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Management and Responsibilities

The Foundation oversees the financial and day-today management of both Pocklington Prep School and Pocklington School.

It also manages the Tom Stoppard Theatre and supports the activities of the Old Pocklingtonians (our society for former pupils). The Foundation is led by the Headmaster who is accountable to the Board of Governors.

The Pocklington School Foundation is managed through:


*Mr T D G Seth MA (Cantab), Headmaster
*Mr R B Bloxwich MA FCA, Bursar and Clerk to the Governors
*Miss L J Powell MA, Senior Deputy Head (Academic)
*Mr M J Davies BA,  Deputy Head (Pastoral), Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
*Dr S McNamee BSc PhD, External Relations Director
Mr P J Donaldson BA, Assistant Head (Academic Administration)
Mr G J Hughes MA, Assistant Head (Staff Development & School Operations)
Mrs S J Hughes BSc, Head of Lower School
Mr I Hashim BA, Head of Middle School
Mr T J  Morris BSc, Head of Sixth Form
Mrs A E Morgan PGDip MA, Head of Student Wellbeing, Designated Safeguarding Lead


*Ms S Ward LLB PgDip, Head of Pocklington Prep School
Mrs S A Cobb BSc, Deputy Head of Prep School, Head of Pre-Prep 
Mr J R Parker BA, Assistant Head (Co-Curriculum)
Mrs J Cliff BA, Assistant Head (Curriculum)
Mrs K Dewhirst BA Designated Safeguarding Lead Prep School


Mr A P Clark, Health and Safety Advisor
Mrs S Conroy Assoc CIPD, Human Resource Manager
Mrs L C Gibbs, Domestic Services Manager 
Mrs N Holmes FCCA, Finance and Operations Manager
Mrs J Knott, Commercial and Lettings Manager
Mr R Lonsdale, Network Manager
Mr M G Partis, Estates Manager
Mrs A Ward, Headmaster's PA

Each school manager shares in the following responsibilities, duties and commitments:

  • The promotion of child welfare and ensuring the safeguarding of children.
  • The promotion of the aims, values and practice of the Foundation.
  • Involvement with, and interest in, the pupils of the Foundation.
  • Support for the boarding community.
  • Maintenance of good order and discipline including reinforcement of school rules.
  • Contact and involvement with parents, support for events and activities.
  • Positive and effective leadership of and encouragement to all employees.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Significant pupil and staff issues.
  • Foundation development including teaching and learning.
  • Operation of the Foundation.
  • Financial planning and oversight.
  • Estate development and oversight.
  • External relations.
  • Inspection
  • A member of the Critical Incident Team.

The Headmaster, Head of Prep School, Deputy Headmaster and Bursar attend full meetings of the Board of Governors. Most governors’ committees include one or more Foundation or School managers, either as members or in attendance.

* Foundation responsibility

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