Dr Katy Ricks to leave Sevenoaks for new role at KES

After nearly 17 years of leadership at Sevenoaks School, Dr Katy Ricks has accepted the post of Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham. She will become the first female Chief Master in the school’s 466-year history.

Dr Ricks has been Head of Sevenoaks School since 2002. During that time she has overseen the completion of the school’s full transition to the IB, the introduction of its own externally moderated exams, the Sevenoaks School Certificates, the development of the school campus and further curriculum innovations.

Under her leadership, Sevenoaks has twice been the Sunday Times Independent Secondary School of the Year, in 2008 and 2018, and the school has grown its influence in the local community through the sponsorship of Knole Academy, the creation of Kent Academies Network and the fostering of other community partnerships.

Like Sevenoaks, King Edward’s School is one of a very small number of high-achieving all-IB independent schools in the UK. It is the flagship school of the Foundation of Schools of King Edward VI.

Dr Ricks said, 'I don’t need to say what a wrench leaving Sevenoaks will be, but the opportunity to bring the experience I have gained here to a different school in a different part of the country where I have connections is really exciting. I will be sad, but proud, to leave an outstanding team of staff here at Sevenoaks to continue to deliver the school’s unique vision.'

The Chair of Governors, Mr Nicholas Gould, said, 'Academic and co-curricular excellence and innovation have been the hallmark of Dr Ricks’ leadership, together with the creation of a raft of superb new facilities, and a growing number of assisted places supported by a successful philanthropic ethos.

'The Governors all feel much gratitude to Dr Ricks for her exceptional service to Sevenoaks School and wish her every success in her new role.'

Dr Katy Ricks

Dr Katy Ricks was Head of Sevenoaks School from 2002 to 2019. She has enjoyed a distinguished academic career.

Before moving to Sevenoaks Dr Katy Ricks was Deputy Head (Academic) at Highgate School. Her previous posts included Head of English at St Edward's School, Oxford, where she was involved in the planning for full co-education, and she also taught at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Latymer Upper School.

Katy was educated at Camden School for Girls and Balliol College, Oxford, where she studied English, graduating with first class honours. After three years at Balliol as a postgraduate she then joined the staff of St Paul's Girls' School. In 2013 she completed her DPhil, with a thesis entitled: The weight of a whole author on my shoulders: Dryden's Virgil.

Katy has served as Trustee of the Turner Contemporary Trust and Secretary to the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors membership. She is married to David Ricks, Professor of Modern Greek & Comparative Literature at King's College London.