Independent/State School Partnerships and politics

Julie Robinson (ISC) and Leo Winkley (St Peter’s School)

Against a background of heightened political scrutiny, Leo Winkley and Julie Robinson provide commentary on the issues surrounding independent schools’ desire and duties with respect to supporting social justice.  Whilst the Charity Commission seems perfectly happy that schools which are charities are satisfying their objects with respect to public benefit activity, politicians expect more involvement in sponsorship of state schools.  How much is enough?

Julie will outline background political pressures, and Leo will describe the development, structure and success of the York Independent State School Partnership (ISSP), a collaboration between 8 state schools and 3 independent schools.

Leo Winkley - photo cropLeo studied Theology at the University of Oxford, where he enjoyed acting and playing hockey. Leo started his teaching career at Ardingly College as Head of Religious Studies where he looked after a Lower Sixth boarding house and was in charge of tennis. He moved on to be Head of Religious Studies at The Cheltenham Ladies' College before becoming Deputy Head, and later Managing Head, of Bedales School. Leo is Chair of the Boarding Schools’ Association and a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. He has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the Open University. Leo and his wife live on the school campus with their three children, two of whom attend St Olave's School, with the youngest at Clifton School and Nursery. Leo runs marathons, loves watching sport and is a keen reader of literary fiction. He is passionate about anteaters.

Julie Robinson - photo cropJulie was a prep school head for eleven years, then Education and Training Director at the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).  She has been General Secretary of ISC since April 2015.

Julie’s role at ISC is to protect and promote the sector, both in the political sphere and the national media.  ISC brings all the main independent schools associations together to strengthen political lobbying and public affairs activities.  Using ISC’s annual census and research findings to underpin key messages, ISC aims to positively promote the aims and interests of the sector and defend it robustly.

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