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Private Equity Africa 2019


Peter was delighted to be the key note speaker at the Private Equity Africa Awards Gala Dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, raising money for the SOS Children's Villages UK charity. 

A very special SEN Christmas production


Just had to share this....Highgate Hill House School, a co-educational school in Devon for children with special educational needs, of which I am the founder, is celebrating a hugely successful Christmas Production to finish off an excellent year.

Pete's Visit Colegio Virgen del Carmen


Pete paid a visit to the famous Colegio Virgen del Carmen, which is an educational institution, created by the Congregación de los Carmelitas Descalzos and currently led by the Hermanos de la Sagrada Familia de Belley, with more than 100 years educating young Spanish generations. The educational philosophy of the school is based on the implementation of a personalised teaching that embraces the students' needs. This ideology goes in line with Highgate Hill House School's: Each child is different with different complex needs. The Community of Educators helps you to realise yourself as a person in a triple dimension: personal, community and spiritual.

Council chief executive receives tour of Highgate Hill House School's facilities

14th June 2017

THE chief executive officer of Devon County Council visited Highgate Hill House Special Needs School in Holsworthy on Wednesday, May 17, to see first-hand the excellent facilities and woodland surroundings in which the school is housed.


Phil Norrey enjoyed meeting and chatting with students and staff as well as meeting with the head teacher, chair of the board Julie Smith and Sir Peter Birkett, the ambassador for the school to discuss partnership opportunities.


Highgate Hill House School is a new day co-ed special school for up to only 35 children aged five to 16 years, with social, emotional and mental health needs, including autism. It is on the border with Devon and Cornwall, equidistant from Holsworthy, Bude and Launceston. The school’s motto is, ‘happy, successful students’.

Devon County Council Chief Executive Officer, Phil Norrey visited Highgate Hill House School. He is pictured with headteacher, chair of the board Julie Smith and Sir Peter Birkett, the ambassador for the school.



Sir Pete Birkett said: “I am delighted to champion a school that is providing much needed personalised learning opportunities for very special children. The staff expertise, facilities and surroundings provide the perfect environment for all children to thrive and reach their full potential — I am proud to be associated with Highgate Hill House School.


“The meeting today with Phil was most enjoyable, productive and a welcomed as we move forward together in partnership for the benefit of local children.”

Highgate provides places for children with Education and Healthcare Plans (EHCP) through the Local Authorities. The school also offers full and part-time places for children on the roll of other schools or for children that are home educated.


Individual meetings and tours can be arranged through the schools website, visit  for more information.

P5E visited Brunel Co Innovate Event

16th June 2017

P5e is the business that supports Co-Innovate Brunel program through hands-on mentoring offered by our CEO Sir Peter Birkett. In this year co-innovate exhibition, our company has a chance to connects to incredible innovation, research practices and the next generation of designers. 

Sir Peter Birkett was extremely impressed with some innovations in education such as the Green Schools Project, HUSH- The meditative remedies for stress, Rain Protective Pavilion, Sustainable packaging, STEM engaging Maze, or Parents Helping device. 

Private Equity Africa - Pete delighted to meet Sir Bob Geldof whom has done so much to help Africa

1 June 2017

Sir Peter Birkett met with Sir Bob Geldof, whom has contributed so much to Africa in the recent Private Equity Award 2017. They were both speakers at the event along with other philanthropists of Africa.

Sir Peter was the first to create and present a new award named Venture Philanthropy Africa focussing on investing in Children and Education in Africa.

Visit to University of Huddersfield

Tuesday 16 May

Vice Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan welcomes Pete back to the University of Huddersfield to reminisce and explore new opportunities.

Launch of Kids Learning Club

Saturday 13th May 2017

Sir Pete was delighted and proud to be at the launch of the Kids Learning Club, Jermyn Street Theatre London.

St Thomas University

Thursday 16th February 2017

Pete pictured outside St Thomas university - Texas where he launched the Universities new PhD in ethical leadership

Joy Special Education Needs School

February 2017

Pete visits the amazing Joy Special Education Needs school in Houston Texas

February 2017

Sir Pete Visits The Briarwood School

February 2017

Sir Pete had a most enjoyable visit to The Briarwood School in Texas

Sir Peter meets Sheik Abdullah

1st December 2016

Sir Peter delighted to meet with Sheik Abdullah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to explore  education partnership opportunities.

