THE 2021 TALKS PROGRAMME

4 Theatres, 100+ Speakers, Your Questions Answered

This year we introduce three NEW highly interactive spaces 

  • ISC Leadership Theatre
  • Good Schools Guide Forum
  • London Parents Forum

PLUS our keynote Scholato theatre at the front of the hall celebrates 15 years with a fresh format - the talks this year are 'in conversation' with Ed Vaizey, former Culture Secretary and independent school parent.

Read on to find out more.

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THE SCHOLATO THEATRE

Celebrating 15 years with a NEW 'in conversation' format chaired by Ed Vaizey

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For 15 years, speakers in our main education theatre have been answering your burning questions.

From discovering your child through to school applications and academic preparation, we have it covered. 

This year Ed Vaizey, former culture secretary will be keeping the speakers focussed on the questions that matter to parents.

SPOTLIGHT SCHOLATO

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Scholato Theatre

How to manage the intense competition at 11+

Scholato Keynote
Nov 13 | 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM GMT +00:00

What's going on with Pre-tests and Common Entrance? Every parent needs to be up-to-date. Bonas MacFarlane's Will Petty will discuss the latest tips, tricks and insights; Catriona Sutherland-Hawes provides the senior school perspective.

Following sessions

How to apply for bursaries and scholarships

Scholato Keynote
Nov 13 | 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM GMT +00:00

The Good Schools Guide's Camilla Smiley is a specialist in the scholarship and bursary provision offered by UK independent schools. Camilla tackles the issues of affordability and value in the fee-paying school sector and how to access the considerable financial assistance.

  • Camilla Smiley

    Camilla Smiley

    United Kingdom
    Scholarship & Bursary Consultant The Good Schools Guide
    Education expert
    Biography
    Camilla is The Good Schools Guide's specialist in the scholarship and bursary provision offered by UK independent schools. Having studied history at Oxford, Camilla joined the Teach First scheme and spent three years teaching in an inner London school, before moving into the independent… More
    Camilla is The Good Schools Guide's specialist in the scholarship and bursary provision offered by UK independent schools. Having studied history at Oxford, Camilla joined the Teach First scheme and spent three years teaching in an inner London school, before moving into the independent sector at a successful co-ed in west London for six years. Alongside teaching Camilla was providing advice to students (and their parents) preparing for entrance to day and boarding schools in London and the south east. In 2015 Camilla left teaching to do this full-time. She says 'I have always loved getting to know schools and working out what makes them tick. I listen carefully to families’ needs and work closely with them to find the kind of school environment that will allow their child to thrive. Now that I have two children of my own, I appreciate all the more how hard it is to find the right way through the jungle of options out there - so I feel very lucky to be a part of this process for others'. Less

The boarding advantage

Scholato Keynote
Nov 13 | 01:00 PM - 01:40 PM GMT +00:00

No commute, green space, activities and clubs to hand, friends on tap - urban children can benefit from a boarding education outside the city. But will it suit your child?

  • Alastair Chirnside

    Alastair Chirnside

    United Kingdom
    Warden St Edward's Oxford
    School leadership
    Biography
    Alastair was brought up in Oxford and attended the Dragon, winning a Scholarship to Eton where he later taught. He took a Congratulatory First in Classics and Modern Languages at Merton College, Oxford, where he also won a Lightweight Rowing Half Blue. Formerly Deputy Head at Harrow,… More
    Alastair was brought up in Oxford and attended the Dragon, winning a Scholarship to Eton where he later taught. He took a Congratulatory First in Classics and Modern Languages at Merton College, Oxford, where he also won a Lightweight Rowing Half Blue. Formerly Deputy Head at Harrow, Alastair became Warden of St Edward’s on 1st September. He says: ‘There has never been a more exciting time to join St Edward’s. There is the strength of the community, grounded in a spirit of inclusion and built on an ethos of collaboration. There is the range of opportunity, from the choices in the Sixth Form to the depth of the co-curriculum. There is a vision for modern boarding which both mirrors life at home and allows time for pupils to be at home. There is momentum in examination results, in ideas and in admissions’. Alastair adds ‘It is an honour for me to have been appointed Warden of St Edward’s and to have the chance to build on the achievements of the last ten years. My philosophy of education aligns with the excellent developments put in place at the School by my predecessors. There must be opportunity for all to take part and for all to excel. Children’s happiness and their ability to recognise what will make them happy are more important than anything else. Teachers need not only to impart knowledge and to teach skills, but also to allow children to be themselves. Education is a profoundly personal enterprise, founded on good relationships and most successful when teachers and pupils can chart their own course. That philosophy has driven St Edward’s recent success and it will provide the foundation for the School’s future – a future which I hope we will share in Oxford.’ Alastair and his wife Zannah have two daughters. Less
  • Henry Price

    Henry Price

    United Kingdom
    Headmaster Oakham School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Mr Henry Price MA (Oxon) became Headmaster of Oakham School in September 2019, having previously been Headmaster for five years at Wellington School in Somerset. Henry studied Classics at New College, Oxford University, before spending two years as an Oxford Classics Fellow at Sydney… More
    Mr Henry Price MA (Oxon) became Headmaster of Oakham School in September 2019, having previously been Headmaster for five years at Wellington School in Somerset. Henry studied Classics at New College, Oxford University, before spending two years as an Oxford Classics Fellow at Sydney Grammar School. On his return to the UK, Henry taught Classics at Sherborne School, where he also coached the 2nd XI cricket and 1st XV rugby teams. He then moved to Rugby School, where he was Head of Classics, a Housemaster and latterly Senior Housemaster. Having spent 25 years in the boarding sector, Henry is a firm believer in the value of boarding and is passionate about making school years precious, joyful and transformative for each individual child. Henry is also a strong advocate of co-education, recognising the importance of thoroughly preparing pupils to thrive beyond their time at Oakham School and contribute effectively to the communities in which they live and work. Henry is married to Mary, and they have four school-aged children. Less
  • Phillip Evitt

    Phillip Evitt

    United Kingdom
    Headmaster Highfield School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Phillip Evitt is the Headmaster of Highfield School. Highfield School is one of the leading co-educational boarding and day prep schools in the country and is situated in 175 acres of stunning grounds on the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. Educated at Gonville and Caius… More
    Phillip Evitt is the Headmaster of Highfield School. Highfield School is one of the leading co-educational boarding and day prep schools in the country and is situated in 175 acres of stunning grounds on the borders of Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. Educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he previously taught at Monmouth School and Dulwich College, where he was Head of History. Since joining Highfield in 1999, Phillip has established strong relationships with the leading independent senior schools which has resulted in a flawless track record for entrance to his pupils’ first-choice schools Less
  • Emma Goldsmith

