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New Head Announcement

Tue 20th Mar 2018

Announcement from Ken Peare, 

Chairman of the Board of Governors

'On behalf of the Governors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Ronan as Head of The King’s Hospital school, with effect from January 2019.  Mark is currently Headmaster of Pocklington School in Yorkshire.

A Cambridge Economics graduate, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Business Studies and Economics, Mark has been dedicated to the field of secondary education for over 20 years - 11 of which have been as Headmaster - and it is a source of great pride to us that we have the opportunity to work with him as, together, we lead a school with such a rich tradition into the future.

Mark will leave an impressive legacy at Pocklington School, a co-educational school of 770 pupils, both boarding and day.  During his time there, he was an inspiration to his pupils and, through a wide range of initiatives, ensured that they were able to perform to the very best of their abilities, both within and outside the classroom.

Prior to his successful time at Pocklington, Mark was the Deputy Head - Academic in Trent College, Nottingham. Over his 4 years in this post, he implemented a programme of academic development that ultimately lead to significantly improved grades and academic performance across the school.

Mark’s experience also extends to the management and structure of boarding schools. He served as Housemaster, Secretary of the Senior Common Room, and Assistant to the Director of Studies during his 10 years at Rugby School, Warwickshire. Here, he was also Head of Economics and Business Studies, coached the school's hockey and cricket teams, while also representing his colleagues and acting as a mentor to a number of Heads of Department and Housemasters.

With the benefit of Mark’s proven track record - working in three large, historic boarding schools, with an innovative and progressive approach to all aspects of school life, from academic to extra-curricular and pastoral care - we look forward to him leading The King's Hospital to continued success in the years ahead.

Mark and his wife Fiona will be living on campus and are extremely enthusiastic about being part of what is a very vibrant community.  In particular, Mark is looking forward to working with the whole school community - pupils, parents, past pupils, colleagues and governors - on the KH 350th anniversary celebrations.

This is an exciting time for The King’s Hospital and we are sure that you will join us in welcoming Mark to the school.

On a personal note, and on behalf of the Board of Governors, Staff and Students of the school, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Headmaster, John Rafter, for the outstanding contribution he has made to The King's Hospital over the past 40 years.  John leaves a very proud legacy for Mark to build on and we wish him every happiness in his forthcoming retirement, which will take place in December 2018.'




  • Mark Ronan Head The King's Hospital from January 2019