Mr Michael Tippett has been selected for the top job at Newcastle High School for Girls (NHSG), the first male Head in the school’s history.
Currently holding the position of Senior Deputy Head at the school, Mr Tippett will move into his new role in the next academic year, taking charge of the largest independent girls’ school in the region which educates 780 pupils aged 3 -18.
NHSG opened in 2014, following the merger of two leading girls’ schools, Central Newcastle High School and Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School. It is one of 25 schools within the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), a unique family of schools, united in its aims and aspirations and with a ‘girls-first’ approach to education.
Based in Jesmond and Sandyford in the heart of Newcastle, NHSG enjoys some of the finest educational facilities in the North East following a multi-million-pound investment by the GDST across both its junior senior and school sites, including a move to brand new Senior facilities in September 2016.
The GDST announcement of Mr Tippett’s appointment has been warmly welcomed by parents, pupils and staff as well as the wider NHSG community.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Tippett said: “Newcastle High is an outstanding school for girls and it is a real honour to have been appointed as Head from September.
“NHSG has a proud history and heritage in the city of Newcastle, and commands an enviable reputation, renowned for delivering exceptional education within a supportive community. Our school means a great deal to a great many people and I fully intend that NHSG will continue to be known for academic excellence and for the support and guidance we give to every girl.
“NHSG is all about nurturing every individual girl to achieve her full potential, both academically and in the experiences we encourage her to have beyond her studies.
“One of the strengths of the school is that we support all pupils to develop their own identity and personality in an environment which actively demonstrates that they are valued for being themselves.
“I am thrilled at the prospect of leading the school community as we continue to realise our vision.”
Mr Tippett, 47, who is originally from Plymouth, studied Classics at Oxford University. After teaching in Greece and completing his PGCE at Queen’s College Cambridge, he took up the post as Classics Teacher at the former Central Newcastle High School.
With 16 years’ experience in senior management roles, Mr Tippett was instrumental in the strategic leadership of Central High and was appointed as Senior Deputy Head of NHSG when it was formed in 2014. He has played a key role in setting the strategic direction for the new school, formulating its ethos and culture and maintained his responsibility for pastoral care and pupils’ personal development. The result has been the creation of a school community where outstanding pastoral support is a central pillar and where girls are able to explore their individuality and feel valued for being themselves.
In addition to his role at NHSG, Mr Tippett has a wider interest in the North East’s education sector and is a Governor at Richardson Dees Primary School in Wallsend.
Commenting on his appointment Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO of the GDST, said: “Among the excellent candidates for this headship, Michael really impressed us with his energy and vision for the school’s growth and development as it goes forward over the coming years. He is a true champion of girls’ education, committed to ensuring that every girl makes maximum progress and develops into a confident and adventurous young woman, well prepared to become one of the leaders of the future in every possible sense.”
Patricia Alexander, Chair of the School’s Governing Board and MD of Shared Interest, an ethical investment company based in Newcastle, added: “Over the years, Mr Tippett has made an enormous contribution to the school and news of his appointment as Head has been met with overwhelming support from the whole school community. NHSG is not only in safe hands but has a very exciting future ahead; the School Governing Board looks forward to working with Mr Tippett and his team in the coming months and years.”