BA, DipEd, MEd, EdD
Dr David Nockles is only the third Headmaster of Macarthur Anglican School in its thirty-six years history. He took up the position in January 2009 following seven years as Deputy Headmaster of the School.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa he migrated to Australia with his family at the age of fourteen. He attended Trinity Grammar School and then Sydney University, studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Geography and a Diploma in Education.
Dr Nockles holds a Master of Education degree with First Class Honours for his dissertation on research examining ‘Parent Perceptions of Effective Schooling’. His interest in Effecting School and Improving Schools continued as he achieved a Doctorate in Education, with a thesis on ‘Student Perception of Effective Schooling’. Dr Nockles has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences.
He began his teaching career at Broughton Anglican College, before becoming Head of Geography at Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill where he also held the positions of Housemaster and Master-in-Charge of Soccer Football. Dr Nockles was also a Major in the Australian Army Cadet Corps, holding posts as Second in Command of the 450 strong Cadet Unit at Trinity and then some time as Chief Instructor for various Officer of Cadet courses.
As a contributor to the broader educational community, Dr Nockles has been Chair of both the New Anglican Schools Sports Association and the Association of Independent Co-educational Schools. He also serves on the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australian (NSW Branch) Academic Committee and is the current Treasurer and Secretary. He is a member of the Independence Schools National Partnership Management Council, a body of the Association of Independent Schools, overseeing the new Federal Government funding distribution set up under the COAG National Partnership scheme, as well as a member of Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority Council. Dr Nockles is a member of the Australia College of Educators and a member of the Australian Council for Education Leaders.
Dr Nockles has been a member of the Sydney Diocese Synod for nineteen years and has been a member of the Standing Committee for nine years.