School 21 was set up in 2012 by Peter Hyman, Ed Fidoe and Oli De Botton and represents a teacher-led movement to provide an innovative school in an area of high deprivation.

Peter Hyman is the Co-Director of the Big Education Trust and was School 21’s first ever Headteacher when it was founded in 2012. Peter is passionate about finding new ways of preparing young people for the fast-paced world they will be entering. He was formerly a deputy head at a secondary school in Southall in West London. Prior to that he was a political strategist to the Prime Minister. He left 10 Downing Street to become a teaching assistant, then trained as a history teacher before working to become a headteacher. He is author of 1 out of 10, From Downing Street Vision to classroom reality and has written regularly for national newspapers

Oli de Botton worked as a government education adviser in the UK and around the World, specialising in teacher development and curriculum. He is an English teacher and was a member of the first cohort of Teach First teachers in 2003. Oli is currently the Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company after holding the Executive Headteacher role at School 21 until February 2021.

Ed Fidoe is the co-founder of School 21, and is now working to create a new, innovative institution in the Higher Education sector.  
After leaving McKinsey in 2010 to start School 21 Ed has also advised leaders at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, ARK Schools, Teach First, and Eton College. He is also the co-founder of EDSPACE, a co-working space for innovative education companies. Previously he was a theatre producer.