Bury St Edmunds headteacher - known as a champion of state education - to take up role at Eton

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A Bury St Edmunds headteacher who has championed state education for 30 years is to take up a role at the school for the elite Eton.

Geoff Barton, of King Edward VI School, will venture into the heart of the establishment after being asked to join the steering committee of Eton College’s new Centre for Innovation and Research.

It will give him the chance to share his expertise in comprehensive education with the renowned private school, whose alumni include David Cameron and Boris Johnson. He will also bring ideas back to King Edward’s.

The new role follows a work-shadowing venture between Mr Barton and the headmaster at Bedales independent school, in Hampshire, earlier this year.

He said: “This is a significant - if unexpected - honour.

“Following my invitation to Bedales School in Hampshire earlier this year, I learnt a great deal which I have brought back to King Edward’s.

“I look very much to contributing some insights from my 30 years of teaching (13 as headteacher) to one of the world’s most famous independent schools, and to bringing back ideas to enrich our work here in Suffolk.”

Mr Barton was given the role after recently being appointed as chairman of the Pedagogy Committee for the Association of School and College Leaders.

The steering committee will meet once a term to provide advice and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the centre’s director. It also aims to build links with individuals, schools and universities.