Anne Cotton is the first female Head of The Portsmouth Grammar School, and is also Chair of the Portsmouth Festivities, an annual city-wide celebration of young people and the arts.

Anne studied Classics at Christ Church, Oxford, where she was awarded a double first and later completed her DPhil. Her book, Platonic Dialogue and the Education of the Reader, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Anne began her teaching career at The Henry Box School, a maintained school in Witney, where she became Head of Classics. In 2009, Anne joined Magdalen College School, Oxford, where she has successively been Head of Lower School, Head of Upper School, Assistant Head and Deputy Head (Education Development). She holds an MA in Education.

During her school years at Francis Holland School, Anne studied music at the Junior Academy in London, and she retains a keen musical interest. In 2013, Anne was invited to become Director of Oxford Festival of the Arts, forging creative partnerships with theatres, museums, charities and businesses, as well as launching an extensive programme of outreach with Oxfordshire schools.

Anne is married to John, and they have two children.