Mr Sykes has had a varied working life, including serving in both the Royal Navy and the Police Service. He studied for a degree in Sociology at Portsmouth University and then went to Southampton University for his P.G.C.E. in Religious Studies.
Mr Sykes has travelled the world, both in the service of the Royal Navy and independently with his children. He has been lucky enough to work in the Caribbean, Hong Kong and in Dubai. He has a passion for Psychology, Music, Geology and cooking and plays both double bass and electric bass. Outside of school Mr Sykes enjoys travelling and learning about the American Civil war.