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Lady Marie Stubbs a British educator and academic

Marie Stubbs is the phenomenally inspirational woman, portrayed by Julie Walters in a film about her amazing and hugely successful makeover of the school which fell apart after the murder of its headmaster Philip Lawrence at the school gate.

She has an original and determined approach to educating challenging children and is clear-minded about the role of schools in today's society. Her philosophy is a combination of traditional values and a more modern child-centred approach, backed up by strong leadership and effective management which can be successfully applied equally to companies and departments

Lady Marie Stubbs a British educator and academic


Marie Stubbs is the phenomenally inspirational woman, portrayed by Julie Walters in a film about her amazing and hugely successful makeover of the school which fell apart after the murder of its headmaster Philip Lawrence at the school gate.

Marie Stubbs has an original and determined approach to educating challenging children and is clear-minded about the role of schools in today’s society. Her philosophy is a combination of traditional values and a more modern child-centred approach, backed up by strong leadership and effective management which can be successfully applied equally to companies and departments

Marie Stubbs was born and brought up in Glasgow. After working in Scotland and the USA, she moved to England where her career included running a secure unit for girls in South London and the Headship of the Douay Martyrs School in Ickenham which she took to Beacon Status.

For several years she was a member of the RSA Council and the National Council for Educational Technology, and on the Board of the Teacher Training Agency.

In 1995 St George’s Roman Catholic Secondary School in Maida Vale became notorious when its Headmaster, Philip Lawrence, was murdered just outside the school gates. After the tragedy, standards plummeted as the school spiralled further into chaos and was placed on ‘Special Measures’ by Ofsted. In March 2000 it was facing permanent closure when Marie Stubbs was persuaded out of retirement to lead the task force given just four terms to turn the school around.

In her book AHEAD OF THE CLASS (£14.99 hardback, John Murray) Marie Stubbs’ absorbing day-to-day account of how the task force brought about dramatic change at St George’s. In little over a year, the combined effort of staff, students and parents transformed it, from a failing institution that had been written off, into a well-run, effective school that Ofsted praised as a national example of good practice.

In order to improve things, the task force had to revolutionise attitudes at the school. After shaking hands with every pupil personally, Marie Stubbs set out her expectations of courtesy, consideration and appearance. Children started to arrive on time and in school uniform. They walked rather than ran, and no longer chewed gum. Teachers and parents monitored the corridors showing zero tolerance of anyone infringing the new rules.

At the same time, Lady Stubbs worked quickly to create an environment in which the children felt valued. School buildings were rejuvenated, playground facilities improved, and breakfast and after-school clubs arranged. She introduced a grand Leaver’s Ball for Year 11 students at a top London hotel, persuaded Harrow Public School to let St George’s use their rugby pitches and invited influential role models such as Kevin Keegan, Ralph Fiennes, Cherie Booth QC, and Lenny Henry to come and talk to her students.

Now Marie is nationally known following the acclaimed TV film of the book starring Julie Walters as Marie. The drama attracted over 10 million viewers when it was broadcast in January 2005.

Today Marie divides her time between London and Banbury. She has three grown-up daughters and six grandchildren. She has been married to Sir William Stubbs, formerly Head of the QCA, for 40 years.

Awards include:-
Dame of St Gregory, a Papal Honour, Honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University,
Catholic Woman of the Year 2002
Nominated as Scotswoman of the Year in 2005
Member of the governing body of De Montfort university

Speech Details
Marie is a popular speaker in Universities, the NHS, the Police Service and enoys coaching and mentoring business groups and individuals.

Truly Inspirational and very Motivational

I have just returned from the most amazing conference with Marie Stubbs. She was an inspiration to many of the aspiring Heads in the audience and received nothing less than a full house of "outstanding" grades on the evaluations. Marie was able to touch the hearts of the audience and remind us of why we went into teaching - children.

She puts the children at the centre of everything and with humour told us to break down barriers to improvement by "Stop watering the rocks. Then move the rocks to another rockery!" Lady Marie had a heart warming but no nonsense approach to leadership and leads by example. She ensures we reflect on what is valuable, important and taking care of our most valuable asset - staff.

I would thoroughly recommend her. She has made a huge difference in my career and now meeting her in the flesh has inspired me even more..

Crestwood College For Business and Enterprise

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