Eton to bid farewell to ‘one of its most successful heads since 1440’

The Times is reporting that the headmaster of Eton is to retire next year, bringing to an end what it describes as ‘one of the most successful headships in the 574-year history of the school’…

In an announcement on its website, Eton College said: “Tony Little has announced that he intends to retire as Head Master of Eton at the end of the Summer half 2015. The Provost and Fellows have put in hand the process for choosing his successor.”

…Under Mr Little’s leadership the college has developed strong links with the state sector. It is the sole educational sponsor of a new state-funded day and boarding school opening in September in Holyport, Berkshire. Eton is also one of eight independent schools involved with the London Academy of Excellence, a selective state sixth-form college in Newham, East London.

Mr Little, 59, is married with a daughter and is himself an Old Etonian. He was housemaster of Brentwood School, headmaster of Chigwell School and headmaster of Oakham School. He became Head Master of Eton College in 2002…

Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, the Provost, said: “He’s been one of the great Head Masters.”

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  1. birch_david

    SchoolsImprove let’s hope his successor maintains his commitment to working with the state sector as an equal partner

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