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Peter Birkett

 Peter Birkett
Chief Executive of the Barnfield Federation.

The Federation is made up of Barnfield College, Barnfield South and West Academies and the country’s first FE sponsored Studio School Enterprise Academy. Barnfield is a Beacon College, graded outstanding by Ofsted, an Investor in People (IiP) Champion and the World Skills Champion for the Eastern region.
In September 2007, Barnfield broke new ground by being the first Further Education College in the country to sponsor two significantly underperforming secondary schools, create academies and form a federation. In under three academic years, GCSE results have more than tripled in both academies and from a position of special measures, they are now judged as ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’ by Ofsted. These are the highest results achieved in the history of these schools.
In order to further develop and expand the Federation a new Barnfield Trust model has been created.
Pete, at a national level, is a YPLA Board member and chair of the YPLA Organisational Development and Remuneration Committee, chair of the SSAT FE Principals’ Academy Sponsorship Group and a SSAT Advisory Board member.


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