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Schools, Academy Trusts and Education Charities

Education doesn't just elevate, it ignites, amplifies and adds value to the lives of millions of children each year. We believe that placing the perfect leader in schools, academy trusts and education charities ensures that that value continues to reach the next generation.

Executive search for schools, academy trusts and education charity recruitment, tailored to your needs with expertise and care.

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We passionately believe in the work that schools, academy trusts and education charities deliver and the tangible difference that they make to the lives of every child.


The education that our partners provide inspires and empowers children and young people to change the world around them, regardless of their starting point. Perfecting recruitment strategies for schools, academy trusts, and education charities is the first step.

In the post-pandemic world, schools, academy trusts and education charities need to be agile and responsive. Your leadership, including that provided by governing bodies, needs to match both the challenges and ambitions facing your organisation and the sector.

The types of organisations that work with us are looking for strategic and transformative people with conviction, who will drive sustainability, financial stability and educational attainment. We are expert recruiters in school leadership with a track record of placing principals, trustees and governors and are keen to support the development of school governance.

We understand your challenges and know how important it is to recruit experienced and skilled people to deliver complex change management.

We’re plain-talking and transparent, and the organisations that we work with are too. They understand the value of having an open and trusted relationship.

Attracting the right talent to any leadership team or board is paramount for any organisation to succeed.

In the education sector, this is even more important.

As educational organisations, schools motivate and inspire the next generation, whilst providing vital opportunities for our current and future workforce. They are the platform for children to go forth in the world and make the best of themselves, which in turn, benefits the wider society.

The right team and/or board needs to recognise the importance of education and the impact it makes on children and students each year. It needs to be more than a job; it must be a passion.


We share a duty to protect children and young people from harm and therefore our recruitment team has undertaken safer recruitment training.

We will ensure safer recruitment practices in every stage of the recruitment process, in line with the latest KCSIE guidance, and maintain open and transparent communication that will enable us to help our clients find the most valuable people for their schools, colleges, and charities.

Organisations we work with:

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Independent schools
  • Multi-academy trusts
  • Faith schools
  • SEND specialist schools
  • Education charities

We can support you with the appointment of:

  • CEOs
  • Executive directors
  • Senior leaders
  • Non-executive directors, trustees, board or committee members

“The process from start to finish was exceptional. The professionalism and effectiveness of the whole team was faultless. The strength and quality of the field showed a depth of understanding of the brief and an extensive network of potential candidates. Eddie was timely and reliable in his communication and Drew gave a strong lead to the process on the day of the interviews. He was wise in his guidance and calm throughout. I would definitely use and recommend Peridot in the future.”

CEO of Middlesex Learning and Partnership.

Our selected track record

Executive leadership appointments

National Institute of Teaching: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Middlesex Learning Partnership: Chief Executive Officer

Whitefield Academy Trust: Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Star Academies: Director of People and Well-being

Bradford Academy: Executive Principal

School leadership appointments

Victoria Primary School: Headteacher

Nottingham Free School: Headteacher

Kirk Hallam Community School: Head of School

Birklands Primary School: Headteacher

Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology: Vice Principal

Charity leadership appointments

First Give: Director

Mathematics for Education and Industry: Chief Operating Officer

The Tutor Trust: Chief Executive Officer

Nacro: the social justice charity: Director of Education

1851 Trust: Director of Education Strategy

Harington Scheme: Chief Executive Officer

Charity non-executive appointments

School Home Support: Chair and Trustee


Action Tutoring: Fundraising Trustee

Non-executive appointments

Oasis Community Learning: Four Trustees

Stratford School Academy: Chair and Two Trustees

Abbey Multi-Academy Trust: Three Trustees

Orchard Hill College and Multi-Academy Trust: Eight Trustees

Gad’s Hill School: Chair and Three Trustees

Download our schools, academy trusts and education charities brochure

Peridot and the team do a great job. From the initial scoping conversation, through to shortlisting and interviews, there was good communication, excellent advice and a highly professional approach. The range of candidates presented to us on both occasions was impressive and we recruited excellent people to our board. The Peridot team are lovely people to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Chair of Members at Alpha Academies Trust

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