Improving the talent and potential of all our young people

Edward May


Edward is an experienced school leader who has significant experience in school improvement having held numerous senior posts across both the primary and secondary sectors and led a number of schools as Headteacher.

He has also completed successful secondments as acting Headteacher in a number of schools in challenging circumstances. Before becoming Executive Headteacher, his most recent school achieved an ‘outstanding’ OFSTED judgement, the first in the schools history. Believing that best practice should be shared to the benefit of all, he also formed a National Teaching School and became a National Leader of Education.

Edward’s wide experience in teaching across the primary, secondary and tertiary age range over 25 years has affirmed his commitment to high quality ‘community education’. He believes passionately that every young person should experience an outstanding education throughout their entire educational careers within the communities in which they live. Together with Philip Hamilton, Edward formed the Community Academies Trust in 2012 believing that strong primary and secondary partnerships and that every young person has the potential to achieve great things are the keys to achieving the very best outcomes for all in an environment where excellence is the norm.

Edward has been a regular contributor to Educational journals, and is an award winning author (TES – School Book of the Year) and currently serves as a member of the Teacher Advisory Group for the 'Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts'.

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