The new senior leadership team at the University of Birmingham School was unveiled at the final Sixth Form open evening on Friday 16 January 2015.
Prospective sixth formers who attend the event were among the first to meet the team who will work with the Principal, Michael Roden, from the School’s opening in September this year.
The new senior team have been hand-picked by Mr Roden from over 80 applications to lead the pioneering School and embed links with the University into the School’s curriculum from day one.
They include Senior Vice-Principal and Director of Character Education Rebecca Tigue, who will join the team in September from Swanshurst School in Kings Heath where she is currently Deputy Headteacher. One unique feature to the School is that all Sixth Formers will follow a programme of character education devised especially for them by the University’s Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and Mrs Tigue will head up the programme within the School.
In April this year, Frances Child will join Mr Roden and his team as Vice-Principal and Director of Teaching and Learning and Initial Teacher Education. She is currently Deputy Headteacher and Director of Initial Teacher Training at the King Edward’s Consortium.
As the first secondary University Training School in the country, the School will have a higher than normal teacher to student ratio. Following the model of teaching hospitals, trainee teachers will work closely alongside experienced, highly qualified and outstanding practitioners to learn their craft and increase the resources available to support students. Ms Child will work in close consultation with the University of Birmingham’s School of Education to embed this programme into the School.
Also joining the School in September will be Kate Campbell, Assistant Vice-Principal – Progress and Delivery and SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator). Ms Campbell is currently the SENCO at New College in Worcester which is an 11-19 residential specialist school for pupils with visual impairment.
Mr Roden said: “I am delighted with the appointments we have made, and look forward to working with this exceptional senior leadership team to deliver the distinctive vision of our pioneering School for the children of Birmingham.
“With these appointments and the continued development of the physical School building, the University if Birmingham School is really taking shape and coming to life before our eyes. I look forward to recruiting the rest of my team over the coming weeks – and of course, to welcoming our first pupils before very long.”