A pioneer, entrepreneur and commercially minded Innovator
in the world of state and independent education delivering
outstanding success by driving a quality and results
Awarded a Knighthood in the 2012 Queen’s Golden Jubilee
Birthday Honours for Services to Further Education and the
Listed in DeBretts Who’s Who. Previously DFE advisor and
• 2005 – Interim Principal led the turnaround of the Royal Forest of Dean College
• 2007 – Made history forming the rst FE College Multi Academy Trust Group
• 2007 – Formed the rst 14-19 Vocational Centre of Excellence
• 2011 – Awarded National Leader in Education (NLE) status
• 2013 – Runner up Education investor “most outstanding individual’s” award.
• 2013 – Led several outstanding and good ISI/Ofsted inspections
• 2013 – CEO of highest performing College in UK with a 94% success rate.
• 2013 – Increased revenue from c18m to c£60m with c£20m reserves.
• 2013 – Appointed CEO of GEMS Private Education Group creating new
Vision & Strategy
• 2014 – Won Education Investor “Best Education Operator” award.
• 2014 – Designed GEMS $1m Global teacher award.
• 2016 – Founded Highgate Hill House Independent school in Devon
• 2017 – Secured good Ofsted inspection across all areas in HHH school
• 2018 – Highgate Hill House School runner up for two independent school
• 2019 – Highgate school nalist for Education Investor award.
• 2020 – Highgate school at capaicity with c£2 million revenue
Jan 2016 – current: Director of Strategy, Growth, Quality and Partnerships
In 2016 he formed a new (5 – 16 years) independent school on the borders of Devon and
Cornwall. His vision was to create a school that is unique and delivers the very best
learning opportunities in the most effective and efcient way. The school is now at pupil
capacity with revenue of c£2 million.
July 2013 – 2014: Appointed CEO GEMS Education (UK & Europe)
2014 Certied Business Consultant – Institute of Independent Business (IIB)
2002 CEO Leadership Award – FEDA/AoC
1994 MA Education Management and IT – University of Reading
1985 Certicate in Education (Cert Ed) – Hudderseld University
1984 Range of Engineering Certicates/Diplomas
Prince Charles anoints Peter Birkett a Knight.