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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the post of Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Q3 Academies.

In 2005 my late wife and I sponsored Dartmouth High School (a Comprehensive School) in Sandwell, West Midlands to become an Academy. We were privileged to be given funding to enable the former school building to be completely demolished and the new Academy, named Q3 Academy Great Barr, to be built on the same expansive site. The Quaerere Academies Trust, was established to run the school and develop the provision of education in the area where we had both lived during our formative years. The Academy, housed in a distinctive building, was opened in April 2010. Since then, we have seen the student outcomes improve from being amongst the lowest levels in the Borough to being amongst the highest.

The success of the Trust led the Borough in 2015, to ask us to take responsibility for an entirely new Secondary school in the nearby district of Langley. This was to be built on a phased basis taking in Year 7 students each year to reach full capacity of 1,500 students in 2022. The building is currently at its final building Phase and around 1,000 students will be attending Q3 Langley this September.

Our aim has always been to provide the best possible education and life opportunities for all young people. The Trust was therefore particularly pleased to be asked would we take a school in special measures into the Q3 Family. In 2018 Q3 Academy Tipton became our third Academy. I am pleased to say that parents, students and staff at Tipton have embraced the Q3 ethos and in a short space of time we have created a vibrant educational community with high aspirations. We feel that with continued focus we can support the students to unlock their full potential.

To make a difference to the lives and the future of young people has been for me, as the Sponsor, a most satisfying experience.

The Q3 mission statement is “seek that which is good, right and true”. The “Q” is taken from the Latin Quaerere which broadly translated is “to seek after, to enquire about”. With its distinctly caring and supportive Christian ethos we seek to bring these values to students of all faiths or none.

The Trustees are now looking to the future and are exploring avenues for future growth and development. With the retirement of the present CEO it has been decided to appoint an Interim CEO who will build upon the present results and also bring strategic insight for the future. This may involve collaboration or merger with an Academy Group that shares our vision.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader looking for a short-term position.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely


Eric Payne
Sponsor and Trustee Q3 Academies