Pocklington head encourages school ambition

Pocklington School’s new headmaster, Toby Seth, has laid out his vision for taking the school forward

Seth took over the reins on 1 January and commented on the atmosphere of positivity throughout the school during his first week.

Seth was previously deputy head at the King’s School in Macclesfield.

There’s a real sense of positivity, a feeling of working together and that every single person is genuinely part of a strong community

He said: “There are three aspects to Pocklington School which are particularly exciting. I like to think of these as the pillars of Pocklington. These are the strengths that give us the chance to further develop this already excellent school.

“One is the prioritisation of academic study, which is evident in the enthusiasm and focus of teachers and pupils alike. The second is the wonderful range of co-curricular activities and the expectation that everybody, staff and pupils, is engaged in those. Third is the wellbeing of pupils and staff: the number of people actively engaged in promoting the school community’s welfare is really heartening. Pupils always have someone to turn to should they need support.”

The school is in the process of re-examining its core values of courage, truth and trust, and Seth asked pupils and staff to focus on a related attribute: ambition. He urged all members of the community to set themselves aspirational goals and be ambitious for their future.

He said: “There’s a real sense of positivity, a feeling of working together and that every single person is genuinely part of a strong community.”


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