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Tom Arbuthnott

Deputy Head (Partnerships)
Eton College (Confirmed)

Tom Arbuthnott runs the Outreach and Partnership programme at Eton College, as well as overseeing the school's strategies to widen access, especially to talented boys from diverse backgrounds. He oversees Eton's key strategic relationships with state sector schools, especially Holyport College, the London Academy of Excellence and the Slough, Windsor, Eton and Heston Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP). He is also responsible for the school's community service programme and the summer schools that take place annually in July. Tom took degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities, before working in Brussels and London in the European Parliament and for a think tank. He was accepted onto the Fast Track programme in 2004, and started his educational career teaching English, Humanities and Theory of Knowledge in comprehensives in Guildford, Castle Bromwich and Ladywood (Birmingham) before starting up the award-winning outreach programme at King Edward's School, Birmingham. An Old Etonian himself, he returned to Eton in 2016 as Eton's first Director of Outreach and Partnership. In 2017-18, he served as Chair of the Schools Together Group, an organisation which is committed to promoting powerful and effective relationships between schools in the state and independent sectors.

  • How can the independent schools work effectively with the state sector in order to improve access for lower income families?
  • What are the implications and results of co-funded schemes for independent schools who have participated in them?
  • How can independent schools continue to deliver an exceptional yet cost-effective service in light of reduced income?