Lauren is the Principal of Compass School Southwark, a secondary free school in central London, which opened in September 2013. Lauren has led the school as it has grown from 41 to almost 200 students, moved the school between three temporary buildings, and quadrupled the size of the school staff.
Lauren is passionate about providing an outstanding education, in its broadest sense, to the students of the local community that she serves. Lauren participated in the Teach First programme and has experience of teaching and leadership in a range of schools, including comprehensive, grammar and international.
Prior to joining Compass School, Ms Thorpe was the Research and Corporate Partnership Director of the independent centre think tank, Reform, located in Westminster, where she led on research and policy ideas covering the education sector, business environment and infrastructure. Earlier in her career, Ms Thorpe spent over two years in banking, where she held the position of Equity Research Associate at Citigroup, covering the pan-European utilities sector.
Ms Thorpe holds a master’s degree in ICT in Education from the Institute of Education, University of London, and an undergraduate honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Durham.