We are delighted to announce that Gary Schlick has been appointed to be the next chief executive of Futura Learning Partnership.

Mr Schlick, who is currently our deputy chief executive and director of education, will take up the role in September following the retirement of Andrea Arlidge.

Mrs Arlidge’s career in education spans more than 40 year, including more than two decades as a school and trust leader.

Futura is responsible for more than 10,000 children aged two to 19 and around 1500 staff in our 27 schools across  the region. We are consistently praised by inspectors for the support and challenge we provide.

Mr Schlick, who has been a headteacher and executive leader in the trust for five years, including a spell as CEO of the Clevedon Learning Trust as it prepared to join forces with Futura, is  honoured to have been chosen by the Futura board to lead the organisation.

“I have been privileged to be part of the developments that have helped us become such a strong trust”.

“I strongly believe in the values and aims of Futura: to foster an environment of academic excellence, innovation, and inclusivity, where every student has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential”.

“I am continually inspired by the unswerving dedication and passion of our staff.  We are a committed team, determined to make a positive impact on the lives of our pupils and the broader community.”

Mr Schlick has worked in schools for 30 years and was head of Bedminster Down School in Bristol for ten years.

He added: “My career has been focused on making a difference to children and young people”.

“I have seen first hand the power of collaboration; the additional value to be gained being part of a trust, a family of schools.  We achieve so much more together than we ever could as a single school.

“I am eager to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the success and growth of our academy trust.”

Malcolm Broad, chairman of Futura’s board, said: “Gary Schlick has been appointed to this crucial and important role following a rigorous internal recruitment process. We are sure he will prove a worthy successor to our founding chief executive Andrea Arlidge, whose dedication to the education system in our region has made a huge impact on countless lives.”