Mary has been a Vice Principal in a large secondary school in Oxfordshire. She has many years teaching experience in secondary schools in both the inner city and the provinces. For a short period she held a research fellowship in the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. She is especially interested in the kind of able individual, who does not conform to the traditional stereotype of high ability, who will not necessarily go on to higher education, eg, able entrepreneurs or students with autistic spectrum disorders. She has been involved in a number of mentoring projects to provide support for able students.