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Trust Staffing Update


Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,

I am writing to inform you of some key changes at Bournville School and Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT).

Bournville School’s Head of Academy Nicola Gould has today stepped down to join the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership.

Mrs Gould, who has worked at Bournville School for over 20 years, was appointed Head of Academy in April 2015 and was integral to turning it into an all-through school for pupils aged 4 to 16 - helping to address a shortage of primary places in Birmingham.

Mrs Gould is much loved by pupils and staff and her hard work at Bournville School has been a real credit to her. While we’re sad to see her go, we wish Mrs Gould all the very best in her new role.

As we continue in our commitment to provide the best quality of education and opportunities possible for every single child across our family of schools, FMAT has appointed Mark Rhatigan as Interim Executive Head Teacher of both Erdington Academy and Bournville School.

Currently Head of Academy at Erdington Academy, Mr Rhatigan has developed a reputation as a leader in school improvement having previously worked as Deputy Head Teacher at The Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks, Birmingham, helping to lead it to its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in 2009.

Mr Rhatigan then became Head Teacher at The Coleshill School in Coleshill, Birmingham, in 2010 where he was instrumental in its removal from special measures. 

In September 2014 he joined FMAT and was appointed Head of Erdington Academy (formerly Kingsbury School and Sports College) in February 2015, where he oversaw the school being removed from special measures in November 2015.

His new role will begin on Monday 31st October, when Mr Rhatigan looks forward to getting to know you all at Bournville School.

After the half-term break, FMAT will also begin an internal process to appoint two Interim Associate Heads of Academy to support Mr Rhatigan.  One Associate Head will work at Bournville School, while the other will be appointed at Erdington Academy.

We are confident that, in his new role, Mr Rhatigan will enable both Bournville School and Erdington Academy to continue triumphantly on their journeys of transformation.

We understand that this may feel like an unsettling time and we want to assure you that our door is always open should you wish to raise any concerns.

Your child’s education is it at the forefront of every decision we make and we will continue to strive to provide them with a strong, innovative and creative curriculum.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Bird, CEO