SAT 10TH NOV
Countless notable figures, from prime ministers and politicians, to artists of all kinds, to sporting heroes, have been through Britain's independent boarding school system. This talk considers the opportunities and advantages that boarding school can provide, beyond merely a preparation for university, as well as assessing whether or not the emphasis placed on boarding school reputation is totally legitimate.
Antony Clark, Headmaster Malvern College
Antony Clark had his formative years in South Africa and was educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown, and at Rhodes University, before moving on to Cambridge University on a Douglas Smith Scholarship.
He initially taught at Westerford High School, in Cape Town, a large co-educational state school, before working briefly in investment management. He was then appointed Headmaster of St Joseph's Marist College, Cape Town, in 1992 and subsequently of his own old school, St Andrew's College, in 1994. In 2002 he moved as Head to Gresham's School in Norfolkand then to Malvern College in September 2008. Over the last ten years, he has overseen the investment of £27m in the infrastructure of Malvern College as well as the creation of International Schools in Qingdao, Chengdu, Cairo and Hong Kong.
Dr Ruth Sullivan, Headmistress at Sherborne Girls
Dr Sullivan was educated at City of London School for Girls and Sherborne Girls. She graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Geography and completed her PGCE at Moray House Institute of Education (Edinburgh). Dr Sullivan also holds a Masters in Population and Health and PhD in Non-communicable Epidemiology, which she gained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1996 she turned to a career in education and her first appointment was at St John’s School, Leatherhead where in addition to teaching Geography, she was Head of Outdoor Pursuits and a Housemistress. In 2001 Dr Sullivan moved to Glenalmond College to be Head of Geography and then in 2005 to Queen’s School, Chester to be Head of Sixth Form. In 2011 she was appointed Acting Head of Geography at Haileybury College and was promoted to Deputy Master in September 2012, with responsibility for overseeing the day to day running of the school.
Dr Sullivan has travelled extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, North Africa and India. She swims regularly, runs half marathons and has competed in half ironman and ironman events.