New Head appointed at Pocklington School

Pocklington School is delighted to announce that it has appointed Toby Seth, currently Deputy Head at the King’s School in Macclesfield, as its new Head.

Toby, who takes over from Mark Ronan on 1st January 2019, has been at the King’s School for six years. He was previously Assistant Head at Godolphin and Latymer School, London, and before that taught at Wellington College and Dulwich College, having read Modern and Medieval Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge.  He also holds an MA in Leadership in Education.

Tim Stephenson, Chair of Governors at Pocklington School, said: “Toby really impressed all Governors involved in the rigorous selection process, up against many highly qualified candidates. He has excellent experience, a sharp understanding of Pocklington School’s strengths, a passion for education and he identifies very well with the ethos of the School. We are excited by the prospect of Toby leading the Pocklington School Foundation forward, cherishing and maintaining the values we hold dear, and bringing a new and fresh perspective.”

Toby is a keen sportsman, coaching rugby, tennis and football, and has a strong interest in the arts. He is married to Jess, who is also a teacher. They have two young children, Cora and Arthur. 

Toby said: “I am deeply honoured and tremendously excited to be leading the Pocklington School community from January 2019. On every visit to Pocklington I have been struck by the strong sense of warmth, care and individual attention offered to the pupils as well as the wonderful relationships that exist between staff and pupils.

“The breadth of opportunities available to all in the community is equally impressive.  I am both confident and ambitious to further improve this already excellent school.”

Mark Ronan will leave Pocklington at the end of the Michaelmas term to take up the post of Headmaster of The King’s Hospital School in Dublin. Tim Stephenson added: “After eleven very successful years at Pocklington we wish Mark every success. He has made (and continues to make) a great contribution to our community. Toby’s appointment marks the start of a new era, building on the very firm foundations on which Pocklington School has been established.”