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Katherine Ryan is Headteacher of Matthew Arnold School, Oxford. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in zoology, she has pursued a career in education.
She has been Headteacher of Matthew Arnold School since 2006 and also chairs OCL (Oxford City Learning), a partnership of secondary education providers across the City working to improve achievement and raise aspiration for all learners.
Prior to taking up the headship, Katherine was the Principal Adviser for Secondary School Improvement at Birmingham City Council. Her career includes advisory work in science education and education leadership in three Local Authoritories, as well as teaching in a range of comprehensive schools across Oxfordshire and the West Midlands. She also worked in Higher Education as Science Education Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
She brings to the role of governor at Oxford Brookes University a lifelong commitment to improving education and a particular interest in the progression to Higher Education for learners of all ages.