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Sir Peter Birkett

Fountain Head House School first opened its doors to pupils in 2021, after Sir Peter came across an FE College campus on Church Road in Saltash that had recently announced its plans to close, which offered an extensive site in a convenient location. The site now offers places to pupils with additional needs from Saltash, Plymouth and the surrounding areas.


Recognised as a pioneer in the education sector, Sir Peter Birkett has served as a Government and Department for Education advisor and was awarded a knighthood in the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours for services to Further Education and the Academy movement. This model of success has since been adopted across the UK and further afield.

Among his many projects, Sir Peter founded P5e, an education consultancy firm set up to help schools and colleges improve their overall performance.  This inspired him to open and develop SEN schools, to help children with special educational needs achieve their full potential.  

He is also a member of the Worshipful Company of Educators and is founding Chairman of the Educational Wealth fund, an organisation which was created to transform our education system and lead it into the 21st Century with its unique vision. Sir Peter is also a member of the Independent Schools Association and the Independent Schools Council.

The Educational Wealth Fund was established in the UK to provide children everywhere with learning environments that inspire creativity and empower them to achieve their potential through an endowment fund.  This fund will help narrow the gap between the private and state sectors by directing capital wealth where it is most needed.  The creation of learning environments with a strong focus on nature and fostering relationships with the outdoors to create a sense of environmental guardianship in each child is another central priority.  Other key objectives of the EWF are sustainability and an understanding of culture and diversity with an aim to promote equality. Skills to develop peaceful resolutions to problems at every level will be developed, as well as ensuring mental health is at the core of every framework of study. 

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