    Emma Goldsmith

    United Kingdom
    Head Dragon School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Emma Goldsmith is the new Head of Dragon School in Oxford. She is the twelfth person to lead this renowned co-educational Prep School since it was founded in 1877 and the first female to do so. Emma joined the Dragon after a successful few years as Head of Winchester House Prep. Emma… More
    Emma Goldsmith is the new Head of Dragon School in Oxford. She is the twelfth person to lead this renowned co-educational Prep School since it was founded in 1877 and the first female to do so. Emma joined the Dragon after a successful few years as Head of Winchester House Prep. Emma taught at Oakham and Rugby Schools and went on to become Deputy Head at Bloxham School where she also worked as Housemistress, setting up the first girls’ boarding house. Educated at Durham Johnston Comprehensive before reading English at the University of Manchester, Emma is enthusiastically involved with the Boarding Schools’ Association and IAPS, is an active ISI inspector and Vice Chair of ISEB. Less

Relocation, relocation, relocation - a country or city childhood??

Scholato Keynote
Nov 13 | 02:00 PM - 02:40 PM GMT +00:00

Move or stay put? Our panel of parents brings together families who have relocated from London or decided to stay put. They are joined by Hero Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Muddy Stilettos and relocation guru. The panel will discuss the thinking behind each family's choices to help you decide where yours would thrive best.

  • Hero Brown

    Hero Brown

    United Kingdom
    Founder, Editor-in-Chief Muddy Stilettos
    Journalist
    Biography
    Hero Brown is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Muddy Stilettos, the ‘urban guide to the countryside’ and the UK’s No1 women’s lifestyle website outside London, with 1m users each month. “Muddy” has fast become the trusted guide for smart, cosmopolitan women looking to make the… More
    Hero Brown is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Muddy Stilettos, the ‘urban guide to the countryside’ and the UK’s No1 women’s lifestyle website outside London, with 1m users each month. “Muddy” has fast become the trusted guide for smart, cosmopolitan women looking to make the most of their and their families’ precious time. Combining a witty tone with warmly engaging editorial, Muddy curates and makes trusted recommendations on Things to do, Art & Culture, Kids, Home, Eat & Drink, Travel and Fashion for its fun-loving ABC1 readers. Encompassing the Muddy Stilettos School Guide with 300+ up-to-date online School Reviews, Hero and her team of editors give the inside line on the best independent schools across England and Wales, each visited annually. The reviews are highly trusted and provide genuine insights into each school, with informal, insightful advice from Hero and her team of ‘in county’ editors who are all respected national journalists, as well as mums. Hero’s own educational background means she has vast experience to call on in her school reviews – she attended a local state primary school before moving to an independent senior school and from there taking up a place at Oxford University to read English. As a parent, she has over 10 years’ experience of both private and grammar school education. Coupled with Muddy’s recently launched Top 200 Best Places to Live 2022 outside London, and the annual Muddy Stilettos Awards supporting local independent businesses, Muddy Stilettos is essential reading for any parent living in or looking to move out of London. A top national journalist with over 25 years’ experience with the broadsheets and glossy magazines, Hero has been Editor of the Independent on Sunday magazine, Deputy Editor of Red magazine and a freelance features writer for Elle, Marie Claire, The Telegraph and The Times. In 2019, Hero was named as one of the UK’s ‘50 Most Inspiring Women in the UK’ by the Daily Mail as well as being listed in PR Week’s Power Book. In 2020 Muddy Stilettos was named as one of the Top 20 NextGen UK media brands. In 2021, Hero appeared on Channel 4 as an expert on The Hotel Inspector with Alex Polizzi. Muddy Stilettos began life at Hero’s kitchen table after she moved out of London, fuelled by a desire to discover the local area’s bests kept secrets. A huge part of Muddy’s success can be attributed to Hero’s unique ability to talk directly, intimately, honestly and with humour to readers at a local level. She is passionate about supporting and promoting the most unique, exciting local businesses, both on the site as well as through the prestigious Muddy Stilettos Awards, Hero lives in Buckinghamshire with her three children and the least-friendly cat in the Home Counties. Less

Change is good? How to identify if a school move would help your child

Scholato Keynote
Nov 13 | 03:00 PM - 03:40 PM GMT +00:00

Changes of school at 7 and 11 or 13 were a standard rite of passage for most children. Now with many schools going right through, parents have to decide whether 14 plus years in one school is a good idea for their child.

  • Ben Evans

    Ben Evans

    United Kingdom
    Head Windlesham House School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Ben Evans takes up the headship of Windlesham House School this September. Founded in 1837, Windlesham was one of the first prep schools in the UK and the first to go co-ed. Windlesham children have that rare combination of excellence, happiness and aplomb. We believe that children only… More
    Ben Evans takes up the headship of Windlesham House School this September. Founded in 1837, Windlesham was one of the first prep schools in the UK and the first to go co-ed. Windlesham children have that rare combination of excellence, happiness and aplomb. We believe that children only truly achieve if they are happy in their environment. This permeates the school with a big emphasis on pastoral care, making sure the school becomes a genuine ‘home from home’. Devonshire born and bred, Ben Evans spent a large part of his childhood on Dartmoor where his mother now breeds Dartmoor ponies. He enjoyed lots of riding across the moor and worked at a trekking centre for many years during the holidays, plus broke horses to harness – quite a dangerous occupation at times. After graduating from the University of Exeter his first appointment was at Bramdean School (3-18 independent school) where he was a resident Housemaster and Head of History. He moved on to Brighton College as Head of History and continued to coach games and swimming.He then went back to Bramdean as Deputy Head. His next move was further afield – this time to Sri Lanka to be the Deputy Head at The British School in Colombo (he was also KS2 co-ordinator and Year 5 teacher). After two years he took over as Head. He met his wife, Alexandra, whilst in Sri Lanka and they married in 2008. Their son Edward was born in 2011, followed by Thomas in 2014. Ben joined Edge Grove in 2012 and has overseen the growth of the school from 320 to 528 pupils. Ben is currently an elected Councillor for Aldenham Parish Council, a Director of the Spiral Partnership Trust (a multi-academy trust of six primary schools) and a member of the Board of Reference for St Peter’s Prep school in Devon. In his spare time he enjoys all sports, has run 4 marathons, the most recent in 2017 and 2019, and spending time with his young family. Less
  • Lucy Elphinstone

