Respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, which runs seven schools in Birmingham and North Warwickshire, has appointed a leading educational professional as its next chief executive. National leader of education, Richard Gill, joint headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School, led a strong field of applicants from across the country, following an extensive interview process. He will take up his post on September 1.
This is a key appointment for the region and the partnership’s learning community of 4,000 students and more than 800 staff and governors. Richard will oversee the next stage of the ATLP’s development and ensure it continues to deliver quality education to its seven primary and secondary schools, Teaching School and five children’s centres across Coleshill, Erdington and Four Oaks.
I’m incredibly excited and proud about being given the opportunity to lead such a fantastic collaboration that is the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. I am fortunate to work alongside the most talented and professional headteachers you could meet; professionals who work tirelessly for the young people and families within their care and who are committed to ensuring that all of our young people are given the very best life chances.”
The 43-year-old is also the newly elected Teaching Schools Council member for the West Midlands. He also represents Sutton Coldfield on the management board of the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP). Richard will be headlining a conference in Worcestershire next month alongside national schools commissioner, Sir David Carter, and chair of the National College, Roger Pope.
Richard will take over from interim CEO Sally Taylor, who has this month been listed among the Birmingham Post’s most influential figures in education. Richard’s fellow NLE, Neil Warner, who is the strategic secondary lead for the ATLP, will become sole headteacher of the Arthur Terry School.
Richard has played a key role during the growth of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership in recent years, working very closely with former CEO Sir Chris Stone. He is passionate about the communities that the ATLP serves and works very closely with key agencies across the areas it covers – something that he is looking to grow further.
Tim Sewell, chair of the ATLP Trust Board, said:
Richard has made a significant contribution to the development of our partnership over the past six years and he stands out as a dynamic leader who will move us forward. He is an authentic and experienced educator with a strong moral purpose, who respects the communities we serve and who values the ethos of teamwork across all our academies.
“This is an exciting time for the ATLP as we continue to build on our success and embrace new opportunities to ensure that every child from birth to 18 receives the very best education possible.”
Richard joined the Arthur Terry School in 2010 as deputy headteacher, before being appointed headteacher, in a joint role with Neil Warner, in the same year. Under Richard and Neil’s leadership Arthur Terry has improved year on year in overall school performance. The outstanding academy is consistently the highest performing non-selective secondary school in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham and is placed in the Top 100 non-selective schools, according to DfE performance tables. It boasts the largest school-based sixth form in the West Midlands and maintains an enviable reputation both locally, nationally, and globally – having been praised as “world class” by former education secretary Michael Gove.
In 2011 Richard led on the successful application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and the Arthur Terry National Teaching School soon became one of only two providers, at that time, of initial teacher training – an area that is now recognised as a centre of excellence.
Last year, Richard was designated a National Leader of Education (NLE) by secretary of state for Education, Nicky Morgan, in recognition of his significant success in supporting other schools.
His achievements were also recognised when he was elected by his peers and fellow headteachers to represent the West Midlands on the Teaching Schools Council, working closely with ministers and senior civil servants on the national education agenda. Richard is passionate about this part of his work and is very proud that through close collaboration with fellow headteachers from across the region, the regional director for Ofsted, Lorna Fitzjohn, and the regional schools commissioner, Pank Patel, there is a much greater collaboration so that the West Midlands has recently been recognised as a beacon of excellence in system leadership; work that Richard is leading on.
Born in Bangor, North Wales, Richard moved to Lichfield at the age of three, where he now lives happily with his wife and three children who constantly encourage and support him in his ambition to improve education for all.
Richard has helped to shape the lives of young people in Staffordshire. After spending a year at Sir Blessed William Howard School in Stafford, Richard took up a full-time position at The Friary School, Lichfield, as a teacher of Performing Arts, progressing through the career ladder as head of year, head of alternative curriculum, before devising, coordinating and leading a vocational programme for excluded, disadvantaged and disapplied students across Lichfield and Burntwood.
During his tenure as assistant headteacher at Chase Terrace Technology College, Richard continued his partnership working with other schools in the locality and played a major role in the 14-19 agenda across Staffordshire, where his creativity and innovation played a major role in providing opportunities for more and more young people in the area.
As well as his ongoing commitment to education, Richard is passionate about music. Following on from his tuba studies at Huddersfield University, the keen musician mixed his love of music through teaching as a peripatetic music teacher and as a freelance musician, performing in a number of nationally acclaimed brass ensembles and orchestras and working as a conductor/musical director in the professional theatre.
Having committed himself to teaching, Richard became a full time teacher for Staffordshire Music Service, eventually becoming an area manager coordinating peripatetic instrumental teaching in South Staffordshire and providing a range of ensemble opportunities for local people across Codsall and Wombourne.