Director of Education – King Edward VI Foundation Birmingham


This is a unique opportunity to join this progressive and influential educational charity which educates over 10,000 students in Birmingham.

Start date – September 2022

The mission of the King Edward’s Foundation is simple: to make Birmingham the best place to be educated in the UK. Within its organisation there are currently twelve schools, educating over 10,000 students: two independent schools and six grammar school academies that are amongst the best in the country and four non-selective comprehensive academies, all of whom have added a different dimension to the Foundation and serve their local communities. Each contribute to excellence in education and, as a group, offer opportunities to the diversity of Birmingham’s communities.

As a result of the Foundation’s ongoing expansion and future plans for growth, we now seek a Director of Education to accelerate its strategies for school improvement and educational performance and development of all schools across the Academy Trust and wider Foundation.

You will be a key member of the Executive and will assume responsibility for a critical portfolio of deliverables, most notably developing our capacity, credibility and culture for successful school improvement. In addition to relevant qualifications and demonstrable senior-level experience, you will have a broad ranging knowledge and deep understanding of the MAT environment, including emerging issues, thinking and trends. Crucially, the ability to lead, whilst also working collegiately with leaders and building strong networks and partnerships, is essential. Finally, you will also need the energy, strength of purpose and resilience to drive forward change.

With a new Chief Executive Officer and ambitious Foundation Strategy now firmly in place, this is an exciting time to join the organisation and make a considerable contribution to the educational life of the city of Birmingham and of our country.

Interested candidates are invited to contact RSAcademics in the first instance, to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the consultants handling this appointment:

Michael Stephens, Head of Senior Schools Search, / 07834 520995

Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor, / 07894 140301

The deadline for receipt of applications is 10.00am on 10 November 2021

To submit your application, please upload your documents according to the instructions on the RSAcademics website. You should submit the following in PDF format:

  • A completed application form (available alongside this candidate information on the RSAcademics website)
  • A covering letter addressed to Jodh Dhesi, Chief Executive Officer, King Edward VI Foundation. The letter should explain your reasons for applying.

If you have any questions about uploading your application documents, please contact Jonathan Barnes, Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments) at Jonathan Barnes can also be reached by calling our Head Office on +44 (0)1858 383174.

The King Edward VI Foundation, Birmingham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service.

Key Dates

Preliminary interviews with Andrea Berkeley and Michael Stephens via video conferencing


Foundation schools visit & Final Shortlist Interviews at Camp Hill site