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Philip Britton

Headmaster
Bolton School Boys' Division (Confirmed)

Philip Britton is Headmaster of Bolton School Boys' Division, an independent day school for some 1200 boys. He was brought up on Tyneside, took a first in physics at Oxford and did teacher training at Cambridge. He worked as physics teacher, Head of Physics and Deputy Head at Leeds Grammar School before moving to Bolton in 2008. In 2010 he was awarded an MBE for services to physics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics where he has been much involved in physics education, encouraging teachers to encourage the next generation of physicists. At Bolton his focus is on community partnership, e-learning as part of variety in teaching and social mobility through access to independent schools.

How Can School Partnerships Shape the Future of Education?

  • Examining the principles of cross-sector partnerships, with 88% of ISC schools currently in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools and local communities
  • Setting out the vision for a collaborative school system: how can independent schools facilitate social mobility and increase the number of pupils from under-represented groups progressing to highly selective universities?
  • Exploring how partnerships can encompass teacher training and recruitment, facility sharing and school sponsorship, what are the key practical steps to follow?
  • How can partnerships help develop outstanding teachers in a supporting, enriching environment, well-prepared for their future career?
  • How can partnerships create cost-savings, improve income generation and make the most of school buildings and estates?
  • How can partnerships with state schools support the development of academically successful confident young people, while providing career guidance, learning and sporting opportunities?