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Head Master’s Welcome

Mount Kelly Head Master Mark SemmenceMount Kelly, set on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, combines academic excellence, an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom and exceptional pastoral care.  We are a fully co-educational School for children aged between 3 and 18 and offer day, flexi and full boarding.

We have high expectations and this encourages our pupils to believe in themselves, to be inquisitive, to be resilient and to show ambition both in and out of the classroom. Our pupils feel happy and valued, which in turn gives them the confidence, social awareness and enthusiasm for life-long learning needed to succeed in a fast changing world.

Respect for tradition and an openness to innovation are valued and we encourage our pupils to work with, and learn from each other, whilst also showing moral courage to stand up for what they believe. I am confident that we can challenge and develop all those who come to us at whatever age, stretching the most able whilst supporting those who occasionally need a helping hand.

I hope this website gives you a glimpse of what Mount Kelly has to offer - but it can only be a foretaste. We would be delighted to arrange a visit so that you can see the way we work, and experience the atmosphere and spirit of Mount Kelly for yourself.

Mark Semmence
Head Master and Principal of the Foundation

Mark grew up and was educated at Hurstpierpoint College and at Durham (BA & MBA), London (PGCE) and Warwick (MA) Universities.

After his undergraduate degree at Durham, Mark taught at Ludgrove Prep School before spending a decade in the international sports marketing sector working in London, New York and Dubai. He worked with clients as varied as the IOC, ICC, ATP and the Cricket and Rugby World Cup organising committees.

He then decided to follow his heart and return to the classroom, and having completed a PGCE, he joined the staff at Rugby School to teach economics and run the cricket. After undertaking many roles across the School, Mark was appointed as Assistant Head Master, a position he held for three years before taking on the Headship at Mount Kelly.

Cricket has always been a passion, and Mark played for a number of representative sides including England Schools U19s and Durham University. He is now a member of the HMC Sports Committee as well as being the MCC mentor for Durham University Cricket Club.