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Jesse Elzinga will replace Katy Ricks as head of Sevenoaks School

By Alan Smith

There's over a year to go, but the governors of Sevenoaks School have already announced who will take over as head from Dr Katy Ricks in September 2020.

It will be Jesse Elzinga.

Mr Elzinga has been headmaster of Reading Blue Coat School in Berkshire since 2016. During his tenure the school has enjoyed the best academic results in its history.

Previously, he was director of studies at Harrow, where he broadened the school’s academic curriculum. He has also at St Edward’s School in Oxford as director of studies and IB coordinator.

He started his career at Whitgift School as a teacher of theology and philosophy.

New head Jesse Elzinga
New head Jesse Elzinga

He holds a degree in comparative religion and philosophy from Harvard and a Master of Studies in ethical philosophy from Oxford.

Mr Elzinga said: “It is a tremendous privilege to have been selected as the next Head of Sevenoaks School, particularly following the remarkable vision and leadership of Dr Ricks.

"The Sevenoaks' education is unique: global in its outlook, yet also rooted in the local community, committed to service and partnership.

" I will champion the strengths of its broad education, and build on its appetite for innovation.

"The next chapter of the school is an important one, as we continue to develop an inspiring campus for the future, and also build a foundation that ensures that the remarkable education is as accessible to as many pupils as possible.

"My family and I very much look forward to our move to Kent, and joining the Sevenoaks community. Personally, I am itching to go for my first run in Knole Park.”

Ian Doherty, chairman of Governors at the School, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Elzinga to Sevenoaks.

"He will deliver a wealth of academic leadership, a passion for the International Baccalaureate, and a forward-thinking perspective. "

Katy Ricks is moving to pastures new
Katy Ricks is moving to pastures new

Dr Ricks has served the school as head or the past 17 years. She is off to King Edwards School in Birmingham at the end of this term.

During the year's interim, Theresa Homewood, senior deputy head since 2012, will take charge as acting head. Mrs Homewood has been at the school since 1980. She is also chairman of governors at Knowle Academy.

For more information about Sevenoaks School click here.

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