Mr Tickner


I was educated at an all-boys grammar school in Kent before studying for an English degree at the University of Wales.  I have subsequently completed a Masters’ in education at Newcastle University.

Before entering the teaching profession, I spent six years working in a variety of roles in financial services in London.  However, having set out on that path, I ultimately found work in the financial sector unfulfilling and craved the opportunity to share the enjoyment I had been fortunate enough to experience at school. My first teaching post was at Alleyn’s School, a co-educational independent day school in south-east London.  I taught English and Games, served as a Housemaster and was heavily involved in the co-curricular life of the school: hockey, cricket, football, the Combined Cadet Force and ski trips.

After eight years at Alleyn’s, I moved to The Perse School in Cambridge, then a boys-only school with a co-educational sixth form, where I was Head of Middle School responsible for the academic performance and pastoral care for 300 boys in Years 9, 10 and 11.

I joined Newcastle School for Boys in 2006, a year after the school was formed.  Initially, my role was to establish the School’s new GCSE curriculum.  I was then involved in helping to set up the new sixth form.  I became Headmaster in 2012.

As Headmaster, my role is a broad one with overall responsibility for the School, I am particularly motivated by developing the School to ensure that we realise our ten-year vision, particularly delivering the highest quality of teaching and learning – doing our core business very well – as well as continuing to grow and develop the School further.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and I am fortunate to live at the coast.  Walking the dog on Longsands with my wife is a very restorative activity.

In recent months, I have become a little obsessed with cycling and try to get out on my road bike as often as I can.  My current weekly target is to complete 100 miles, which I manage more often than not through a combination of commuting and club riding. I harbour ambitions to complete some of the grand tours’ iconic climbs, such as Alpe d’Huez and Mont Ventoux.