Executive Director – Mike Pride

Mike has overall responsibility for the Respect Collaboration of Schools, setting the strategic direction and ensuring that the schools are both financially sustainable and exhibit high levels of performance. As the Executive Director, Mike reports to the governing board and is supported by the Executive Team and School Leaders.

Mike is a practicing Ofsted Inspector and possesses significant school leadership experience, particularly in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Alternative Provisions (APs), and Special Schools. He has provided School-to-School support for numerous schools, both locally and nationally. His work within Derby City has transformed the local landscape for children with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Mike is passionate about collaborating with colleagues and developing unique methods to provide education to children who may find learning challenging.