Lauren Thorpe

Director of Strategy, ARK Schools

Lauren is the Director of Strategy at Ark Schools. She leads on data and insights, assessment, digital strategy and the network’s approach to codifying practice and supporting school improvement.

Prior to joining Ark, Lauren was the Principal of a secondary free school in South East London, leading the school to achieve its first GOOD rating from Ofsted.

Lauren holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, a master’s degree in ICT in Education, sits on the DfE Ed Tech Advisory Board and has recently joined Ofsted as an Inspector.

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