Children from independent schools have been given every opportunity to fulfil their potential and succeed in life, but does this make them better job candidates and perform better throughout their careers?


Mike Curran

Mike Curran is a director at PwC and has advised clients on International corporate and personal tax for over 25 years. He has helped clients determine their strategy for cross border activities and has particular knowledge and specialism in start-up support in the UK.

Mike has assisted clients to assess their operations and agree a strategy, assessing the pros and cons relating to such actions and assisting the client in delivering an appropriate implementation plan.

Mike works closely with embassies/UKTI and various other agencies e.g. London First, Australian Board, providing support and technical materials as well as presenting at conferences on setting up businesses. Mike also edits the Doing Business in the UK guide for PwC as well as various with Doing Business Guides which aim to help entrepreneurs and business to develop their taxation strategies when entering new markets.

Adam Pettitt

Adam Pettitt , Head of Highgate since 2006, was educated in state schools in Sussex and read Modern Languages at Oxford; he is married to Barbara, also a French teacher (at Highgate), and has three children who attend the school. He has taught at Eton College, Oundle and Abingdon, and was deputy head at Norwich School.

He has overseen Highgate’s move to co-education in its three (pre-preparatory, junior and senior) schools, and its shift in admissions to the senior school from 13+ to 11+. Highgate has hit the press for its interest in pupils’ good mental health, its LBGT club and for the Head’s clash with Sir Michael Wilshaw over ‘public benefit’.

Highgate has strong and well-developed teaching partnerships with forty local state schools focusing on literacy, maths, physics and chemistry. Adam believes that parents need and enjoy reassurance that school type is much less significant than they may think and spends time trying to take as much pressure out of the frenzied admissions process as possible, often highlighting the excellent quality of his competitors’ education.

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