27 Facts About Anthony Seldon


Sir Anthony Francis Seldon was born on 2 August 1953 and is a British educator and contemporary historian.


Anthony Seldon was the 13th Master of Wellington College, one of Britain's co-educational independent boarding schools.


Anthony Seldon was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham from 2015 to 2020, when he was succeeded by James Tooley.


Anthony Seldon was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History, is the co-founder of Action for Happiness, is a governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and is on the board of a number of charities and educational bodies.


Anthony Seldon is honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street and a member of the First World War Centenary Culture Committee.


Anthony Seldon was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to education and modern political history.


Anthony Seldon's father was the child of Jewish immigrants who fled anti-semitic pogroms in Russia.


Anthony Seldon was educated first at Bickley Park School, then Tonbridge School, followed by Worcester College, Oxford, where he received a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.


Anthony Seldon then obtained a PhD degree in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1981.


Anthony Seldon has an MBA degree from the Polytechnic of Central London.


Anthony Seldon's first teaching appointment was at Whitgift School in Croydon in 1983.


Anthony Seldon became Head of Politics and taught in the Sixth Form there.


Anthony Seldon then became Headmaster of Brighton College from September 1997 until he joined Wellington College in January 2006 as its 13th Master.


Anthony Seldon became Executive Principal at The Wellington Academy in 2013.


Anthony Seldon took a three-month sabbatical from January to March 2014.


Anthony Seldon announced on 23 April 2014 that he would be leaving Wellington College in the summer of 2015, after nearly ten years as the 13th Master.


Anthony Seldon has written a number of booklets on education, including Private and Public Education: The Divide Must End ; Partnership not Paternalism ; An End To Factory Schools ; The Politics of Optimism ; and School United.


Anthony Seldon is a head teacher and appears on television and radio and in the press, and has written regularly for national newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.


Anthony Seldon has honorary doctorates or fellowships from the University of Buckingham, the University of Brighton and Richmond University and is a former Professor of Education at the College of Teachers.


Anthony Seldon is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Arts.


Anthony Seldon was appointed a Fellow of King's College London in 2013.


Anthony Seldon was knighted in the Queen's 2014 Birthday Honours list.


In 1986 Anthony Seldon co-founded, with Professor Peter Hennessy, the Institute of Contemporary British History, a body whose aim is to promote research into, and the study of, British history since 1945.


Anthony Seldon is a co-founder of Action for Happiness with Richard Layard, and Geoff Mulgan.


Anthony Seldon is a patron of The Iris Project, which runs literacy schemes through Latin in schools in deprived urban areas and of DrugFAM, which supports families affected by a loved one's abuse of drugs or alcohol.


Anthony Seldon was a Board Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was Executive Producer of the 2017 film version of Journey's End.


Anthony Seldon was married to Joanna Pappworth, who died from endocrine cancer in December 2016.