    Lucy Elphinstone

    United Kingdom
    Headmistress Francis Holland School, Sloane Square
    School leadership
    Biography
    Mrs Lucy Elphinstone, who started as Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square, in September 2012, is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and has taught in senior and prep schools throughout England and Scotland. Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in… More
    Mrs Lucy Elphinstone, who started as Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square, in September 2012, is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and has taught in senior and prep schools throughout England and Scotland. Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in publishing, property development and hospitality. As a ghost-writer, she has published six books. Her vision is to prepare young women for the challenges of the workplace in the coming decade by creating an environment which develops skills and character. Flexibility, creativity, enterprise, resilience, optimism and courage are the qualities she believes young women need to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world. Amongst many initiatives, she has brought in the Extended Project Qualification, entrepreneurial mentoring, TIPS (Thinking Innovatively and Problem-Solving) week, STEAM focus, Mindfulness, the Exploration Society and ContemPlace, a programme of early intervention in children’s mental health. She is an intrepid explorer, recently trekking in Tibet, Japan, Ethiopia and the Andes. Lucy is a trustee of the Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea and of the Mvumi Trust, a school in Tanzania. She chairs the London 11+ Consortium, was voted Tatler’s ‘Best Head of Public School’ 2021 and is known for her innovative approach to education. Less

Find the right school for your child

Scholato Keynote
Nov 13 | 04:00 PM - 04:40 PM GMT +00:00

Choosing the right school for your child is always tricky, but in the state system the choice is restricted by catchment area rules. In the independent system the choice is much broader. There are hundreds of schools to look at, so how do you find the right one for your child? Leading heads discuss how you match child to school.

  • James Wilton

    James Wilton

    United Kingdom
    Deputy Head (Admissions and Marketing) Repton School
    School leadership
    Biography
    James Wilton is Deputy Head in charge of Marketing and Admissions at Repton School. A former Head of English and Boarding Housemaster, and also a Microsoft Fellow in charge of the award winning ed-tech provision at his school, he brings a decade of varied experience and innovation to… More
    James Wilton is Deputy Head in charge of Marketing and Admissions at Repton School. A former Head of English and Boarding Housemaster, and also a Microsoft Fellow in charge of the award winning ed-tech provision at his school, he brings a decade of varied experience and innovation to bear on pupil recruitment to Repton. He believes very strongly that the UK’s top boarding schools are uniquely placed to offer an education fit for the unpredictable and doubtless complex challenges of the coming decades, and that families should unquestionably consider boarding as a magic ingredient to help their children thrive in the 21st Century. Less
  • Will Goldsmith

    Will Goldsmith

    United Kingdom
    Acting Head Bedales
    School leadership
    Biography
    Will Goldsmith has an MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He became Acting Head of Bedales in September 2021, having initially joined the school as Deputy Head (Academic). He was previously Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of English at Latymer Upper… More
    Will Goldsmith has an MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He became Acting Head of Bedales in September 2021, having initially joined the school as Deputy Head (Academic). He was previously Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of English at Latymer Upper in West London which followed teaching in state and independent schools. He says education is about empowering young people to engage with learning on a profound level that they sustain their whole life. He is passionate about diversity and works closely with students in supporting LGBTQ+ rights in school and beyond. He enjoys singing, having spent much of his life in a variety of chamber choirs; he was brought up as the child of expatriate parents in Africa, the Middle and Far East; and he speaks fluent French having lived in Paris for five years after graduating. His partner, Andrew, is also an English teacher who has been at Highgate school for over a decade and who divides his time almost equally between London and the bucolic Bedales estate. On Bedales, Will says the willingness to challenge the orthodoxies of education (without necessarily rejecting them), combined with a profoundly communitarian approach and an understanding of the importance of the natural world make it very special indeed. Less
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40+ Talks, 100+ Speakers

The Talks Timetable will help you to plan your visit.

Good Schools Guide Forum

Focus your school search with the authors and senior editors of the Good Schools Guides

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The Good Schools Guide is famous for the excellence of its school reviews.

This year, the Guide is running a Forum at the Show for parents to discuss their school choices with top GSG experts. 

Quiz the team at GSG, and focus your search with the school finding experts.

SPOTLIGHT

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Good Schools Guide Forum

Finding a good school in London (North & South)

Good Schools Guide Forum
Nov 13 | 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM GMT +00:00

London is the most competitive schools market in the world. Get your London school search questions answered by a Good Schools Guide expert.

  • Dr Millan Sachania

    Dr Millan Sachania

    United Kingdom
    Head Streatham & Clapham High School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Dr Millan Sachania has served as Head Master of Streatham & Clapham High School, GDST since 2012. A graduate and Bachelor Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge, Dr Sachania obtained Double First-Class Honours and subsequently a doctorate in musicology. He was a tutor in musicology at the… More
    Dr Millan Sachania has served as Head Master of Streatham & Clapham High School, GDST since 2012. A graduate and Bachelor Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge, Dr Sachania obtained Double First-Class Honours and subsequently a doctorate in musicology. He was a tutor in musicology at the University of Cambridge from 1993 to 1998, and then took up the appointment of Director of Music at an independent girls’ school in Windsor. In 2003, he was appointed Director of Sixth Form at a co-educational HMC independent school in north London, where later he took up the Deputy Headship. He has also been a Parry Society Lecturer at Eton College. Dr Sachania is a member of the HMC, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, a member of the UCAS Council (representing the nation’s independent schools in this forum), Co-Chairman of the HMC/GSA Universities’ Committee, Chairman of the London Region of GSA schools, a Governor of Halliford School, Shepperton, a former Trustee of the Royal Society of Musicians, and a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. A music scholar with an international profile, Dr Sachania has published widely, including authoring articles on music aesthetics and new editions (with historical and editorial commentaries) of various musical works as well as editing numerous arrangements of original music and essays, including one of the first critical studies on Godowsky’s corpus of arrangements. Less
  • Grace Moody-Stuart

    Grace Moody-Stuart

    United Kingdom
    Director The Good Schools Guide
    Education expert
    Biography
    Grace has been with The Good Schools Guide for more than 17 years, having previously been a barrister and classics teacher. She is now the Director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants. She has extensive experience of advising parents about schools and education. Grace has… More
    Grace has been with The Good Schools Guide for more than 17 years, having previously been a barrister and classics teacher. She is now the Director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants. She has extensive experience of advising parents about schools and education. Grace has visited countless schools during her time with the Guide and knows the London education scene inside out. She has a deep understanding of the pressures and anxieties that parents experience when making decisions about the education of their children and how these can be heightened as a result of the competitive London market. Education has always been a passion of Grace’s, having grown up in a boarding prep school in Sussex run by her parents as joint heads. Less
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Single sex or co-ed?

