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EB Leadership Award - Secondary

EB Leadership Award - Secondary

Recognising inspirational school leaders whose role has led to significant and positive improvements in secondary school education by inspiring and facilitating the wider school team.

Nominated in 2024

Rod Sims - York High School, North Yorkshire
Katharine Birbalsingh - Michaela Community School, London
Neil Renton - Harrogate Grammar School, North Yorkshire

2023: Presented to James Eldon Manchester Academy

Hugely experienced in school improvement, James Eldon’s leadership skills were demonstrated by the transformation of Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe, which went from ‘inadequate’ in 2012 to ‘good’ three years later. Since taking the reins in 2018 as Principal of United Learning Trust’s Manchester Academy in Moss Side, these skills have brought numerous benefits to the local community, where strong partnerships have worked to support students to recover their education post-Covid. His ambition helps to develop pride and confidence in staff and pupils.

2023 Nominees

Matthew Burke
Headmaster - St Edward's, Cheltenham

Since being appointed as the Head at St Edward’s in 2020, Matthew has demonstrated exceptional leadership, serving as a role model for both staff and students while transforming academic life in challenging times. His roles with the Independent Schools Association, The Society of Heads and Catholic Independent Schools conference provide the school with a national presence. Engagement with local business associations has led to vital work experience and careers guidance for its students - raising standards, improving outcomes and inspiring future school leaders.

Arthur Barzey
Headteacher - Heron Hall Academy, London

Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Arthur trained in medicine before embarking on his 25 year teaching career at Woodside High School in Tottenham, North London. Since becoming head of Heron Hall in 2018, his unique leadership style and belief that the responsibility for pupils’ wellbeing should not stop at the school gates has seen the school’s intake double. In an area of high economic deprivation, grades now meet the national average. Recently named Headteacher of the Year at the Tes Awards, Arthur’s success helps those from BAME backgrounds to aspire not just to teaching, but to leadership.