Philip Cottam

Philip read Modern History at Pembroke College (1967-1970). After sixteen years in the Army he started teaching History at Sedbergh School (1986). He moved to Stowe as Head of History (1994), becoming Head of the Humanities and then Senior Master.

He has been Head of Halliford School since 2002 and since then has been chairman of his Society of Heads, a member of their education policy committee and their representative on a variety of DfE/QCA committees and working parties. He is also on the board of the Independent Schools Council.

Philip is passionate about the role extra-curricular programmes can play in pupil development and has been involved in debating and public speaking, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Force as well as organising expeditions to the Alps and the Arctic and cultural trips to cities including Paris and St Petersburg. He also believes in the importance of creating educational links and his own school has links locally and with schools in France, Germany and Ethiopia.

Philip believes the Oxford Education Society can create a supportive and stimulating world wide web of links between those involved in education, at whatever level and in whatever capacity.  He believes that such links will not only benefit the individuals involved but will also help in the widening of debate, the sharing of  ideas and research and the breaking down of barriers.