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Clare Hicks Clare Hicks

Clare Hicks

Head of Education

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Clare Hicks

Clare joins the team as Head of Education. Having previously worked as Head of Curriculum at a local sixth form college and also having worked for Pearson, our exam board, Clare brings a wealth of knowledge to team and an overarching approach to quality. In other words, she’s gets us organised!
 
Clare’s background is not only in teaching, but having travelled the world as an Instructor and Ski Rep, she really knows and understands what the outdoors industry can bring to someone’s lives. Clare lives and breathes what she preaches and describes herself as surfer, snowboarder, day dreamer, traveller, coffee lover, creative thinker and definitely one of life's positive thinkers!
 
Qualifications: RYA Dinghy Instructor, RYA Windsurf Instructor, PE Teacher, Hockey Coach!

At Rockley since: August 2018
 

Mark Ames Mark Ames

Mark Ames

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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Mark Ames

Mark has over 17 years experience of teaching from middle school, secondary, college and degree level. As a fully fledged sports enthusiast he has an interest in almost all sports and in his younger days would always be seen on the football pitch playing football or on the cricket pitch. Unfortunately age has taken his toll and these days you are more likely to see him on the golf pitch.

Any spare time away from work and family is now spent playing golf which started as a leisure activity, turned into a previous job and now is a borderline addiction! A particular highlight of this year so far is going to Paris to watch Europe win the Ryder Cup.

Qualifications: Various levels of NGB coaching in Cricket, Golf, Football, Dodgeball, Athletics, Disability Football

At Rockley Since: September 2018

John  McMaster John  McMaster

John McMaster

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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John  McMaster

John spends most of his time delivering the practical side of our College courses, which includes cycling around Poole Harbour on glorious sunny days! Tough job isn’t it?

Would like to get back into racing “his” RS400 with Liz, he also ran the London Marathon a few years ago ago along with his wife - a great achievement!

Qualifications: RYA Coach Assessor; RYA Powerboat Instructor; RYA Centre Inspector; RYA Windsurf Instructor; RYA Yachtmaster

At Rockley Since: 2010

Sophie Cameron-Mitchell Sophie Cameron-Mitchell

Sophie Cameron-Mitchell

Teacher / Personal Tutor

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Sophie Cameron-Mitchell

Prior to Rockley Sophie taught Geography at a secondary school in Somerset and has also taught Outdoor Education in the past in various schools including Bryanston. Outdoor education and sports are her absolute passion! Having dabbled in a host of different activities like sailing, surfing and sea kayaking she is currently really enjoying paddleboarding and mountain biking in her free time. Sophie grew up on the beach so loves being in the water, but she also loves to climb mountains in North Wales or Scotland whenever she can escape! She describes her new role at Rockley as her 'dream job' as it combines teaching with her hobbies and interests! So far she is absolutely loving it! 

At Rockley Since: 2021

Matt Higginbotham Matt Higginbotham

Matt Higginbotham

Education Practical Lead

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Matt Higginbotham

After working in North Wales for a year it was time for Matt to move onto another challenge which lead him to an Activity Instructor role at Rockley Point in march 2017! The rest as they say, is history! He is now the Education Practical Lead

As well as being active on the water, Matt has always loved being in the water! He has spent many years scuba diving which has taken him to so many amazing places including: Egypt, north west Scotland, west coast of Ireland and Wales. However is absolute passion is windsurfing. You will ofetn find him blasting out on the water during his lunch break, after work and on the weekends with fellow colleagues and windsurf enthusiasts.

At Rockley since: March 2017

Megan Thickett Megan Thickett

Megan Thickett

Education Practical Tutor

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Megan Thickett

Megan first came to Rockley in 2017 as a student on the 3 year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Outdoors) course. After graduating she worked a season at one of Rockley's French activity centres before joining the Apprenticeship programme in 2019. She is now a Practical Tutor, teaching the current college students.

As a youngster, Megan used to tap dance and can play the flute!

She loves "doing anything where I’m doing something......and camping" 

At Rockley since: September 2019

Pete Smith Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Education Practical Tutor

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Pete Smith

After a year working at plas Menai, Pete joined the Rockley crew in March 2017 and has been here ever since! He's worked at many of Rockley's centres teaching a variety of courses and is now a Practical Tutor for Rockley College.

His absolute passion is windsurfing, especially freestyle and he will be out on the water at every opportunity - lunch  breaks, after work.......whatever the weather! And when he's not on the water, he loves to make windsurfing and other watersports related videos.

At Rockley since: March 2017

Katie Pearce Katie Pearce

Katie Pearce

College Administrator

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Katie Pearce

Before Rockley she was travelling around Australia and Southeast Asia. Having worked for a watersports company in Bondi, and being forced to cut her travels short due to Covid, she discovered working by the beach at Rockley Point the next best thing! here's a little insight into Katie - 

The 3 people she would invite round for dinner - David Attenborough - the most incredible man on the planet! (Don’t tell my partner I said that!). I just adore his passion and care for planet earth. Kate Middleton- I’d love to have a Sunday roast and wine with her. I just feel like we’d get on well. Ocean Ramsey- I’m so fascinated by her. I feel like she’d have the most incredible stories to tell. 

Her perfect day if time, money or travel was not an issue - Early morning sunrise in Hawaii with a smoothie bowl for breakfast. Then surfing and scuba diving during the day followed by a sunset sail in the evening...and then endless pina coladas…!

Her biggest indulgence in the past 6 months - A new wetsuit and paddleboard!

The best book she's read - What you should know about sharks, by Ocean Ramsey. Her dream is to one day swim with sharks and free dive, without the cage! 

The super power she would want to possess if she could - To breath under water

3 things she would take to a desert island - Food, water, sun cream

At Rockley Since: April 2022

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