state private

With the rise of independent school fees, many parents, particularly those who have more than one child, are combining state and independent education. This talk will discuss the various factors which parents should consider when choosing how to combine the two types of education.


Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend, Headmaster, Felsted School

Chris Townsend became Head at Felsted in September 2015, after five years at the school as Deputy Head. Previously, Chris was Housemaster and Head of Boarding at Stowe. He grew up in Cheltenham and was educated at Dean Close, Cheltenham, before reading Classics at Brasenose College, Oxford. Chris began his teaching career back at Dean Close, where he ran a Day House, as well as being Master in charge of Cricket. His experience is grounded in co-educational boarding schools, and believes strongly in the value of an all round education, that seeks to develop every character within the school. He is also a governor of an independent school. Chris is married to Mel, who is also a teacher. They have two children, both of whom are currently at Felsted.

Julie Robinson

Julie Robinson, General Secretary, Independent Schools Council

Julie Robinson was Head of Ardingly College Junior School and then Vinehall Prep School in Sussex before becoming Education and Training Director for the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools. She served on the Standing Group of Teachers Associations and the Independent Schools Examination Board. Julie chaired the Independent Schools Council's Cross Association Leadership group and serves on the School Partnerships Oversight Board for the DfE promoting partnership work.

In 2015, Julie became General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council, representing schools across the independent education sector. She liaises with influencers in education across schools, government and the media, serving the interests of ISC constituent associations and member schools. The ISC provides authoritative sector-wide research and data collection through the annual ISC Census and other surveys.

ISC is a coordinating body which brings together AGBIS, GSA, HMC, ISA, IAPS, ISBA and the Society of Heads along with affiliates BSA, COBIS, SCIS and WISC in order to promote the sector and protect joint interests.

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