Sir meets Sir

July 2016

Sir Pete honoured to meet Sir Geoff Hurst and delighted to support charitable event at England game - Wembley stadium.





Sir Pete on a visit to High Elms Manor School

July 2016

I had an enjoyable morning visiting High Elms Manor School. The Montessori and Forest school approach is truly fascinating - the children are relaxed, friendly, confident, happy and actively engaged in hands on learning.







Visit to Istanbul and Turkey

March 2016

Sir Pete spent an enjoyable 3 days in Istanbul and Bursa (Turkey) visiting a number of Independent Primary and Secondary schools within the Bursa Sinav Koleji school group.    Talks are continuing on a range of fronts.

St Thomas University, Houston, Texas

February 2016

Sir Pete visited St Thomas University in Houston Texas to explore potential partnership and teacher recruitment opportunities.   These discussions will continue when the Deputy Dean visits England in July 2016.


Sir Peter appointed Consultant Chairman of the Institute of Independent Business (IIB)

June 2015

Teach Talks Magazine - Special Feature,

January 2015

Careers Advice on the move - the importance of the Sunday drive... A Teach Talks exclusive feature from Sir Peter.


"I was delighted to write a few words on a topic of great interest to me.


Today there are so many exciting opportunities especially in the 14-18 vocational education arena. This is the time for school and college leaders to be creative and raise the profile of vocational qualifications, skills and apprenticeships."

Out and About - Recent Visits


Over the last few months, Sir Peter has visited a number of schools, including his former Secondary School, Frederick Gough Comprehensive in Scunthorpe.


p5e has also attended several education business events, including UKTI International Conference. We're looking forward to the BETT 2015 conference in the coming weeks.

A return to Frederick Gough for Sir Peter.

December 2014

Year 9 students at the Frederick Gough School enjoyed an assembly with a difference, when education entrepreneur and former student Sir Peter Birkett returned to the school to encourage all students to aim high, be respectful, work hard and reach their goals.   

During what is an important year for the students, Sir Peter discussed how best they should make their year 10 options and explained how experience of broader subjects, dedication, resilience, belief, kindness, forgiveness and common sense were essential qualities in life.

All go at p5e!

October 10 2014

Its been a busy couple of months for p5e, we're rather pleased with ourselves…


  • Created an independent schools group company (OACE) LTD

  • Developed a vision and strategy for the Group

  • Identified a number of private schools that will join the Group in 2014/15

  • Currently developing a Schools Facilities Management Company to provide services for the Group

  • Formed an Education Foundation

  • Developed business strategy for Teach Education (school supply teaching agency)

  • Advised and supported a Marketing & PR Communications Company (Innovation Marketing).

Welcome to p5e

September 2014

Welcome to Passion5Excellence. 


Helping education and skills institutions develop innovative and entrepreneurial practises to drive up performance - delivering excellence for the benefit of students.

Sir Peter Birkett at The House of Lords

29th March 2018

Highgate Hill House School Founder and Director, Sir Peter Birkett, has recently visited The House of Lords, the upper house of the UK parliament in London, to help raise the profile of the school and to discuss the need to open up learning through the use of mobile technology.


In his role as Education Ambassador for Women's Coin™, a cryptocurrency that empowers women through education, Sir Peter Birkett launched a discussion in The House of Lords on the 'women's coin foundation' which will deliver education, training and a knowledge platform to equip and empower women and girls to reach their potential.


50% of pre-tax profits from Women's Coin™ crypto-currency will be donated to the Women's Coin Foundation™ (WCF). The foundation has a very simple mission – to empower women through the use of blockchain technology and deliver humanitarian support.


Essentially, anyone with a mobile phone can access web-enabled skill training via the Foundation.


More than 100 international corporations and individuals (banks, telecommunication agencies, law firms, investment groups, universities, and female-focused organizations) attended the conversation at the House of Lords.


Sir Peter Birkett said: “As a British Educator of 30 years, it was a real honour to take part in this discussion at The House of Lords. The impact of technology within educational settings is something that I'm very passionate about, both in my role at Women's Coin™ and at Highgate Hill House School.


“It was a great opportunity for me to share the amazing successes of our special educational needs school in the heart of Devon, with some very influential businesses and investors from around the world” Sir Peter added.

For more information about Highgate Hill House School, please visit, email or call 01288 341998.

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