girls’ independent school in Harrogate. She sits on the Management Committee of Caius House, the charitable mission established by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
“Susan has a wealth of hands-on experience of leading independent and international schools; she is very well aware of the all the issues that might arise in day to day operation as well as strategic challenges. She knows the educational world inside out and has very strong connections. She has a very principled approach and real integrity. She is very client-focussed but is not afraid to say when she thinks a decision is ill-founded or misconceived. She clearly loves what she does … and has huge drive and energy for her work.”
Former Legal Director, Girls’ Day School Trust, UK/CEO Independent School Inspectorate (ISI)
“Susan provided outstanding support to the Drapers’ Academy project over two years from initial stages to opening. She has huge experience in education. This linked to her exceptionally wide knowledge of process as well as an imaginative and can-do style of project management were key factors in enabling the Academy to open on time with the basic elements in place for success. We were most fortunate to have her advice and help throughout the early stages of this exciting but challenging project”.
(Major General) Adrian Lyons CBE
Chair of Governors (and Past Master Draper)