Two HPL Headteachers - Charlotte Avery from St Mary’s School, Cambridge and Shaun Fenton from Reigate Grammar School - have been shortlisted for the prestigious i25 award, which recognises the independent sector’s top 25 leading influencers and innovators.

At a gala dinner on 21 March at the Waldorf Hilton, the 25 influencers and innovators will vote live for the best of the best, each selecting 5 of their shortlisted peers. The 5 individuals receiving the most votes will then be announced, with one overall winner and 4 runners up. 

Charlotte AveryMs Avery is an educator and administrator of 25 years’ standing. President of the UK Girls’ Schools Association for 2017 and Headmistress of St Mary’s School, Cambridge, she is regularly invited to contribute to UK debate about education for girls, in the media and through seminars: as a panellist and host on female leadership and strategic influence at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; at two Westminster Education Forums: women in the workplace; next steps for science education and STEM skills provision. She is a governor of three schools and an inspector.

Shaun FentonMr Fenton has been Headmaster of Reigate Grammar School since September 2012, his third headship having previously led Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham (named Sunday Times ‘School of the Year’ under his leadership) and Sir John Lawes School, Hertfordshire. He is on the board of education charity and examination board AQA, a National Leader of Education, a Foundation Fellow of Gloucestershire University, a member of the UCAS Service Advisory Group, an associate of Reform and was, until recently, on the national Committee for FASNA. Shaun was an additional member of the Headmaster and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) since 2005 and a full member from 2012.

Charlotte and Shaun are both key players in the HPL movement for change and are currently leading their schools to accreditation of HPL World Class Status. We wish them the very best of luck!


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