Michael Roden

School of Education
Principal, University Training School

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Michael is a highly experienced school leader who has been appointed as the first Principal of the University of Birmingham School – the country’s first secondary ‘University Training School’ which will open in September 2015. The School aims to transform lives by creating a learning community that will maximise the personal and academic achievement of all of its pupils. It seeks to bring pupils together from different social and cultural backgrounds, with different abilities, to create an environment that reflects the diversity of Birmingham and provides opportunities for everyone to excel.

Michael will be based in the School of Education from April 2014 in order to prepare for the opening of the new school.


  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – University of Manchester 
  • BSc (Hons) Geography – University of Manchester


  • Teacher of Geography – King Edward’s School, Birmingham (1982-90). Housemaster and Head of Rugby 1st XV Coach – organised the first international tour to British Columbia in 1990.
  • Head of Geography – Bristol Grammar School (1990-95). 1st XV Rugby Assistant Coach. Involved in the organisation of rugby tours to Canada and Zimbabwe and expedition to Borneo. Organiser of several water sports holidays to the Ardeche Mediterranean. A Level Examiner. 
  • Deputy Head (Curriculum) – King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys (1995-2003). U12 XV Rugby Coach. Responsible for the leadership and development of the use of ICT in School Management and to support the further development of Teaching and Learning pedagogy. Accompanying rugby tours to Carlisle and Ireland, ski trips to Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada and the USA. 
  • Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) – King Edward’s School, Birmingham (2003-08). Geography Teacher, Assistant 1st XV Rugby Coach – accompanied tours to South Africa, Singapore/Australia and Dubai. Ski trips to Austria and the USA. 
  • Headmaster – King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys (2008-14). Rated Outstanding in the 2009 Ofsted Inspection. The school was ranked second at A Level (% A*) and fifth at GCSE (% A*?A) in the country by the Times Newspaper in 2014. Top 20% of schools at GCSE for progress (Key Stage 2 to GCSE) and top 5% for attainment. U12 XV Rugby Coach. Ski trips to Italy France and Switzerland. Rugby tours to the Lake District and Ireland. Member of the inaugural Birmingham Education Partnership Committee. Presenter at the Grammar School Head’s Association Annual Conference in 2013. Vice-Chair of the Yardley Educational Foundation (2008-14).

Other activities

  • Member of the Marston Lakes Golf Club. Secretary (2004-09) Captain of the Club 2006. 
  • He has completed two Marathons (2006 and 2008) for charity before an injury terminated his running. 
  • Member of local gym.
  • Keen reader of crime fiction.