Mrs Chandler-Thompson has spent twenty-five years working in leading girls’ schools.
She started her career at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in London, an all-through girls’ school where she taught History and coached Lacrosse, as well as overseeing the teaching of PSHE. After seven years she moved to North London Collegiate School (NLCS) to become Head of History and Politics, where the department achieved consistently superb examination results and numbers of girls studying History and Politics continued to grow, in part due to a rich and exciting curriculum and enrichment societies and trips.
In 2011, Mrs Chandler-Thompson became the Head of the Girls’ school as part of the founding leadership team of NLCS’s first international franchise school: NLCS Jeju in South Korea. In this role she led on the establishment of boarding throughout the school and established a strong and successful ethos for the girls’ section in this diamond-structure school which is now a leading boarding school in North East Asia and an exemplary International Baccalaureate World School.
In 2014, Mrs Chandler-Thompson returned to London to become the Head of Blackheath High School, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the leading group of 25 girls’ independent schools and academies in the UK. Since 2014, she has overseen a multi-million pound re-development of the school, led on both Sport and Diversity/Inclusion within the GDST and stewarded a growth in pupil numbers which sees the school the largest it has been in recent history. In the 2022 inspection visit by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) the school was judged to be excellent in both pupil achievement and personal development; the highest possible grading. During this time, Mrs Chandler-Thompson and her wife Emma, also welcomed the arrival of their first daughter, who is a pupil at St George’s.