Dr Anthony Seldon, principal of Wellington College, and David Lewin, headmaster of the City of London Boys' School – both of whom serve as advisers to the Government – were genuinely shocked by the conditions pupils at a comprehensive school had to endure. As a result, they joined forces to plead with ministers to rebuild the crumbling comprehensive school.
It is a unique example of co-operation between the state and private sector of schooling. Normally, co-operation means the independent schools open up their plush sports facilities to pupils from the neighbouring state school or share a teacher with them. In this case, though, the two private school headmasters concerned have rolled up their sleeves and got down to some serious campaigning to improve the facilities at a state school.
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