Malcolm Trobe

Policy Director

Malcolm was educated at Ashington Grammar School, Northumberland and Leicester University, where he graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Chemistry and Mathematics. He also took his PGCE qualification at Leicester before starting his teaching career in a large boys’ bilateral school in Basingstoke. He has taught in schools in Hampshire, Dudley and Wiltshire. He has held a number of posts in schools including Head of Science, Head of Upper School and Deputy Headteacher. He was for five years the TVEI (Technical and Vocational Educational Initiative) Director for Dudley MBC and for the last fifteen years has been Headteacher of Malmesbury School in Wiltshire.

Malmesbury School is a specialist 11-18 mixed comprehensive school for science and the performing arts. The school has 1200 students and serves a designated area of 100 square miles in the north of Wiltshire. Malmesbury School was part of a second phase PFI project that led to the school moving into new purpose built accommodation at Easter 2002. Malcolm has co-written two books on PFI projects and facilities management in schools.

In 1996 Malcolm became a member of the national council of the Secondary Heads Association, SHA, (now re-named the Association of School and College Leaders, ASCL). He has served as Chair of their Funding, Pay and Conditions Committee and as Honorary Secretary. Malcolm was ASCL President for 2006-07.

He has co-written the association’s books on PFI Schools and Facilities Management. Malcolm also has significant experience in curriculum development and assessment having been a Chief Examiner at both ‘O’ level and GCSE. He has served on the science committees of both the School Examinations Council (SEC) and the School Examinations and Assessment Council (SEAC) and was the Vice Chair of the National Rates Advisory Group (NRAG) of the Learning and Skills Council.

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