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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

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