Joanna Ebner was educated at North London Collegiate School, Homerton College, Cambridge University and the Institute of Education, London.
She has taught in a variety of primary and secondary schools, both state and independent. A mother of three grown up children, Jo trained as a School Counsellor when they were small, at City University, The Tavistock Clinic and the Institute of Family Therapy.
She co-wrote “Counselling in Schools” as well as a number of journal articles. As her children grew older, Jo returned to teaching and was appointed Deputy Head at The Hall School in Hampstead. She completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship and in 2006 was appointed Headmistress of the Royal School, Hampstead, an all through girls’ day and boarding school, where she turned around a relatively unknown school earning particular praise for exceptional pastoral care.
Jo was appointed to her second headship at Thomas’s Kensington in September 2012.
Since arriving at Thomas’s, with her aim to drive forward excellence in all areas, the school has been awarded a number of accolades including the Gold Artsmark, the International School Award and the Values Based Education Award. Jo firmly believes that the pastoral side of the school needs to work hand in hand with the academic and has introduced Mindfulness across the school, ensuring that staff, parents and pupils are all offered opportunities to participate in this. Jo established a bespoke MA for staff across all the four Thomas’s Schools under the auspices of Roehampton University earning the Professional Development Gold Quality Mark. The teachers’ evidence based research informs our practice.
An associate member of the Girls’ Schools Association, Jo was a member of the founding panel of expert advisers on mydaughter.co.uk and a contributor to the GSA’s publication “Your Daughter”. Jo was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Fellowship undertaking research in University-School partnerships and has also embarked on a Doctorate in Education
Jo is a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University and is a member of The University of Roehampton's Strategic Management Board for Partnerships. She is a member of the government led Independent State School Partnership Forum and is regularly asked to contribute to the educational debate. Jo is a Governor at St Mary’s School, Ascot and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.