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Director of Education – King Edward VI Foundation, Birmingham


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

Start date – September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

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 eleven, soon to be 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 our ongoing expansion and future plans for growth, we now seek a Director of Education to accelerate our 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.

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:

Miranda Landale, Search Consultant: / 07786 175436

Andrea Berkeley, Senior Advisor: / 07894 140 301

The deadline for receipt of applications is at 10.00am on Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Candidates should complete the RSAcademics application form electronically and email it and a covering letter, addressed to Jodh Dhesi, Chief Executive Officer, King Edward VI Foundation – as PDF files please – to RSAcademics’ Head of Operations (Leadership Appointments), Jonathan Barnes at:

Jonathan can also be reached by calling 01858 383174.

The Foundation 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.

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Key Dates

  • Closing date for applications 04 May 2021 10.00am
  • Long List Interviews via Zoom 21 May 2021
  • Short List interviews to be held at the King Edward VI Foundation Office, Birmingham 28 May 2021