Good Schools Guide Forum
Nov 13 | 01:00 PM - 01:40 PM GMT +00:00

The South East is still dominated by single sex schools. Why? And does it matter? The forum discusses one of the oldest dilemmas faced by parents, in a Q&A led by one of the Good Schools Guide's leading experts.

  • Eve Jardine-Young

    Eve Jardine-Young

    United Kingdom
    Principal Cheltenham Ladies’ College
    School leadership
    Biography
    Eve Jardine-Young has been Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College since 2011, and has worked in education for over 25 years. She had held academic and pastoral roles in both single sex and co-educational schools, having originally studied Engineering Science at Cambridge University and… More
    Eve Jardine-Young has been Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College since 2011, and has worked in education for over 25 years. She had held academic and pastoral roles in both single sex and co-educational schools, having originally studied Engineering Science at Cambridge University and worked in industry for a time. She is Chair of the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA) and has spoken on themes relating to leadership and education in the UK, Washington, Prague and Hong Kong. She has written on leadership, careers of the future and the fourth industrial revolution, holistic education and wellbeing, and professional development within education. A Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire, she is also a trustee of the Barnwood Trust, whose work supports marginalised and vulnerable adults in leading more independent lives. Deeply committed to environmental initiatives, she has an interest in conservation, sustainability, design, social enterprise, microfinance and development economics, having been born and raised in Malawi. Less
  • Dr Dominic Luckett

    Dr Dominic Luckett

    United Kingdom
    Headmaster Sherborne School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Dominic has been Headmaster of Sherborne School since January 2016. He received a congratulatory first-class History degree from the University of Leicester before completing his doctorate at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then taught for eleven years at Harrow before moving to Worth as… More
    Dominic has been Headmaster of Sherborne School since January 2016. He received a congratulatory first-class History degree from the University of Leicester before completing his doctorate at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then taught for eleven years at Harrow before moving to Worth as Deputy Head. In 2007, he became Headmaster of Mill Hill, a co-educational day and boarding school in North London. He has published various articles on early Tudor history, is a governor of several schools and was a member of the Council of the University of Leicester between 2009 and 2018. In September 2019, he was named as the Tatler Best Head of a Public School. In 2021, as the CEO of the Sherborne Schools Group, Dominic oversaw the merger of Sherborne Prep School with Sherborne School. His interests include music, antique clocks, indoor rowing and, when time allows, skiing and paragliding. Dominic is married to Cara, a barrister specialising in clinical negligence, and they have two daughters, Charlie and Jemima. Less
  • Mary Pegler

    Mary Pegler

    United Kingdom
    Education Consultant The Good Schools Guide
    Biography
    Mary has a background as a Speech and Language Therapist, both in the NHS and private sector, with experience working in a special school for dyslexia. She has a particular sensitivity to finding the strengths and needs of the individual child. Her work takes her into a range of schools:… More
    Mary has a background as a Speech and Language Therapist, both in the NHS and private sector, with experience working in a special school for dyslexia. She has a particular sensitivity to finding the strengths and needs of the individual child. Her work takes her into a range of schools: Independent; State and Special provision; Primary; Prep and Secondary and she is familiar with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Mary says 'With three children of my own I understand the pressures on family life and how important finding the right school is. I have also lived through the agony and joy of the competitive entrance tests. Being a Good Schools Guide Education Consultant allows me to help parents at a worrying time with some practical help and reassurance. My advice about schools often involves my specialism of Special Educational Needs.' Less

Scholarships & Bursaries clinic

Good Schools Guide Forum
Nov 13 | 02:00 PM - 02:40 PM GMT +00:00

A breakout clinic for parents wanting to discuss scholarships and bursaries, and start to plan out the next steps of the journey.

  • Camilla Smiley

    Camilla Smiley

    United Kingdom
    Scholarship & Bursary Consultant The Good Schools Guide
    Education expert
    Biography
    Camilla is The Good Schools Guide's specialist in the scholarship and bursary provision offered by UK independent schools. Having studied history at Oxford, Camilla joined the Teach First scheme and spent three years teaching in an inner London school, before moving into the independent… More
    Camilla is The Good Schools Guide's specialist in the scholarship and bursary provision offered by UK independent schools. Having studied history at Oxford, Camilla joined the Teach First scheme and spent three years teaching in an inner London school, before moving into the independent sector at a successful co-ed in west London for six years. Alongside teaching Camilla was providing advice to students (and their parents) preparing for entrance to day and boarding schools in London and the south east. In 2015 Camilla left teaching to do this full-time. She says 'I have always loved getting to know schools and working out what makes them tick. I listen carefully to families’ needs and work closely with them to find the kind of school environment that will allow their child to thrive. Now that I have two children of my own, I appreciate all the more how hard it is to find the right way through the jungle of options out there - so I feel very lucky to be a part of this process for others'. Less
  • Gavin Horgan

    Gavin Horgan

    United Kingdom
    Headmaster Millfield
    School leadership
    Biography
    Since September 2018, Headmaster of Millfield Schools Gavin Horgan has sought to inspire and empower students to use their voices for change, to discover brilliance in every child and to lead staff to make Millfield the world leader for the development of children. Gavin, who has a… More
    Since September 2018, Headmaster of Millfield Schools Gavin Horgan has sought to inspire and empower students to use their voices for change, to discover brilliance in every child and to lead staff to make Millfield the world leader for the development of children. Gavin, who has a history of academic excellence with a Masters in Classics from the University of Oxford, joined Millfield from Worksop College, where he delivered academic turnaround. His earlier career included working in schools in Sri Lanka and Argentina before he returned to the UK as the Deputy Rector of the Glasgow Academy. Gavin has worked in senior management in the maintained, independent and international sectors. In his time at Millfield, Gavin’s passion for encouraging students to be disruptors for good has resulted in students taking on active roles in several school and world-wide issues. In his own words, Gavin took on the role at Millfield as the school is, ‘distinctively different and not shackled by tradition. It has the resource, the attitude and the capacity to lead the way and define education in the UK, now and in the future’. Less

SEN: choosing the right school Q&A

Good Schools Guide Forum
Nov 13 | 03:00 PM - 03:40 PM GMT +00:00

  • Sophie Irwin

    Sophie Irwin

    United Kingdom
    SEN Consultant The Good Schools Guide
    Education expert
    Biography
    Sophie has worked with The Good Schools Guide since 2000 as a writer and an education advisor for both mainstream and special educational needs. Her early career included founding and running a nursery and pre-prep school and providing 1:1 tuition for people affected by specific… More
    Sophie has worked with The Good Schools Guide since 2000 as a writer and an education advisor for both mainstream and special educational needs. Her early career included founding and running a nursery and pre-prep school and providing 1:1 tuition for people affected by specific learning difficulties and ASD. Currently she works part time as an additional support lecturer/tutor with children and adults in an FE College. She has also worked for charity helplines and been involved with research and training projects in both the statutory and voluntary sector. Sophie tells us, “My varied career has given me much experience and insight into today’s educational options and issues across all age ranges and abilities. I live in South London with my husband, two daughters and a dachshund. I enjoy the variety and flexibility of being part of The Good Schools Guide writing and consultancy team.” Less

Boarding in the 21st century

Good Schools Guide Forum
Nov 13 | 04:00 PM - 04:40 PM GMT -11:00

The days of big dorms, bare floorboards and spartan early morning swims are long gone. But boarding keeps changing. Now British boarding schools are world-beating, hugely international in outlook and recognised for the outstanding quality of their 24/7 education. But how well are they meeting the needs of UK families? Q&A with a GSG expert.

