Maud is a state-school educated graduate of the University of Cambridge, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and UCL’s Institute of Education. After reading English Literature at Clare College, Cambridge, she trained and worked as an opera singer for five years before retraining as a Secondary English teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, and then as an entrepreneur through the Centre for Entrepreneurs NEF Fast Track scheme. Maud is a current AQA Examiner, sits on the Innovation Committee for Teach First, and is in the process of completing her EMBA.
During her time on the Teach First programme, Maud served as a KCL King’s Advocate and chaired Teach First’s London East Action Network. As a KCL King’s Advocate, she won HE funding to devise and launch an educational podcast aimed at demystifying set texts for GCSE students, and as Action Network Chair, she delivered termly projects focused on raising aspirations in disadvantaged students alongside her full-time job as English Teacher and Head of Literacy.
Maud came out of the classroom in 2018 to start Adapt, an award-winning app which instantly builds comprehensive GCSE and A-Level revision timetables by combining an intelligent planning algorithm with teacher-written topics. Adapt went straight to No. 1 on the Education App Store at launch, and has grown to over 250,000 happy users in just over a year. It has been endorsed by PiXL, GEMS and GCSEPod, and featured prominently on the front page of Apple’s App Store.
Despite having left the classroom, Maud remains firmly committed to Teach First’s mission to narrow the gap in educational inequality. She is a thought leader on the impact of organisation on vulnerable students, speaking on the topic at national education conferences and blogging about it online, and her decision to found Adapt was driven by her ongoing commitment to making education fairer from beyond the classroom; the reason Adapt is, and always will be, free for all students.