From Eton, Westminster and St Paul’s to Wycombe Abbey, Withington and Winchester, Heads Up tells the inside story of the men and women running 32 of England’s leading independent schools – and the problems they face.
Heads Up uncovers the secret world of this impressive, powerful group as they battle to create the right conditions for academic success, happy children and happy staff. They tell a story of demanding governors, treacherous staff, nightmare parents, financial difficulties and the relentless pressure to achieve.
How are heads hired and fired? How do they lead? Who competes for the best pupils in selling the brand and in league tables? When confronting staff and governors, who wins? At the centre of every school are children and their problems: bullying, cyberbullying, drugs, eating disorders and family breakdown. How do they manage problem children and which powerful parents litigate? Heads Up delivers the answers. This article from the Daily Mail summarises some of the findings from my book.