Senior Management Team
Dr Simon Hyde, Headmaster
Dr Hyde was born in Macclesfield and is passionate about King’s playing its full role in the local community for the benefit of the town and its people. After reading Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford, Dr Hyde completed his doctorate at Oxford and the University of Bonn. He is an ISI Inspector and has judged national and international debating competitions at school and university level.Dr Hyde is a former pupil of The King’s School and his career has taken him to some of England’s finest schools. He was previously Deputy Headmaster of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, Hertfordshire. He was at the school for 7 years and had particular responsibility for school development and strategic planning. His previous appointments were as Senior Teacher and Head of Humanities at Oakham School, following 3 years at Loughborough Grammar.
Mr Richard Griffiths, Deputy Head (Academic)
Richard has a First Class Honours degree in English from Pembroke College, Cambridge and a PGCE in English with Drama from the University of Manchester. He is a Principal Examiner for an Exam Board (for English Literature) and is also a Parent Governor at his children’s primary school.
Richard was previously Head of English at Bolton School (Boys’ Division). He has run the Debating Society, a martial arts club and coached a football team, as well as directing many major school productions.
Mr Toby Seth, Deputy Head (Development)
Toby graduated in Modern & Medieval Languages (Spanish and French) from Trinity College, Cambridge and after four years working in advertising, took a PGCE in French and Spanish at King’s College, London. He has also completed an MA in Leadership in Education (Leading and Managing Change for Improvement).
Prior to King’s, Toby was the Assistant Head (School Organisation and ICT Development) at the Godolphin and Latymer School in London, where he was also Head of Modern Foreign Languages. He has worked previously at Wellington College and Dulwich College. He has coached rugby, tennis and football and is a proud Arsenal fan. He has two children, both of whom are in King’s Infant & Junior Division.
Mr Paul Cooper, Deputy Head & Principal of the Boys’ Division
Paul graduated from The University of Liverpool in Astrophysics in 2001 and completed a Masters degree in Advanced Educational Practice in 2014. He joined King's in 2017, bringing a wealth of pastoral expertise after 10 years at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School as Head of Student Progress and Head of Physics. Before that he worked in the state sector in Merseyside. He has been recognised with an award in 2017 by the Institute of Physics for his contribution to Physics education in the UK.
Paul has enjoyed many years of coaching rugby teams and is an avid musician, playing bass guitar and singing in bands. He has two children, both of whom are in King’s Infant & Junior Division.
Mr Jonathan Spencer Pickup, Director of Finance
Jonathan joined King’s as Director of Finance in 2004. He led the project to build the new Sixth Form Centre in 2007. He was previously Finance Director of John Kennedy (Holdings) Ltd, a national construction company. Before that he worked in corporate finance both in the North West and London. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. Jonathan studied Engineering at Imperial College, London. Jonathan is also a former pupil of the King’s School and all three of his sons have attended King’s.
Mrs Caroline Johnson, Director of External Relations
Caroline graduated in Geography from the University of Birmingham and then worked for the United Nations as part of a children’s education project to celebrate the UN’s 50th anniversary. Following this, she worked for MERLIN, the international aid agency in London, before heading back to the North West to join a marketing & PR agency, managing a range of client accounts.
Caroline has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. Prior to joining King’s, Caroline was Senior Communications Manager at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust where her role covered the full range of internal and external communications and marketing. Caroline has three children, all of whom are at King’s.
Mrs Caroline Hulme-McKibbin, Principal of the Infant & Junior
Caroline graduated with a BEd Hons degree in English from Homerton College, Cambridge University. Her first teaching experience was in the State sector before joining The King’s School in 1993 as part of the newly formed co-educational Junior Division.
Having become Academic Head before taking a maternity cover break, she returned to King’s in 2002, becoming Vice-Principal (Juniors) in 2004. Caroline was appointed Head of Junior School at Alderley Edge School for Girls in 2005 before returning to King’s in 2009 as Principal of the Infant & Junior Division.
Mrs Helen Broadley, Principal of the Girls’ Division
Helen was appointed Principal of the Girls’ Division in July 2015. She was previously Senior Subject Teacher in Science and has been with King’s for 16 years. In that time, she has played a full role within the school, including leading the House System and extra-curricular activities, organising the Speakers’ Club, participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, leading Ski Trips and a World Challenge Expedition and has actively led the Cheer and trampolining teams to great success.
Prior to joining King’s, Helen was Head of Biology at St Hilary’s (now Alderley Edge School for Girls). Helen graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Zoology and gained a PGCE in Science from Worcester College of Higher Education. Helen lives locally and has two children, both of whom are at King’s.
Dr Julie Cocker, Principal of Sixth Form
Julie is a Cambridge science graduate and Doctor of Philosophy from London University. Julie read Natural Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge and subsequently gained her PhD from Imperial College. She qualified as a teacher at the University of Warwick in 2007 and was appointed as Teacher of Biology and then Head of Biology at Denstone College from 2008 - 2012. Prior to joining King's, Julie was Head of Biology at Merchant Taylors’ School in Middlesex.
An adventurous spirit, Julie has travelled the world, with accomplishments including having trekked to 21,000 feet in Nepal, becoming a qualified SCUBA diver; swimming with dolphins in the Red Sea and sky-diving and bungee-jumping in New Zealand.
Mrs Ruth Roberts, Senior Teacher
Ruth read English and Modern Languages at Oxford University, graduating in 1987 with First Class Honours, having spent a year as a language assistant in Germany. After university, she pursued her interest in literature at Sotheby’s in London, where she was senior cataloguer of English printed books and manuscripts.
Relocation to the North West gave Ruth the chance to study for her PGCE qualification at Manchester University. In 2005 she joined King’s and served as Head of Year 7 and as Vice-Principal of the Sixth Form before being appointed Principal of the Sixth Form in 2011. In July 2015, Ruth was appointed as Senior Teacher.
In addition to her keen interest in literature, Ruth also has a strong interest in music and the visual arts. She is an enthusiastic theatre-goer and a Manchester United fan. She lives in Bollington with her husband (the Whitbread Award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts) and their three sons who have all attended King’s.