• Transforming Lives
  • A new school for Birmingham


It is a great privilege to have been appointed as the first Principal of the University of Birmingham School and I hope that you will be as excited as I am about our future as you find out more about our plans.

I was the first in our family to go University and, inspired by my own wonderful teachers, I have enjoyed a long career in some of the country’s best schools. I always said it would have to be something really special to make me move – and this school is just that.

I can’t wait to welcome our first cohorts of Year 7 pupils, Sixth Form students and teachers because together we will be creating history. We will define how we want to learn together, what activities we want to do, and how we establish a friendly and caring community for all those who follow us.

Yet this is no experiment. We have the opportunity to be creative and to look afresh at what makes an outstanding school, but our main priority is to ensure that every single child achieves their full potential. To achieve this, I intend to recruit outstanding teachers over the next few months. Once the school opens, each of them will be supported by bright, well-qualified trainees and benefit from collaboration with leading academics and the use of facilities at the University of Birmingham.

There is nothing more important than your education and we take that responsibility seriously. If you have questions, please ask. If you would like to join us, we will be delighted to welcome you in 2015 and beyond.

Mike Roden
Principal, University of Birmingham School


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