  • Janita Gray

    Janita Gray

    United Kingdom
    Senior Editor The Good Schools Guide
    Education expert
    Biography
    Janita joined The Good Schools Guide in 2008 and is now the commissioning editor; she has two children who were educated at state and independent schools and she lives in Herefordshire. After studying English literature at the University of York and a master’s at the University of… More
    Janita joined The Good Schools Guide in 2008 and is now the commissioning editor; she has two children who were educated at state and independent schools and she lives in Herefordshire. After studying English literature at the University of York and a master’s at the University of Sussex, she worked as a commissioning editor in trade publishing and the university sector for many years. Despite her busy role as part of the senior editorial team Janita loves travelling far and wide across the UK to visit and write about day and boarding schools. Her prolific review writing and being part of the editorial team gives her a great advantage in consultancy work. 'I’ve become a complete school nerd' she says, 'and love finding out about all the diverse and fascinating schools we have in the UK. What I enjoy most about being a consultant is talking to parents about their children and the challenge of helping them to find the best choice of suitable schools.’ Less
  • See the timetable for the full Good Schools Guide Forum programme.

London Parents Forum

Dividing the capital in four - North & East, Central, West and South - to help parents plan their child's education journey

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The London Parents Forum helps parents make the right education choices.

During lockdown over 2,500 parents attended our events.

NEW for 2021, the LPF is dividing the capital in four - North & East, Central, West and South - to help parents plan their child's education journey.

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London Parents Forum

Starting out in South London - choices, decisions, application, preparation

London Parents Forum
Nov 13 | 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM GMT +00:00

From Battersea to Wimbledon to Dulwich, South London has more independent schools than any other area of Britain. A leading prep school head talks about the nuts and bolts: how to choose and when to begin looking, the application process and what preparations you should make.

Following sessions

Next steps - deciding between boarding and day

London Parents Forum
Nov 13 | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM GMT +00:00

How do you choose? Senior school heads answer parents questions.

  • Caroline Townshend

    Caroline Townshend

    United Kingdom
    Head Eaton Square Senior
    School leadership
    Biography
    Caroline joined Eaton Square Senior School as Head in April 2018. She previously worked at St John’s Leatherhead where she held a number of roles but most recently was responsible for the setting up and opening of the highly successful Lower School for pupils aged 11-13 years.… More
    Caroline joined Eaton Square Senior School as Head in April 2018. She previously worked at St John’s Leatherhead where she held a number of roles but most recently was responsible for the setting up and opening of the highly successful Lower School for pupils aged 11-13 years. Caroline was brought up and educated in California before studying Psychology at the University of Southampton and Educational Neuroscience at UCL. She currently teaches Biology and Psychology and is passionate about leadership development in pupils. Less
  • Bradley Salisbury

    Bradley Salisbury

    United Kingdom
    Headmaster Dean Close School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Bradley trained to be a teacher of Religious Studies (RS) with Sport at the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education. It was on the RS course that he met his wife, Clare. Bradley spent the next nine years working in Bristol first at a large comprehensive school on the outskirts… More
    Bradley trained to be a teacher of Religious Studies (RS) with Sport at the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education. It was on the RS course that he met his wife, Clare. Bradley spent the next nine years working in Bristol first at a large comprehensive school on the outskirts of the city and before taking up a post first at Head of RS and Assistant Chaplain and then Head of Middle School (Years 10 & 11) in an independent school in the city centre. At this time, Bradley began studying for a part-time Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Bristol at the same time as moving to Wells Cathedral School to run the RS department and to be the Housemaster of a Boarding and Day house for 60 boys from Years 10 to 13. Bradley was a boarder himself from age 11 to 18, so a return to a boarding house was welcome. In 2009, Bradley joined the staff of Dean Close as Senior Deputy Head before moving to be Headmaster of the Senior School in 2016, when the then Headmaster, Jonathan Lancashire, became the first Warden/CEO of Dean Close. Bradley's philosophy of education is built on the principle that school days are about preparing pupils for the next stage of their life. It is not enough for schools to just deliver exam results. Schools should not just help young people to secure places on university courses or jobs, but to build and sustain relationships, play an active role in the community and have a broad view of life. Bradley says, At Dean Close, this can be seen in the commitment to co-curriculum and leadership programmes that sit alongside a rigorous academic curriculum which teaches both skills and knowledge. One of the great strengths of Dean Close is that there is no 'typical Decanian', each year is shaped and impacted by the wide variety of pupils and staff who make up this living community. Everyone works hard and takes great pleasure from each other's achievements. Beyond school, Bradley enjoys both playing and watching sport, spending time on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, being an active member of St Matthew's Church in Cheltenham and the company of his three teenage daughters, when they let him. Less
  • Kate Reynolds

    Kate Reynolds

    United Kingdom
    Head Royal High School Bath
    School leadership
    Biography
    Mrs Kate Reynolds has been Head of Royal High School Bath, GDST since January 2020. Formerly Head at Leweston, Mrs Reynolds was previously Head of International Students and teacher of English and Drama - before that, she taught at Sherborne and Gillingham School. Mrs Reynolds has a… More
    Mrs Kate Reynolds has been Head of Royal High School Bath, GDST since January 2020. Formerly Head at Leweston, Mrs Reynolds was previously Head of International Students and teacher of English and Drama - before that, she taught at Sherborne and Gillingham School. Mrs Reynolds has a commercial background, having briefly practised Law in London and Somerset and brings a breadth of experience to her role as Head of Royal High School, a leading girls’ day and boarding school in Bath. Mrs Reynolds’ philosophy is founded on her expectation of high standards in all aspects of School life including academic, pastoral and extra-curricular to ensure students are encouraged to be their best versions of themselves. She believes that an over-arching value of kindness is critical to ensuring students hone their empathetic skills and treat everyone as they would wish to be treated. As well as this pursuit of high standards, Mrs Reynolds is a keen advocate of physical activity and sport which she believes is key to good mental health. She practises what she preaches including leading a lunchtime running club which has proved extremely popular with students – perhaps because of the involvement of Lolo, her enthusiastic Collie dog. “The pandemic has not dented the School’s character in any way. There is so much to celebrate at Royal High School Bath with friendly, engaged and curious girls; supportive staff who go the extra mile because they care hugely about the school; and, an exciting and challenging learning environment.” The girls’ energy and determination yet down to earth groundedness makes for a very special school of which we are all proud. I am humbled to be part of such a remarkable establishment. Less
  • Chris Wheeler

