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Lord Agnew to focus on Government role

Published on 31/08/18

Founding chairman Lord Theodore Agnew has decided to step down as a trustee and member of the Inspiration Trust.

Lord Agnew was instrumental in setting up the Trust in August 2012 and served as its chairman until September 2017, when he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System.

He was knighted in 2015 in recognition of his public service and contribution to education.

Lord Agnew's substantial workload and responsibilities within the Department for Education have meant that he has been unable to give as much attention to the Trust as he would prefer. Having considered it carefully over the summer, he has decided to step down ready for the start of the new academic year.

Chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "We could not have started the Trust without Lord Agnew. His passion for education, his organisational acumen, and his steel in challenging the status quo were all essential in establishing the Trust as a pioneering family of academies.

"From a single school in Great Yarmouth we have become a family of 13 schools across the region, twice been ranked the top comprehensive schools group in the country for pupil progress to GCSE, and taken many schools from special measures to Good and Outstanding Ofsted reports. 

"He has given selflessly of his time and thousands of children in our region have benefitted from his leadership. It is a real shame to lose him from the Trust, but it is some comfort to know that schools across the country will continue to benefit from his zeal and earnest desire to ensure that all children receive the very best education, regardless of their background."