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Thrive Conference

We will be hosting the Thrive Conference on Monday 26th June.

Our Keynote speaker will be Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education. 

Marina  Gardiner Legge, the President Elect of the Girls' Schools Association and Headmistress at Oxford High School GDST, will be our speaker for the afternoon.

Both keynote speeches will be livestreamed via the link below. There are some places available to attend the conference in person. If you are interested, please contact [email protected] for further details.

In an effort to be environmentally friendly, we won't be providing stationery and we therefore ask that attendees bring their own paper/pens/device.

Dylan Wiliam

Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. 

After a first degree in mathematics and physics, and one year teaching in a private school, he taught in inner-city schools in London for seven years.

In 1984 he joined Chelsea College, University of London, which later merged with King's College London. From 1996 to 2001 he was the Dean of the School of Education at King’s, and from 2001 to 2003, Assistant Principal of the College. 

In 2003, he moved to the USA, as Senior Research Director at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. In 2006, he returned to the UK as Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, University of London. In 2010 he stood down as Deputy Director to spend more time on research and teaching.

His recent work has focused on the use of assessment to support learning (sometimes called formative assessment). He was the co-author, with Paul Black of a major review of the research evidence on formative assessment published and since then has worked with groups of teachers all over the world on developing formative assessment practices.

Marina Gardiner Legge

Born in India and schooled in North Borneo and Singapore, Marina was educated at a GSA school before going on to read English Language and Literature at Somerville College, which inspired a love of poetry that still burns brightly today. On completing her Oxford studies, she went on to work for a decade in advertising and marketing in London and Miami, before assuming the role of president at a charity based in Paris.

It wasn’t until she moved out to Hong Kong, several years later, that she discovered her passion for teaching and education, and made the decision to study for a PGCE. Moving back to the UK, certificate in hand, she joined Rutlish School as an English teacher, rising through the ranks to become Head of Year, Assistant Head and Head of Careers.

Following three years as Director of Studies at Heathfield School, Marina became Headmistress in 2016 and joined Oxford High School as Head in January 2021.

A passionate believer in the power of girls-only education to change lives, Marina has been described by those who have had the pleasure of working with her as fiercely intelligent and a very capable and caring educationalist.


Arrival and coffee
09:15 - 10:45
Keynote - Effective Formative Assessment,  Professor Dylan Wiliam (also available to delegates via livestream)
10:45 - 11:15
11:15 - 11:55
Workshop 1 - How do we prepare young people for a world we cannot imagine?
12:00 - 12:40
Workshop 2 -  How do we allow our girls to thrive beyond academic success and help their parents value this?
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch (provided)
13:45 - 14:30
Afternoon Keynote - The National Picture of Girls' Education, Marina Gardiner Legge, Headmistress of Oxford High School (also available via livestream)
14:30 - 15:15
Reflection time in Faculty teams
15:15 - 15:30
Closing remarks

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