    Chris Wheeler

    United Kingdom
    Principal Monkton Combe School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Chris Wheeler joined Monkton as Principal in January 2016. He was elected Vice Chair of HMC for 2019-20 and has served on HMC’s Inspection Sub Committee. He previously served as Principal and CEO at Hillcrest International Schools in Kenya, Headmaster at St Christopher's, Hove, and… More
    Chris Wheeler joined Monkton as Principal in January 2016. He was elected Vice Chair of HMC for 2019-20 and has served on HMC’s Inspection Sub Committee. He previously served as Principal and CEO at Hillcrest International Schools in Kenya, Headmaster at St Christopher's, Hove, and has variously been Deputy Head, Housemaster (day and boarding) and Head of English. Chris continues to teach English and Drama and is passionate about innovative and inspirational education whether seeking effective ways to use technology to enhance classroom practice, developing ever stronger ways to take a proactive approach to pastoral care or forging international links to ensure pupils have a genuinely global outlook. Chris leads on various partnership projects including supporting Royal Springboard and the Boarding Schools Partnership, the foundation of the Bath Schools’ Choir Who Can’t Sing and Bath Student Parliament. In addition to his work at HMC, he is an ISI Team Inspector and a trustee of the Lywood Colley Academy Trust. He has previously served as a Trustee with the Palladian Academy Trust, a member of the Court of the University of Bath, an examiner at GCSE and A-level for both English and Literature and often speaks at churches and chapels across the country. When not doing any of these things, he likes to take to the hills with his paraglider, or head to the Alps to snowboard; in quieter moments he walks his dogs or reads a good book. He is married to Georgie and has three children at Monkton. Less

Scholarships and bursaries - widening access

London Parents Forum
Nov 13 | 12:45 PM - 01:15 PM GMT -11:00

What can the independent school system do better to widen the diversity of their intake? And how should you as a parent prepare your child to maximise their chances?

Starting out in Central London - choices, decisions, application, preparation

London Parents Forum
Nov 13 | 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM GMT +00:00

From Knightsbridge to Baker Street to the Barbican, this Forum explores what's involved when your child is starting school in the centre of the city. A central London prep school head talks about the nuts and bolts: how to choose and when to begin looking, the application process and what preparations you should make.

  • Magoo Giles

    Magoo Giles

    United Kingdom
    Founder & Principal Knightsbridge School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Magoo Giles is currently the Principal at Knightsbridge School. He served for 11 years in the Army in Belize, Cyprus, Bosnia, and Germany, and whilst serving in Bosnia he had his penny-dropping moment where he knew what he was going to do next - work with the young! He started as an… More
    Magoo Giles is currently the Principal at Knightsbridge School. He served for 11 years in the Army in Belize, Cyprus, Bosnia, and Germany, and whilst serving in Bosnia he had his penny-dropping moment where he knew what he was going to do next - work with the young! He started as an assistant and became Head of Garden House in 2000. In 2006 he took the plunge and set up Knightsbridge School as Head. In 2016 he became Principal and now oversees the school, in particular, the extra-curricular and the Alumni, and works very closely with the Parents Association (KSPA) and the Knightsbridge School Education Foundation (KSEF) providing 100% bursaries to local children. Less

Next steps - exciting choices you might not have considered

London Parents Forum
Nov 13 | 02:30 PM - 03:00 PM GMT +00:00

From international curriculum schools to art and design specialists, the independent sector has a wide range of senior schools to suit every child. Heads discuss what's on offer with parents.

  • Andrew Rattue

    Andrew Rattue

    United Kingdom
    Principal St Clare's Oxford
    School leadership
    Biography
    Andy has been the Principal of St Clare’s, Oxford since 2017. He has more than twenty years’ experience of leadership in independent education including eleven years as Head of two other well-known schools: The Royal Grammar School, Worcester and King’s College, Madrid. He was… More
    Andy has been the Principal of St Clare’s, Oxford since 2017. He has more than twenty years’ experience of leadership in independent education including eleven years as Head of two other well-known schools: The Royal Grammar School, Worcester and King’s College, Madrid. He was Chairman of HMC (Headmasters and Headmistresses’ Conference) West Division in 2010-11, and a member of the HMC/GSA Universities Committee 2012-14. He is a Boarding Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. In a voluntary capacity, he is Chair of Governors of Oxfordshire Hospital School, the oldest hospital school in the UK, a Governor of Rye St Antony School, and a Trustee of the Alliance Française, Oxford. He was proud to have been elected as Chair of BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students) in January 2020 and Vice Chair of the BSA (Boarding Schools Association). He will become Chair of the BSA in January 2022. Less
  • Candida Cave

    Candida Cave

    United Kingdom
    Principal Fine Arts College
    School leadership
    Biography
    Candida Cave trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and studied for her M.A. in History of Art at the University of Buckingham. After discovering a gift for inspiring people through teaching, she founded Hampstead Fine Arts College in 1978 with the artist Nicholas Cochrane.… More
    Candida Cave trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and studied for her M.A. in History of Art at the University of Buckingham. After discovering a gift for inspiring people through teaching, she founded Hampstead Fine Arts College in 1978 with the artist Nicholas Cochrane. In addition to serving as Principal and teaching Art History, Candida is also a playwright and a practising painter: her art has been exhibited in London and Lewes, while her plays have been performed in London theatres, museums and galleries and for the British Council in Florence, Bologna and Rome. Less
  • Hugh Viney

