My focus is to ensure that every student leaves us having achieved their personal best, with the confidence and self-awareness to succeed on their own terms
Schooldays are a time of self-discovery and growth, when we begin to learn more about our skills, talents and interests and forge relationships that endure. Yet learning is a life-long skill because we never stop adapting and undertaking new challenges, so it is easy to forget that the business of learning can involve a lot of effort, not to mention a bit of risk.
Our most important task at Pocklington is to maintain a supportive environment where pupils can explore, learn, grow and make mistakes in a community where they feel happy, safe, relaxed and yet purposeful in their learning.
This approach means that our pupils have the confidence to take on a wide range of academic, creative and sporting activities, alongside teaching that encourages curiosity and personal initiative to make learning enjoyable.
These are the foundations for academic success, and I find it particularly rewarding to see Pocklingtonians go on to achieve in fields such as the arts, the professions, the Armed Forces, and business. Most are proud to maintain close contact with the Pocklington community and support each other in their careers. Many also engage with the present generation of students through active participation in our work- experience programme for sixth formers.
These values have helped to sustain the school for 500 years. Much has changed in education over the centuries but our Founder – clergyman and lawyer, John Dolman, would be proud that his original vision and ethos enshrined in the 1514 school motto: ‘Virtute et Veritate’ (With Courage and With Truth) continues to inform the life of the modern school.
Today my focus is to ensure that every pupil leaves us having achieved their personal best, with the confidence and self-awareness to succeed on their own terms – in short, inspired for life.
The best way to see how we do this is to come and meet the pupils, teachers and support staff that make our school special. Please feel free to come and visit.
I hope to welcome you soon.
Mark Ronan MA (Cantab)