Tony Little was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he was a Choral Exhibitioner and read English. With interests in literature, music, sport and drama, he slowly came to the realisation that a schoolmaster’s life might offer a breadth of activity that would be stimulating and an involvement with young people that would be rewarding.
Following teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge, he was appointed to the staff at Tonbridge School where he taught English and ran a sixth form student boarding house. After five years, he was appointed Head of English and Drama at Brentwood School. For five of his seven years at Brentwood he was also housemaster of a 13-18 boys’ boarding house. From Brentwood he was appointed Headmaster of Chigwell School in Essex.
Some seven years later, he became Headmaster of Oakham, a fully co-educational school of 1,050 pupils aged 10-18, over half of whom were boarders drawn from the UK and overseas. In September 2002, he took up his post as Head Master of Eton College, a full boarding school for 1300 boys. In 2015 he took up a role as Chief Education Officer for GEMS Education, an international schools’ group. He has been President of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition and Chairman of the Mvumi School Trust, Tanzania. He currently chairs a group linking schools in China with the west, is honorary president of the Boarding Schools Association and the governor of six independent and state schools.