Dr Antony Edkins
A highly experienced educationalist, Dr Edkins has built his reputation through transformative leadership of schools; in particular leading schools in challenging contexts towards stability and success.
As a Headteacher, Dr Edkins played a pivotal role in turning around the fortunes of Falmer High School in Brighton (from 1998 to 2003) and Harrop Fold School (@HarropFold) in Salford (2004 to 2010), both of which had been placed in Special Measures by Ofsted.
At Falmer he was promoted to become the youngest state Head in the country and, with Antony Seldon, then Head of Brighton College, he pioneered partnership working between the state and independent sectors. This included collaboration between the two schools and the co-authoring of a pamphlet on the future of independent schools.
Harrop Fold had been in Special Measures for five terms when Dr Edkins was appointed in 2004 and was viewed as one of the most problematic and complex schools in the country. By the time he left the school six years later, Harrop Fold was recognised as an example of school improvement and was judged to be Good by Ofsted that same year.
In 2010 he was appointed Regional Director by United Learning Trust to lead their secondary academies in the north of England. As part of this, Dr Edkins combined heading the Trust’s Northern Challenge Partners hub with leading Manchester’s Moss Side Academy (@McrAcademy) to its highest GCSE results.
Since his appointment as Chief Executive of LFCT, Dr Edkins has worked with the Trustees and senior staff to strengthen consistency across the Trust and improve the focus on learning and raising student aspiration. In the summer of 2015, for the first time in LFCT’s history, each of the academies exceeded the DfE floor targets. Likewise, LFCT was one of the only Multi-Academy Trusts in the country in which each of its secondary academies improved their GCSE results.
At the heart of an outstanding education, Dr Edkins believes, is the responsibility of schools to help children secure the fundamentals of learning, especially those activities linked to numeracy and literacy, that will allow them to make exceptional progress, regardless of their postcode or background. He is likewise as committed to the importance of rigorous safeguarding, e-safety and prevention of radicalisation.
A Manchester United supporter and father of three, Dr Edkins lists his interests in Who’s Who as opera and jiu jitsu. He has a particular passion for researching and exploring the factors that cause people and organisations to succeed or fail.