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FAREWELL
IAN WRIGHT
After over 11 years of leadership , Ian is saying farewell not only to the Prep School but also to the UK , taking a courageous step in his career , leading the Prep School at St Andrew ’ s , Turi , in Kenya . He will be missed by pupils past and present who hold him in high regard , and rightly so : Ian knows every pupil – their name , their personality , their strengths . He takes delight in their achievements and is nurturing in his support for them . For the pupils to recognise their Head as a fair and principled leader has shaped their own values , providing a springboard for their individual futures .
Ian will be remembered by the Prep staff for being compassionate ( the box of tissues proffered during many a tearful meeting !) and supportive in times of personal difficulty . He is a family man , and his understanding of staff as people in their own right with busy family lives has been the bedrock of his leadership .
What has been mentioned so far may come as no surprise , but there are other aspects of Ian ’ s time at the Prep School which are not so well known . Firstly , there ’ s the speed at which he can drive a minibus through the North Yorkshire countryside in order to deliver a group of pupils to the start line of a cross country in time !
Then there ’ s his stint as a Michael Bublé impersonator to help celebrate a member of staff ’ s 40th birthday – staff could barely tell the difference !
In fact , he is a game participant in staff social events – he proved himself to be rather good during a staff rounders match and once descended a flight of stairs in record time to pop a giant bubble before it reached the ground floor – all in the name of completing David Tyrrell ’ s bubble challenge .
Ian can while away plenty of time talking about cycling . He once cycled directly into the TST , fully clad in lycra , at his own request , to receive his wellearned medal for a recent bike ride .
All the best for pastures new in Africa !
WENDY WRIGHT
It is incredible to think of the roles that Wendy has been juggling over the years , but you wouldn ’ t know most of the time ; Wendy is so professional , calm , dedicated and unbelievably organised !
Wendy took over International Admissions from Sue Bosworth in September 2011 at the same time as taking on the role of Housemistress for Dolman Boarding House . At the time , there were only twelve international students in the school so Wendy might have been lulled into a false sense of security about the size of the International Admissions job ! The first student that Wendy saw through the admissions process was Raul Haque – a great start !
Over the past few years , Wendy has been the driving force behind the school ’ s increased success with attracting international students . She has expanded the school ’ s horizons and built relationships with educational agents from many countries , bringing students from Spain , Germany , Italy , France , Nigeria , Hong Kong , mainland China , Malaysia , Romania , Russia , Ukraine , Eritrea , Turkey ...
She ’ s not afraid to travel to keep Pocklington ’ s name at the top of the pile with overseas agents , and she has an amazing ability to grab any and every opportunity to sleep – on flights , in airports , trains , chairs , taxis , buses , subways – at any time , day or night . Apparently , this is all down to her ‘ extreme training ’ during her time as Dolman Boarding Housemistress .
As a teacher and housemistress , Wendy was so nurturing and supportive of the pupils in her care , investing her time in each individual and pushing them to achieve the best they could . She has also been a fantastic support with the German Exchange and will always have fond memories of many successful exchange trips .
All best wishes for the future .
The sense of community and kinship felt amongst pupils , parents and staff at the Prep School is in no small part down to Ian whose Christian values underpin his belief in togetherness and collaboration . His time in charge of Dolman House and regular participation in residentials and trips to France only serve to highlight his commitment to developing the whole child , recognising the need for a broad educational experience .

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