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Online School Leadership Team

Online School Leadership: Great companies are built by talented people who are passionate about the vision and direction of the organisation and markets in which they operate. At SHS we are delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Temple as we expand our Executive Leadership Team

By David McCarthy

As a fast growing EdTech company who is leading the way in online education and the shaping possibilities for teaching and learning in the Metaverse, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Ms Vanessa Temple as our Director of Early Years Education and New Projects.  Her appointment sees us expand our global executive online school leadership team. 

Vanessa is a UK qualified, seasoned educator and leader with over 30 years’ experience in a range of international school settings. With a focus on school start-ups, developing online and hybrid learning programmes and the development of curriculum and CPD, Vanessa has worked in Asia and the Middle East for a range of leading education groups.  Her appointment is a significant moment for Sophia High School as we grow our global executive online school leadership team. 


With over 1500 students attending a full year of her Early Years Online programme, the knowledge gained through this experience gives a unique perspective into meeting the needs of students, families and education providers as we move towards a truly global classroom.

In this role, Vanessa will be a driving force for shaping excellence in EYFS online education for Sophia High School, establishing us as the only full time provider to offer digital learning for children from as young as age 3. Building on her expertise in new school start ups, she will also take the lead in working with wider investors, organisations and school groups seeking to capitalise on the emerging hybrid learning model sector.

Vanessa joins the Sophia High School executive leadership team at an exciting time of global expansion as the school now has students joining the leading British Online School program from over 28 countries globally.  Unheard of within the online education Market, the SHS Executive Online School Leadership Team now share a combined 100+ years of educational leadership and teaching experiences in schools around the world.  


Melissa McBride, David McCarthy, and Vanessa Temple are inspirational school leaders who have supported thousands of students and their families with their educational journeys in leading independent schools in the UK and International British curriculum schools in the Middle East and Asia.  Together with Sophia High School Assistant Head, Jennifer Callaway, they are redefining online education opportunities for families and for children as they continue to pioneer best practices in online learning for children from the Early Years (Age 4) through to Key Stage 3 (Age 14.)


Online School Leadership Team

Meet our Executive Online School Leadership Team and Director of Early Years and New Projects

Whether your family is struggling with remote learning during the pandemic or you simply want your child to reap all the benefits of online schooling, we’d love to welcome you to our global learning community.

To learn more about our leading approach join us at our next virtual open house event or schedule a call today with our Admissions Team to start your child’s journey with Sophia High School.