Every student will have an academic environment that is best suited for them. This talk assesses how high-achieving academic students fare in mixed ability range schools. Factors such as pastoral care, and a vast array of extracurriculars may weigh in on a student's academic experience just as much as rigorous classes and a well-honed exam technique.


Alastair Chirnside

Alastair Chirnside is the Director of Studies at Harrow School, an independent boarding school for boys aged between 13 and 18. He has responsibility for academic strategy, the curriculum, teaching and learning, and the Heads of Subject.  Alastair studied Classics and French at Merton College, Oxford, graduating with a double first and a half Blue in lightweight rowing. Before teaching, he worked as a fund manager for Schroders in London. In 2004 he joined Eton College to teach Classics, where he also coached rowing for several years before becoming Head of Year 11, Head of the Classics Department and a House Master.

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey is Headmaster of Whitgift, and is responsible to the Whitgift Foundation and School Committee for the strategic direction and overall success of the School.

He was educated at Brighton College and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, taught at Shrewsbury and was Head of Languages at Wellington College, before becoming Deputy Head at Cranleigh and then Headmaster of King’s College Taunton. From 2007-17, he was Headmaster of King’s Chester.

He has two grown up sons and a daughter, chairs HMC’s Universities Committee, speaking for the sector on Higher Education matters, and sits on the Court of the University of Leicester and the Governing Body of Colfe’s School.


Charles Bonas

Charles Bonas has tutored, taught and mentored children, and advised their parents for twenty-five years. He has a young son.

The full 2019 timetable will be published on Tuesday 8 October.