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Andy Bird

CEO, Fairfax Academy

Andy Bird is the Founder and CEO of Fairfax Multi Academy Trust (FMAT), which was established in July 2014.

FMAT believes that education is the bedrock for a successful and fulfilling life and it is the Trust’s aim to prepare and equip each and every one of its students with the skills to succeed in the 21st Century. It works tirelessly to develop and deliver a strong, innovative and creative curriculum across its schools, while emphasis is placed on mastering the basics of reading, writing and maths.

At the heart of the Trust is its five core values – excellence, dedication, ambition, integrity, and tradition. The Trust currently sponsors four Academies in Birmingham – Fairfax Academy, Bournville School, Erdington Academy and Smith’s Wood, and it has a growing a reputation for helping struggling schools.

Prior to becoming CEO at FMAT, Andy was Head Teacher at Fairfax Academy from January 2012 until July 2014, where his drive for school improvement saw the Academy achieve record-breaking GCSE results in the 2012/13 academic year.

Previously, Andy was Deputy Head Teacher at Cannock Chase High School, Vice Principal at Q3 Academy in Great Barr and Assistant Principal at The de Ferrers Academy in Staffordshire. Andy has been involved in a number of significant education programmes, including being part of the Innovation Unit, which was established by the Government’s former Department for Education and Skills in 2002 as part of the White Paper ‘Schools – Achieving Success’ which followed the Education Act 2002. He was also involved with the Schools, Students and Teachers network’s ‘Personalising Learning’ work in conjunction with Professor David Hargreaves.