Sarah Smith

Chair of the Board

Sarah came to the Diocese in February 2015 from her post as Executive Headteacher of St John’s CE Primary School in Sparkbrook, rated ‘outstanding‘ by Ofsted, which she led successfully for eleven years.

A National Leader of Education, she has been involved in supporting schools on their journey of school improvement and has served as Chair of Birmingham Local Authority Primary Forum.

Sarah’s focus currently includes developing the Birmingham Diocesan Academies Trust, of which she is now Chair of the Board, and working on growing new church schools through the Department of Education’s Free Schools Programme. Following a recent successful bid, Sarah is currently involved in setting up a new secondary Free School in the Diocese and in the bidding process for further Free School options for the Diocese.