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DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT AND SCHOOL NEWS NEW HEADMASTER 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 1 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 (70-79), 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 OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE ART & DESIGN TECHNOLOGY CENTRE Pocklington School’s new £3m Art and Design Technology Centre was officially opened on Friday 18 May 2018, in a ceremony attended by more than 150 guests including campaign donors, Governors, staff and students. Three years after the school announced plans to launch a fundraising campaign to raise the £2 million needed to build the new centre, guests were able to see how the success of the campaign had made the school’s vision to continue its great tradition of inspiring creative minds a reality. Campaign patron and donor, York-born actress Dame Judi Dench, sent a special message to those gathered at the event, saying she was unable to attend as she was in the middle of filming, but she is delighted at the success of the campaign and sends congratulations to you all. The Centre was officially opened by Campaign President Lord Halifax, who cut the opening ribbon helped by three Pocklington School students, all of whom who are already benefiting from the Centre’s well-equipped studios, workshops and open, light- filled spaces. Lord Halifax praised the “fantastic support” of the Pocklington School community for providing the facilities for future generations of art, design and technology students to develop their talents. Art student Florence Colbeck, who designed the laser cut, corten steel centrepiece to the Centre’s opening foyer, said: “We now have the opportunity 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. “Jess, Cora, Arthur and I are very much looking forward to joining you towards the end of this calendar year and becoming part of the wider Pocklington community. I should like to thank the Governors for the faith they have placed in me and I look forward to visiting the school again during the Michaelmas term.” 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.” to try out a greater range of techniques and there’s room to display our work, too, so we can learn from each other.” Magnus Swann, an art, design and photography student, said: “I’m excited about all the new kit for photography students – and the fact the rooms are so big and light.” The Centre, which has impressive facilities for the pursuit of design technology, art, photography and related disciplines, was designed by York architect Simon Mitchell, of the Mitchell Design Consultancy, and built by Hull-based construction firm Houlton. Headmaster Mark Ronan praised the design and construction teams, and thanked school staff for their hard work to ensure the project ran smoothly, which had been crucial to its success. Old Pocklingtonian Professor Steven Kyffin (70-77), now Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Enterprise) at Northumbria University and Campaign Patron, praised the school’s long-standing recognition that creativity and innovation are the driving force behind any successful workplace. He said: “When I came here in 1970 it changed my life for ever. It made me creative, it made me a trader, it made me understand what it is to connect all the disciplines – all the things this department does so well, and will continue to do so well, to equip present students to go on and lead in the future.” Recalling the school’s famous early pupil, the slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce, he added: “Wilberforce changed the way we understand humanity and how we exploit humanity. What’s been happening here now, and has been happening for the last 50 years, is about how we create our future in a different way, bringing the disciplines 11