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Appendix 4: Candidate’s CV

Dame Rachel de Souza

Current Roles

Chief Executive, Inspiration Trust

The Inspiration Trust is a family of 14 schools spanning nursery to sixth form across Norfolk and Suffolk. It has twice been ranked the country’s best comprehensive schools group for progress to GCSE.

Trustee, Ambition Institute

Board member of the education training and development charity.

Previous Experience

Independent member, Education Honours Committee

Advisor to the Cabinet Office on the award of official UK honours within the education sector.

Trustee, Shakespeare’s Globe

Board member of the acclaimed Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Member, East of England Head Teachers’ Board

Advisor to the Regional Schools Commissioner on oversight of and major changes at schools across the region. Advised and coached a wide range of schools and academy trusts on academic and organisational improvement.

Principal, Ormiston Victory Academy, Norwich

One of the most improved schools in Britain, since opening in 2010. Ofsted Outstanding.

Principal, Barnfield West Academy, Luton

First principal of an innovative new sponsored academy. Ranked as the most improved school or academy in the UK from opening in 2007–2010.

Deputy head teacher, Denbigh High School, Luton

Assistant head teacher, Hastingsbury Upper School, Bedford

Curriculum Leader and Director of Equality & Diversity, Luton Sixth Form College

Head of Faculty, Sir John Cass School, Tower Hamlets

Curriculum Leader (Religious Studies & Philosophy), Gosford Hill School, Oxford

Qualifications and honours




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