Wolverhampton Grammar School
As Head of Girls’ PE & Games, Alison overseas the development and delivery of physical education from Year 3 through to Year 13 and she manages 6 other full time and part time members of a busy department. A particular strength of the department is the level of girls’ participation across all years. There have been several occasions where 40+ girls have been out on the netball courts with ‘A’ through to ‘D’ teams playing.
The department is thriving with so many girls participating in physical activity. The girls are taught by coaches and teachers who lead by example, having played or are currently playing at a high level. Students are rewarded for their commitment to training by a competitive fixture list and entry into local, county and regional competition.
The department has also led exciting sports tours both abroad and within the UK to Barbados, Northern Ireland and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, allowing the girls to experience different styles of game play.
Alison also teaches Psychology, A-level PE and is a Form Tutor in Year 7.
Aside from coaching and supporting all netball and hockey teams from Year 7 to Sixth Form, Alison is a keen skier, runner and enjoys a challenge and has led a month long expedition in the jungles of Borneo and supports the school ski trip and Coast to Coast event annually.
Alison is an OW herself, doing her ‘seven year stint’ from 1996-2003 and she has worked for Wolverhampton Grammar School since 2007. Alison has competed internationally in triple jump and still holds the GB Junior record. Injury meant that she retired competitive athletics and moved into the teaching profession but Alison now plays netball in the Premiership for a Birmingham based club.
“Every day you meet students who inspire you and who I work hard to inspire myself. This school feels like a family and as an OW, WGS runs through my veins. It is its own selfless community and everyone works hard to make it as positive a place as any. No-one is perfect but together WGS’ students and staff alike support one another to be as successful as we possibly can.”
Alison lives with her husband and golden retriever in Wolverhampton and outside of work and competitive sport they enjoy walking and climbing mountains. During the holidays they love to disappear into the hills and valleys of the Peak and Lake District and Brecon Beacons.