An independent school in Truro has appointed a new head of riding in order to develop its equestrian programme.

Polwhele House has appointed Kyle McCullock to be the head of riding at the school, responsible for all riding instruction to Polwhele pupils, care and maintenance of the horses and facilities.

Set in 35 acres, Polwhele House is Cornwall’s preparatory school for pupils aged 3 to 13 and provides riding lessons to pupils of all ages and abilities with a fully equipped riding school.

McCullock joins the school from London where he worked with vulnerable young people as the yard manager and instructor at the inner city non-profit, Ebony Horse Club.

He said: “I have always been passionate about horses and their welfare. It’s particularly rewarding to pass on my own knowledge and to watch the children of Polwhele House develop into young equestrians.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand how much it can build confidence and help children develop into respectable young people.”

Headmaster, Alex McCullough, added: “We are passionate about education and believe that academic, sporting, and creative lessons give children the opportunity to explore their many talents and develop a true sense of self.”