    Hugh Viney

    United Kingdom
    Founder and CEO Minerva's Virtual Academy
    School leadership
    Biography
    33-year-old, former Classics scholar Hugh Viney is the founder and CEO of Minerva’s Virtual Academy, a unique, online independent school for pupils aged 12-18, and Minerva Tutors, one of the UK’s most well known providers of private homeschooling and after-school tutoring services.… More
    33-year-old, former Classics scholar Hugh Viney is the founder and CEO of Minerva’s Virtual Academy, a unique, online independent school for pupils aged 12-18, and Minerva Tutors, one of the UK’s most well known providers of private homeschooling and after-school tutoring services. Over the last seven years, Hugh’s hands-on, passionate approach to growing Minerva and helping to professionalise the industry has opened the door for thousands of home-educated children to achieve the support and academic qualifications they deserve. In December 2020, Hugh launched Minerva’s Virtual Academy, an online school with a mission: to offer a truly viable, affordable, and fully-online alternative to traditional independent schools for the very first time, and to offer the British Curriculum to all children, no matter where they live in the world. Hugh’s education philosophy blends tradition with innovation: pupil confidence and multi-disciplinary learning is at the heart of everything Minerva does. His organisations have won many awards over the years, including three nominations for this year's Education Investor Awards. Hugh has also been runner-up for the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the National Business Awards. Less
  • David Laird

    David Laird

    United Kingdom
    Head of School ICS London
    School leadership
    Biography
    David Laird is the Head of School of ICS London located in the very heart of the city and delivering the International Baccalaureate (IB) across the entire 3-18 age range, over the past 40 years. With over twenty years of experience in both the UK and international education sector,… More
    David Laird is the Head of School of ICS London located in the very heart of the city and delivering the International Baccalaureate (IB) across the entire 3-18 age range, over the past 40 years. With over twenty years of experience in both the UK and international education sector, David Laird is a passionate leader with a drive to develop outstanding schools. In the early part of his teaching career, he was seconded as an advisory teacher. After moving abroad, he eventually began working for Nord Anglia Education, first as Head of Primary for the British School of Guangzhou, China, and later as Principal for The British School of Beijing. Most recently, he was responsible for the establishment of a brand new international school in the heart of Lisbon, Portugal's capital city. As a parent himself, he understands how important choosing the right school for your child is. Education is the greatest gift we can give to our children, providing them with the right tools they need to succeed in life. Less
  • Simon McNaught

    Simon McNaught

    United Kingdom
    Deputy Headmaster & Head of the British Section Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle
    School leadership
    Biography
    Simon began his teaching career in Kingston, Jamaica, teaching French at a girls’ secondary school straight out of university. After two wonderful years, and having survived the baptism of fire and with the teaching bug, he returned to the UK to complete his PGCE. He began his UK… More
    Simon began his teaching career in Kingston, Jamaica, teaching French at a girls’ secondary school straight out of university. After two wonderful years, and having survived the baptism of fire and with the teaching bug, he returned to the UK to complete his PGCE. He began his UK career in the New Forest as a teacher of French and German, before moving to London where he has spent the last twenty years, working mainly in inner London state schools, latterly Vice Principal of an academy in Hackney. The last five years have been spent at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in South Kensington, where he is Deputy Head and Head of the British Section. One of the largest schools in the country, the Lycée offers French, English and bi-lingual curricula through which seven other languages are on offer. Simon feels very at home there. Less

The Parent Practice Workshop

London Parents Forum
Nov 13 | 03:15 PM - 03:45 PM GMT -11:00

  • Elaine Halligan

    Elaine Halligan

    United Kingdom
    London Director The Parent Practice
    Wellbeing
    Biography
    Elaine is a parenting coach, speaker and author of ‘My Child’s Different’. Her expertise was born from real life experience, when her son was excluded from his third school at the age of seven. Using The Parent Practice methodology, her son’s sense of self worth was restored with… More
    Elaine is a parenting coach, speaker and author of ‘My Child’s Different’. Her expertise was born from real life experience, when her son was excluded from his third school at the age of seven. Using The Parent Practice methodology, her son’s sense of self worth was restored with lots of positive encouragement, giving him responsibility, encouraging independence, helping him understand and accept his feelings of difference, his anxieties, frustrations and anger, and helping him learn from failure and bounce back from set-backs. The outcome was he finished school as Head Boy, and is now a budding entrepreneur. A huge testament to the transformative work and impact The Parent Practice has on families and children. The story is told in her TEDX talk here on Neuro Diversity is a super power and not a problem. She’s not Wonder Woman or Super Nanny, not Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee, she’s just herself (and in essence, she’s probably you) and that’s what makes her different. She’s been at the end of her tether wondering why her child is different and what she can do to support him. She has learned first hand the skills it takes not just to survive the struggle, but to get to the other side and change the story. She niches in neuro diversity and working with separated families helping then develop a plan to share the care and ensure the children are always in the centre and not the middle. It’s her mission to create a happier future generation by sharing parenting strategies that will have an authentic impact, transforming challenging children into confident and contented children with her personal style and a positive approach. Less
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ISC Leadership Theatre

Unique access to the leadership of the sector

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The Leadership Theatre gives parents unique access and insight to the movers, shakers and change makers in the private education sector. 

With 50% of each talk dedicated to audience questions, there is plenty of opportunity to get answers to your questions.

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ISC Leadership Theatre

What is the value of an independent school education

ISC Leadership
Nov 13 | 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM GMT +00:00

Is it worth paying school fees? There are many ways to assess the benefits from academic excellence, to social confidence, to sports and extra-curricular facilities, to value-added. What's important is to know what matters to you and your child.

  • Julie Robinson

    Julie Robinson

    United Kingdom
    Chief Executive Officer Independent Schools Council (ISC)
    Sector leadership
    Biography
    Julie Robinson attended Sackville School, a state secondary in East Grinstead, before studying English at the University of Birmingham. She began her career as a teacher and was head of two IAPS, co-educational, day and boarding prep schools for children aged 3-13. She led education and… More
    Julie Robinson attended Sackville School, a state secondary in East Grinstead, before studying English at the University of Birmingham. She began her career as a teacher and was head of two IAPS, co-educational, day and boarding prep schools for children aged 3-13. She led education and training for IAPS for five years and was appointed General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council in 2015. As CEO, Julie is responsible for the day-to-day management of the ISC and answers to the ISC Board and Chairman. The ISC’s data analysis informs advocacy of the sector and Julie has appeared in the national media regularly. Her live appearances include Newsnight, Sky News, The Today Programme, BBC and Channel 4 News. The ISC is a coordinating, umbrella body providing a vital link between the independent education sector and government policy. It brings together AGBIS, GSA, HMC, ISA, IAPS, ISBA and the Society of Heads along with affiliates BSA, COBIS, SCIS and WISC. The ISC’s three priority areas of activity are (1) research/data, (2) media/communications and (3) policy/public affairs. In all things, the ISC seeks to support, inform and promote the sector, rebutting untruths and explaining the value of independent education to wider society. Julie is a school governor at a state school as well as an independent school in London. Less
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Giving your child the best possible start: why go private at this age?

