Principal appointed for University school

Marking a critical step towards its  launch, the University of Birmingham  School has appointed its Principal.

Michael Roden

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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