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New head at Kelly College in Tavistock

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

Mark Semmence and family

Mark Semmence and family

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A NEW head teacher has been appointed at Kelly College in Tavistock.

Mark Semmence will take over on September 1 next year.

Mr Semmence, his wife Alison and their two young daughters will join Kelly College from Rugby School, where he is currently assistant headmaster.

Mr Semmence grew up and was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and at Durham, London and Warwick universities.

After his undergraduate degree at Durham, Mr Semmence taught at Ludgrove Prep School. He then spent nine years gaining business experience in the international sports marketing industry working in London, New York and Dubai with clients such as the IOC, ICC, ATP and the cricket and rugby World Cup organising committees, before returning to teaching.

Cricket has always been a passion in his life and he played for England Schools U19s and Durham University. He is now a member of the MCC Youth Cricket Committee and is also the MCC mentor for Durham University Cricket Club.

Mr Semmence said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Headmaster of Kelly College. From our first visit, Alison and I were struck by the warmth and sense of community and we are thrilled to be joining the Kelly family. This is a great school in a fantastic part of the country, and I look forward to building on the work of Dr Hawley and the Governors to deliver the next stage of the Foundation’s development”

A college spokesman said: “Mark’s blend of leadership, management, academic and business talent makes him a first rate choice to drive forward the foundation and we look forward to welcoming his whole family to Kelly College.”

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