Shropshire Star

School's 'loss and heartbreak' at death of beloved headteacher of 12 years

A school has paid tribute to its "popular and hugely respected" headteacher who has died.

David Bicker-Caarten. Picture: Lucton School

David Bicker-Caarten had been the headteacher of Lucton School, near Leominster, since 2011 and the school announced his death earlier this month.

"Words will never be enough to express the loss and heartbreak of the passing of our beloved Headteacher, Mr. David Bicker-Caarten," a school spokesperson said.

"The entire school community is coming to terms with the death of our popular and hugely respected Headmaster. We will all miss him dearly and our hearts and thoughts are with his family."

The statement added that "David loved Lucton, and was immensely proud of all students and staff. During his time as headmaster, he founded a refined ethos of kindness, honesty and hard-work.

"Let’s make him proud."

Lucton is a boarding and day school for girls and boys aged six months to 18 years.

Mr Bicker-Caarten had joined Lucton in January 2011 as the first Head of Lucton Prep School, having relocated from eight years in the Persian Gulf where he was a Head of Year 5, and Headmaster of Seashell School in Oman.

David had an MBA in Education from Leicester University as well as a PGCE and a degree in Economic History from UEA.

He went into teaching from being an Activities Instructor in an Adventure Centre and a teacher in Turkey for three months.

He had a previous career in journalism and spent three years managing a ski shop in Guildford.