Marking a critical step towards its launch, the University of Birmingham School has appointed its Principal.
Michael Roden, Head of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham, will join the University School this April to prepare for its proposed opening in September 2015.
On accepting the post, he said: ‘I am delighted to be asked to lead this exciting and unique addition to the educational provision in the city.’
The school will be a free, mixed ability, co-educational state institution for students aged 11–16, with an academically selective sixth form. Located near the University’s main campus in Edgbaston it will take pupils from across Birmingham, helping meet the city’s anticipated shortfall in secondary school places.
This is a critical appointment, not just for the University but for the city,’ says Vice-Chancellor Professor David Eastwood. ‘Michael Roden has a proven track record leading one of the best schools in the country. His new challenge will be recreating this level of excellence at a school that is non-selective for pupils aged 11–16, developing an exciting and innovative sixth form provision, and establishing the school as a beacon of of excellence in teacher development.'
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