Margaret’s early education was in a small rural primary school, followed by seven years at a maintained girls’ grammar school in Essex. She was the first in her family to enter Higher Education, reading Physics at Southampton University. After completing her PGCE, also at Southampton, she became a teacher, based in two Hampshire comprehensive schools, with ten years as an Academic Deputy Head. After twenty years of teaching Margaret returned to Southampton University to study for a Master’s degree in Institutional and Professional Development.
Following her time in the maintained sector, Margaret joined Alleyn's School, an independent HMC School in Dulwich, where she spent seven years, including three as Assistant Head (Director of Studies). Her last seven years of teaching were spent at King's College School, Wimbledon, as Principal Deputy. At King's she saw first-hand how valuable independent state school partnerships (ISSPs) can be for all schools, pupils and teachers involved. Margaret is now a student once again, this time at KCL, studying for a PhD – investigating ISSPs; their worth and how they are enacted.