ISC Leadership
Nov 13 | 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM GMT +00:00

With state primaries so much improved, especially in London, what is it that pre-prep and prep schools offer, besides Latin?

  • Christopher King

    Christopher King

    United Kingdom
    Chief Executive, IAPS Independent Association of Prep Schools
    School leadership
    Biography
    Christopher is currently Chief Executive of IAPS, a post he took up in September 2018. Prior to that he was headmaster and Chief Executive of Leicester Grammar School Trust from June 2001. Leicester Grammar School is an academically selective, HMC co-educational day school with 1430… More
    Christopher is currently Chief Executive of IAPS, a post he took up in September 2018. Prior to that he was headmaster and Chief Executive of Leicester Grammar School Trust from June 2001. Leicester Grammar School is an academically selective, HMC co-educational day school with 1430 pupils. He was Chairman of HMC 2015/16 and unusually again in 2017/18. HMC is the association of the leading independent senior schools in the UK. Prior to this he was Chairman of the HMC Professional Development Committee 2009/14 and was an HMC Full Board member from 2006 to 2018. In the above roles Christopher has delivered numerous courses to senior leaders on a wide range of professional topics. He has written for many national publications and commented on educational matters in various forms of media. He is a Director of the ISC Board and a member of the Leicester University Council. He was previously an East Midlands ‘Business Champion’ when he helped to create a new school for autistic children. Christopher climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in 2008 with his three sons. Less

What makes a good head and how to spot one?

ISC Leadership
Nov 13 | 02:00 PM - 02:40 PM GMT +00:00

It is right that this theatre should discuss leadership. How can you tell when a school is well-run? Is improving better than coasting? And what are the warning signs to watch out for?

  • Sally-Anne Huang

    Sally-Anne Huang

    United Kingdom
    High Master St Paul's School
    School leadership
    Biography
    Sally-Anne Huang was educated at Bolton School prior to reading Classics and English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She also has an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management and a Masters degree in Children’s Literature, which is a personal passion of hers. Sally-Anne is High… More
    Sally-Anne Huang was educated at Bolton School prior to reading Classics and English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She also has an MSc in Educational Leadership and Management and a Masters degree in Children’s Literature, which is a personal passion of hers. Sally-Anne is High Master of St Paul’s School and experienced in governance of both boarding and prep schools. Previously she was Headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School, and Kent College, Pembury, where she was also chair of the Methodist Independent Schools heads’ group for two years. Sally-Anne has been an elected officer of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) since 2018 and was Chair during the academic year 2020/21. Her previous appointments have included Housemistress at Sevenoaks School, where she taught the International Baccalaureate, and Deputy Head at Roedean. Her professional interests include the importance of cultural diversity within schools and the power of performing arts in pupil experience. Married to Alexis, Sally-Anne has two adult sons and two dogs; her interests include young adult fiction, playing the saxophone and watching rugby. Less

Flexible & Monday - Friday boarding - supporting family life

ISC Leadership
Nov 13 | 03:00 PM - 03:40 PM GMT +00:00

Is Saturday morning school dying out? And does the rise of flexi-boarding and Monday-Friday boarding threaten full boarding? What are the price differences between the different options,

  • Aileen Kane

    Aileen Kane

    United Kingdom
    COO, BSA Boarding Schools' Association
    Education expert
    Biography
    Aileen Kane is COO of BSA Group, and the Director of SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association). Aileen leads operations at BSA providing guidance and training to member schools and works closely with government departments including DfE, Home Office, DIT, MOD, FCO, local… More
    Aileen Kane is COO of BSA Group, and the Director of SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association). Aileen leads operations at BSA providing guidance and training to member schools and works closely with government departments including DfE, Home Office, DIT, MOD, FCO, local authorities and other agencies to support member schools. She was a board member of the Boarding Schools Partnership group which aims to place vulnerable children into boarding schools and heads up BSA’s work to find places for refugee children escaping from conflict countries. A business graduate with over 17 years of marketing and communications experience, Aileen has worked as a head of international marketing in the beauty industry before entering the education sector. She managed the MAD (Marketing, Admissions, Development) departments at two independent UK schools within SMT/SLT to achieve strategic targets including growth and market awareness. Aileen is also a trustee of a children’s charity. Less
  • Robin Fletcher

    Robin Fletcher

    United Kingdom
    CEO, BSA Boarding Schools' Association
    Education expert
    Biography
    Robin Fletcher, MBA, MPhil is CEO of BSA Group, comprising the BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association), SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association) and BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students). Robin was a journalist, editor and communications… More
    Robin Fletcher, MBA, MPhil is CEO of BSA Group, comprising the BSA (Boarding Schools’ Association), SACPA (Safeguarding and Child Protection Association) and BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students). Robin was a journalist, editor and communications director before joining BSA in 2014. As BSA CEO, Robin is a member of the Department for Education’s Systems Partnership Oversight Board. Outside BSA, he is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University, a Governor of Rugby School, President of the Rugbean Society, and a non-executive director of the trade body Make UK. Less

Why girls thrive in single sex schools

ISC Leadership
Nov 13 | 04:00 PM - 04:40 PM GMT +00:00

This is one of the most debated subjects in education. Does single-sex education really benefit girls more than boys?

  • Samantha Price

    Samantha Price

    United Kingdom
    Headmistress Benenden
    School leadership
    Biography
    Samantha Price was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and Edinburgh University, where she read History of Art (with modules of European History). Having graduated, she joined the Tate Britain and was responsible for marketing for Members and Patrons and became heavily involved with the… More
    Samantha Price was educated at Malvern Girls’ College and Edinburgh University, where she read History of Art (with modules of European History). Having graduated, she joined the Tate Britain and was responsible for marketing for Members and Patrons and became heavily involved with the Patrons of what is now the Tate Modern. She started her teaching career in 1999 as a History of Art and History teacher at Reading Blue Coat School, where she stayed for a number of years. She then joined King’s Canterbury as a Housemistress, History and History of Art teacher. Her next post was to be Deputy Head at Hereford Cathedral School and from there she became Head of Godolphin in 2010. Samantha is married with a daughter and a son. Her husband is an Army Chaplain. Samantha joined Benenden as the Headmistress in January 2014 and has led a number of ambitious strategic innovations at the School, including the introduction of day boarders, planning a series of schools in China and a swathe of enhancements as part of the School’s Centenary Vision; these include curriculum improvements through the introduction of the Professional Skills Programme and Benenden Diploma, alongside development projects such as the construction of staff housing, an All-Weather Pitch and the new School Hall and Music School which is due to open in the coming months. Samantha is GSA President for 2021/22. Less
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