Anthony Seldon

Schoolmaster, Author

Dr Anthony Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS

Anthony Seldon is a leading authority on contemporary British history and headmaster of Wellington College, one of Britain's best-known boarding schools. He is also author or editor of over 30 books on contemporary history, politics and education, and is the biographer of Number 10 and former recent Prime Ministers.

After gaining an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Worcester College, Oxford, and a PhD at the London School of Economics, he qualified as a teacher at King’s College, London, where he was awarded the top PGCE prize in his year. He also has an MBA. He taught at Whitgift School, Tonbridge (his old school), and St Dunstan’s, where he was Acting Headmaster. He then became Headmaster of Brighton College until he joined Wellington College in January 2006 as 13th Master. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Brighton and Richmond and in 2007 was given a Chair at the College of Teachers as Professor of Education. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, King’s College London and on the board of numerous bodies including the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He founded, with Professor Peter Hennessy, the Institute of Contemporary British History, and the Action For Happiness with Lord Layard and Geoff Mulgan.

Seldon’s books include Churchill’s Indian Summer, which won a Best First Work Prize; The Thatcher Effect; Major, A Political Life, Conservative Century; Number 10: The Illustrated History; Blair; Blair Unbound, Brown at 10 and Trust: How We Lost it and How to Get it Back. His latest book Public Schools and the Great War was published in November 2013. His education booklets include Public and Private Education: The Divide Must End and Partnership Not Paternalism, and An End To Factory Schools: An education manifesto 2010-2020. His recent lectures include: Why Schools? Why Universities? (Cass Lecture, 2010); and Why the Development of Good Character Matters More Than the Passing of Exams (Priestley Lecture, 2013)

Seldon is regarded as one of the country’s most high profile headmasters and appears regularly on television and radio and in the press, and writes for several national newspapers. His views on education have regularly been sought by the government and political parties. For fifteen years he has organised conferences which have helped set the education agenda, and he founded the Sunday Times Festival of Education. He is a passionate exponent of co-education, the International Baccalaureate, independent education, the teaching of happiness/well-being and the development of the all-round child.

He is married to Joanna, who also teaches and writes, and they have three children. According to ‘Who's Who’, his interests are sport, directing plays, family and old English sports cars.