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Patricia Adams has been appointed
Head of St Mary’s School, Buckinghamshire.
She replaces Mrs Jean Ross, who retired at the end of this academic year.
Mrs Adams was formerly Academic Deputy Head at Blackheath High School for Girls, which, like St Mary’s, is an all-through school for girls aged 3-18. She has a wealth of experience in girls’ education,
Mr Paul Bambrough is the new Head of The Purcell School, Hertfordshire. He will take the new
job title of Principal.
Mr Bambrough is currently Vice- Principal at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he has responsibility for all aspects of
the day-to-day running of the institution, the artistic programme, curriculum and collaborative partnerships. He teaches within the Department of Vocal and Operatic
Jonathan
Cohen has been appointed as the next Headmaster of Plymouth College, Devon.
Jonathan is currently Deputy Head at Brentwood School in Essex and previously worked at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire and King’s Bruton in Somerset. Prior to entering teaching, he worked in investment banking, working for Lehman Brothers and later UBS.
Jonathan has a keen interest in sport, particularly rugby, football, hockey and cricket, having played and coached extensively.
Keith Metcalfe, currently the Deputy Head at Harrow, will be the new Headmaster of
Malvern College from April 2019.
Keith was educated at Monmouth School and Downing College, Cambridge and Malvern College
having previously worked in Senior Leadership at Norwich High School for Girls, Oxford High School, where she was Head of Upper School and Head of Spanish, as well as Headington School, Oxford, where she held the position of Head of Modern Languages.
Mrs Adams read Modern Languages at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, studied for her masters in Applied Linguistics at Essex University and returned to Oxford for her PGCE teaching qualification.
Studies as well as contributing
to undergraduate programmes in Pedagogy, the postgraduate Lecture Recital module, and the Orchestral Conducting course.
As a tenor, Paul has performed
at most of the UK’s foremost concert halls and cathedrals. He is a harpsichordist, organist and pianist and has had the good fortune to work as a Repetiteur with some of the world’s finest singers.
Away from music he enjoys the countryside, architecture and maintains a (largely) enthusiastic fitness routine.
His other interests include politics and international affairs, the performing arts and, of course, education. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and is soon to complete his Doctorate in Education. He will be joined in Plymouth by his
wife Clare, currently a boarding housemistress and teacher of Chemistry, and their three children, Charlie, Eleanor and Josephine.
Jonathan takes up his post in
April 2019, succeeding Jonathan Standen who becomes Headmaster of Harrow International School Bangkok.
looks forward to welcoming him at the start of the Summer term in 2019.
He succeeds Antony Clark who has been Headmaster at Malvern for 10 years. Antony moves to take up the role of Headmaster of Michaelhouse, a prestigious boarding senior school for boys, in South Africa.
Mrs Sarah Morris is the new Headmistress at Birchfield School, Shropshire, the first female Head
in the school’s history. After four years as Headmistress at Norfolk House School in Birmingham, Sarah is returning to Birchfield School where she was once Deputy Head.
During her 18 years in the independent sector, she has
Pocklington School, Yorkshire, has announced 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
previously carried out roles as Director of Studies and Deputy Head and enjoyed sharing her passion for literature and foreign languages throughout her teaching career. With a BA (Hons) in English and a PGCE (Primary), she has recently completed a Master’s Degree.
In wider educational roles, she
is currently Treasurer for the ISA Midlands region and sits on the ISA Inspections Committee.
Modern and Medieval Languages at Trinity College, Cambridge. He also holds an MA in Leadership in Education.
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.
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.
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