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2 May
Annual Conference for Heads - 2 - 4 May 2017
02 May 2017 - 04 May 2017

Download the full programme here 

Start and Finish Times:

The conference begins with registration at 10am on Tuesday 2 May, and will finish at 11am on Thursday 4 May.


Conference Venue: York Racecourse

Hotels: The Principal York and The Grand - rooms will be allocated unless otherwise specified when booking. 


The Principal York - Tuesday 2 May

Merchant Adventurers Hall - Wednesday 3 May

Getting around:

The Principal York and The Grand are walking distance from the train station. Buses will be provided daily to and from the racecourse.

Bicycles can be rented, it takes 8 minutes to cycle from these hotels to the racecourse. Please email if you would like to book one. £40 for 2 days

Speakers include: 

  • The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York
  • Gareth Southgate, England Football Manager and boarding parent
  • AC Grayling CBE, Master of the New College of the New College of the Humanities and boarding parent, on boarding and the good life
  • Adam Weitzman QC on handling claims of non-recent abuse in schools
  • Dr Simon Walker (Mind.World) on the social and emotional benefits of boarding
  • John Tomsett, state school headteacher, education blogger, co-founder of the Headteachers' Roundtable think-tank, speaking on mental health in schools
  • Dr Christopher Thurber on Mind-Bending Conversations: How to Change Problem Behavior with a Single Talk
  • Julie Robinson, General Secretary of the Independent Schools’ Council (ISC) on sector issues.
  • Professor Tanya Byron, Psychologist, writer and media personality 
  • Crista Cullen, Team GB Hockey Player and Oakham School Alumnus
  • Tom Chambers, Actor and Repton School Alumnus
  • Julian Thomas, Master, Wellington College and Richard Foster, Headmaster, Windlesham House School



York, York Racecourse, Tadcaster Way, York, YO23 1EX, United Kingdom