• Leonie Hurrell Leadership Coach & Educational Trainer

    Improving Performance in People
    ‘One life, live it’




I have always aspired to be the best I can be. Coaching has enabled me to be that person.

Just like a sports coach, I am able to see your ‘performance’ outside the box. To see what you can’t see. As a coach I work in collaboration with you to shift what needs to be shifted, changed or let go of so you can perform to the best of your ability.

My own experience of coaching played a significant role in my career as a Headteacher.  As a leader, it enabled me to work more effectively, manage change, balance the demands of an intensive job with a young family and feel far more confident and happy in myself. I launched The Thinking Academy to bring the power of coaching to schools, leaders and teachers. The aim of the Thinking Academy is to improve people’s performance and for all my clients to achieve success.

I am a certified coach and member of the International Coaching Federation based in Christchurch, Dorset. I work with individuals and schools enabling them to become the best they can be. I am passionate about developing people.

All of my clients are busy, forward-thinking people who want the best for themselves and their schools.
The Thinking Academy offers an impartial perspective and trustworthy service that is cost-effective and high impact.

My clients are from all levels of education. I offer a free initial conversation to plan the best possible outcome for you, your school and your investment.


I can help you to

• Develop a sense of direction and purpose

• Successfully and confidently handle challenges

• Find solutions with greater creativity

• Create positive attitudes and behaviour patterns

• Develop better relationships and communication styles

• Work more effectively


I can help you to

• Communicate in a way that gets more of the outcomes you want

• Manage unexpected issues and challenges

• Inspire yourself and your team to move forward

• Generate ideas to increase your success

• Lead staff, and stakeholders more effectively

• Create a positive learning environment

• Develop a collaborative, reflective and progressive culture


"My self-confidence has improved greatly, my reflective practice has become more challenging and my management style has improved. Coaching allowed me the time to reflect and challenge my practice and way of thinking. I would recommend Leonie to anyone. She offers frank and open discussions within a friendly and trusting relationship. Leonie is very skilled in questioning and will challenge your viewpoint in a productive manner."
SarahSenior Teacher, Ashley Infant School
"Leonie is very friendly and constructive. Her experience and skill in managing people of all areas helps others to reflect and improve anyone's professional approach with obvious benefits to their career. I have progressed professionally in key areas which feed through to the company. I am more organised and can manage and prioritise more effectively, thanks to Leonie."
MartinCTO, The iGroup
"Leonie transformed my confidence and made me a happier, stronger person. She is very easy to talk to and have a constructive conversation with.  I would absolutely recommend Leonie for coaching as she offers a very friendly and professional coaching service"
LindsayAssociate Director, Terence O'Rourke
"The power to recreate yourself is in you"
Phumi Ngwane


Travel within 25 miles is non-chargeable. Costs for further distances can be agreed. All prices exclude VAT.
Please ask if you wish to create a tailored package to suit your needs.

£500 per client
  • Free initial consultation
  • 5 Face-to-Face sessions over 3/6 months
  • Written session notes
  • Unlimited email and telephone support
£800 per client
  • Free initial consultation
  • Personal profiling
  • 10 Face-to-Face sessions over 6/12 months
  • Written session notes
  • Unlimited email and telephone support
£650 per day
  • Free initial planning session (1 hour)
  • Training session for up to 25 delegates
  • Materials provided
  • Free follow up session (1 hour)
  • Twilight £300