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New Headmaster appointed

The Governors have appointed Scott Carnochan to be Headmaster of Holmewood House School from September 2017, to succeed James Marjoribanks who is retiring after seven years of distinguished service.

There has been a rigorous recruitment process led by a specialist education recruitment company, RSAcademics, who worked closely with the Governors’ selection panel, which included the Heads of Tonbridge School and Walthamstow Hall and the recently retired Head of Eastbourne College.  There was a large field of applicants; predominantly they were highly experienced Preparatory School Heads and some Deputies and also applicants from senior schools and overseas.  Following three days of preliminary interviews and two days of long list interviews, a short list of four very successful Prep School Heads was selected by the Governors.  From this final interview group Scott was unanimously chosen as our next Head.

Scott Carnochan is in his 7th year as Head of Sedbergh Preparatory School, Cumbria and was responsible for leading the merger of Sedbergh Junior School with Casterton School.  His school doubled in size between 2010 and 2015 and since he took up the Headship, each academic year has started with its largest school roll.  His Year 8 leavers have a 100% pass rate at Common Entrance and numerous successes in 13+ scholarships to top independent schools across the UK, as well as many moving up to the senior school.

Before being appointed to Sedbergh Preparatory School, Scott was Head of Boarding at Repton Preparatory School, which followed seven years as Housemaster at St John’s College School, Cambridge.  Earlier in his career he taught at Hillcrest Preparatory School in Nairobi, one of Kenya’s leading schools, giving him a wide range of different prep school experience and a set of excellent references to match.

Scott graduated from Heriot-Watt University and completed his post-graduate training at Nottingham University.  He played 1st XI cricket at school, was captain of rugby at school and county level and played international rugby representing Scotland at U18 and student level.

New Headmaster


Scott and his wife Kate plan to visit Holmewood House over the next two terms and they look forward to meeting staff, pupils and parents.  It is also worth mentioning that they have two young children, Poppy aged 9 and Rufus aged 4 who will be joining the school next academic year.  The whole Carnochan family looks forward very much indeed to being members of the Holmewood community and we warmly welcome them and wish them every deserved success and happiness with us in the future.













Jeremy Thompson

Chairman of Governors

November 2016