Partnership Welcomes Start of a New Era

A respected multi-academy trust of seven schools in Birmingham is set to embrace a new era following a change in senior leadership. The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership – which is celebrating record-breaking exam results and increased student numbers – will bid a fond farewell to chief executive, Sir Chris Stone, who has accepted a key position working as senior vice president for GEMS Education across the United Arab Emirates. The ATLP is pleased to welcome experienced education leader Sally Taylor as part-time interim CEO. Sally is the outgoing service director of education and commissioning for Birmingham City Council and the former assistant director for Education for Oxfordshire. She will work alongside a team of senior leaders from across the ATLP to oversee the day-to-day running of the partnership. Tim Sewell, chair of the ATLP Trust Board, which supports schools and provides strategic management and leadership across the partnership, said: “The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership is going from strength to strength: outstanding schools and record-breaking results mean that more and more students are joining our schools. Just this month, two of our heads were appointed National Leaders of Education. All of this puts us in a great position to build on our success and to move forward under new leadership. “We’re delighted to welcome Sally Taylor to the partnership. She has the expertise and experience, along with our senior leaders, to lead our partnership and to help us look after our 4,500 students. Sally will work closely with Chris during the handover phase and will join us on a part-time basis until a full-time appointment is made.” Sally said: “It’s wonderful to be part of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. I’m really looking forward to working with all seven schools in such a vibrant and diverse environment. “These are exciting times, following some outstanding achievements. Across the ATLP, we can draw on the talent and experience of a dedicated team of professionals and I’m thrilled to be working with staff, governors and students to ensure we continue to make a difference where it matters most.” Sir Chris Stone has been appointed senior vice president for GEMS Education, a multinational education foundation with schools around the world. One of its aims is to train 250,000 teachers within the next 10 years in developing countries. Chris’ lifelong ambition has been to create learning opportunities to disadvantaged children in other countries. Tim said: “Chris has been instrumental in the success of the partnership over the past 15 years and in transforming all the lives of those around him. His solid foundations will enable us to keep growing, to keep on moving forward and to keep on giving children the quality education they deserve. We know that he will continue to play a vital role in education and will make a real impact on communities globally. We thank him for all his work and wish him well on his new journey.” Chris, 57, who was knighted for his services to education in 2013, was headteacher of the “world class” Arthur Terry School and then CEO of the ATLP from 2000 onwards. Under his leadership the school and the ATLP have achieved many milestones, which include becoming: the first school in Sutton Coldfield to achieve grade one judgements for both pre and post 16 education; the first group of schools to be asked to support other schools; the first Teaching Schools cohort nationally and one of only two School Centred Initial Teacher Training Centres. Sir Chris said: “Working with our schools and communities has been such an important and joyous part of my life and I am proud of everything we have achieved together. This success is testament to the quality of teaching, support staff and excellent leadership across the ATLP. “I want to thank everybody for the privileges you have afforded me. It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve you and the delightful children and staff in all our schools. “