New Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands

Christine QuinnCEO and Executive Principal of Ninestiles Academy Trust, Christine Quinn, has been appointed as Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands.

Christine Quinn will be responsible for overseeing the growth of academies in the region and will monitor their performance to ensure children receive the best possible education.  She is taking over from Pank Patel, building on the strong foundations that he has formed throughout the region.

Christine will start on 3 October 2016, working with Sir David Carter to shape the role and priorities of the growing numbers of academies in the region, contributing to the government’s agenda of delivering educational excellence everywhere as set out by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan.

Christine Quinn said, “I am delighted to be taking up the role of Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands.  Having worked in schools in the region for 25 years, I relish the opportunity of working with Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, and the other regional schools commissioners to improve the life chances for all pupils and students in our schools and academies.

“The richness and diversity of the West Midlands region makes the role of the regional schools commissioner in this area a particularly attractive one.  I look forward to working with schools and academies along with their leaders and governors to secure the best possible experience for students and pupils in our region.”

National Schools Commissioner Sir David Carter said, “I am delighted that Christine is joining my team of RSCs at such an exciting phase of the academies and free schools programmes.  Christine has a wealth of experience having previously served as a headteacher and more recently in her capacity as both Executive Principal and CEO of Ninestiles Academy trust.

“The West Midlands region will benefit from her vast knowledge and skills.  I look forward to working with Christine as she takes forward her role as an RSC with vigour.”

Regional schools commissioners’ (RSCs) responsibilities include:

  • taking decisions on the creation of new academies
  • monitoring their performance and improving underperforming academies
  • ensuring there is a strong supply of excellent sponsors to work with underperforming schools in the region
  • encouraging and supporting high-quality applications for new free schools.

The West Midlands commissioner works with over 700 academies and free schools in diverse areas including Birmingham, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Christine will be advised by a board of headteachers of outstanding academies or experienced educational leaders.  The board challenges and supports the work of the commissioner, bringing additional educational insight and local intelligence to decision-making.

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