Newcastle High welcomes Mr Michael Tippett as Headmaster

Mr Tippett’s vision for Newcastle High School

Mr Michael Tippett took up the role of Head of Newcastle High School for Girls in September 2018. We ask him about his plans for the school, and the role alumnae will play in the future success of NHSG.


Do you intend to take NHSG in a different direction?

As one of the schools of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Newcastle High will continue to follow the same ethos and values as our family of schools: we put the girls first in all that we do; we are forward thinking; we encourage girls to be fearless.

Naturally, we will continue to evolve and build on the excellent reputation we hold in the region. To evolve and grow, however, you need to adapt and change. We are constantly striving to make improvements so that we equip pupils with the skills to be adaptable and to embrace change, key skills that they will need for the world in which we live now and in the future.


Where do you see NHSG in five years’ time?

I envisage a stronger, more consolidated Newcastle High, one performing extremely well academically – and in all external measures such as league tables. Although league tables don’t adequately reflect the added value girls gain from being at NHSG, we will work to ensure that our results continue to be among the best in the region.

I also see the school continuing to be the happy, supportive, challenging yet nurturing environment that it currently is, characterised by strong, purposeful relationships between all members of the school community; staff and pupils, staff and parents, staff and staff.


What role do you feel alumnae can play in the future success of the school?

Our girls – past and present – are what makes this school the special place it is. I see our alumnae as champions of the school in the wider world – our ambassadors, singing our praises far and wide. I am always thrilled when alumnae visit the school or offer support to our existing pupils and other alumnae. I’d love to see this grow in the years ahead. Finally, we are constantly striving to increase our bursary provision for those able girls whose families who cannot afford an education at NHSG so any support that alumnae are able to give towards this aim would be much appreciated.