Sue Tripp


Sue is a Trustee at ECT and currently CEO at West Lea School having previously been Headteacher and Executive Head. During her time at the school it has grown from 95 to 300 children and from one campus to three. The school was judged as outstanding in its two most recent Ofsted Inspections in December 2013 and February 2018.

A northerner by birth, after her A-Levels, Sue went to North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1974 where she gained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following this she worked for two years at GCE Switchgear Ltd in Stafford until deciding to pursue a career in teaching. Sue gained her PGCE at the Institute of Education in 1977 and took a job with VSO teaching science in Tanzania, during which she travelled all over East Africa.

When she returned to the UK, Sue taught physics in a secondary school in Southall but soon realised that her passion was working with pupils who were disadvantaged by their special educational needs and went to work in off-site centres in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets before becoming the SENDCo and later the Assistant Head (Inclusion) at a mixed secondary school in the East End, and it was here where she completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Sue is a founding trustee of the Learning for Life Charity and the Edmonton Community Partnership. She has dedicated a huge amount of her life to providing young people with the opportunities they deserve and ECT is another organisation that will do just this. ECT will ensure that all students in the London Borough of Enfield are supported as they thrive to achieve their potential.