The PE Team
- Category: Physical Education
Liam Collins - Head of PE
I became Head of PE at Melksham Oak in September 2014 and I am incredibly proud to be a part of such a great team. I believe that PE should not only develop sporting ability but should enhance qualities such as resilience, sportsmanship, cooperation and leadership.
I grew up in South Wales where I took part in a range of sports from a very early age and eventually decided to focus on sprinting for my local athletics club. I competed at the Welsh Schools Championships a number of times, ran for my County and Area and eventually represented Wales as a 400m runner. The highlight of my athletics achievements was becoming Welsh 400m champion in 2003.
Through my athletics contacts I was extremely fortunate to be invited to GB Bobskeleton trials in 2003 and subsequently got selected to represent Great Britain in the exciting but very scary sport! It was an unforgettable period of my life when I got to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world whilst competing for my country.
Aside from my passion for sports I have a love for all sorts of music and I try and play guitar when I get the time. I also love spending time with my wife and two young sons, usually doing something active outside. Being a parent helps me to appreciate the importance of great education and how influential teachers can be.
I joined the George Ward School in September 2001 and have enjoyed the new opportunities of moving to Melksham Oak in 2010. I am very fortunate as a member of the PE staff to enjoy such wonderful surroundings and superb facilities at the new school.
I originally come from Frome in Somerset but studied my degree in London before travelling and working In Australia in 2001. On return to the UK, I settled back in Frome with my husband and we now have two wonderful boys, whom I generally run around after like a headless chicken. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, travelling and running. My most recent success was completing the Bristol half marathon in 2008.
I still enjoy the challenges of working with children and the opportunities that working at Melksham Oak bring.
I’ve taught Physical Education at Melksham Oak and, previously, at the George Ward School. In this time I have been fortunate to work alongside and learn from many inspiring and devoted teachers and feel lucky to work in such wonderful surroundings and facilities here at Mocs.
I completed my Sports Science degree at Chichester University in 2004. I then gained teaching experience in Bristol schools, SBL and The Grange whilst completing a GTP. I soon learned that there is never a dull moment in teaching and that working with children in a subject area I feel passionate about is not only often challenging but incredibly rewarding. I enjoy being a part of team that encourages children and young adults to find enjoyment in physical activity and to develop physical and coaching skills. I enjoy the challenge of unearthing children’s determination, good old grit, and the ability to work together under pressure. I like to support students to develop confidence in their abilities and to overcome obstacles.
During this time spent in Melksham schools I have married my boyfriend from University and we have two amazingly fantastic boys that make me incredibly happy and keep me very busy. We all live in Bath with our pet tortoise, Vern. After making my hobby of sport my job, my main hobby to balance it all out is baking. I love to bake cakes, and probably eat more than I should. I spend most of my spare time, being active with my family and friends, crawling round soft plays, chasing round parks and picking up endless amounts Lego.
Claire Williams - On Maternity Leave
After completing my PGCE at Bath University in 2005 I started my teaching career at George Ward School. It’s been a great experience, and I’ve really enjoyed being involved with the transition to Melksham Oak. With all the great sporting facilities I am keen to get students involved in after school sports clubs and place MOCS on the map. I am the gifted and talent representative within the PE department and want to raise the profile of the success of our students. Sport can provide excellent opportunities and experiences for all – for me, it has meant that I have been fortunate to meet the Queen.
When I’m not at School, again sport and physical activity play a major role of my life. I play hockey for Bath Buccs, try to go to the gym regularly and go Kayaking with my new inflatable kayak (pretty much anything sporty or active really).
2012 is going to be an exciting year, I was lucky enough to get tickets for the London Olympics – watching Beach Volleyball (boyfriend’s choice) and Tennis. This will be the start of my honeymoon as I will also be getting married in May to my long term boyfriend.
Callum Wolff - Head of House Polaris
After graduating from Loughborough University in 2011, I took up the role of Hockey Coach at Warminster School and in 2013 was made Head of Hockey. With three years’ experience of working in a school and keen to further my career I decided to undertake a PGCE at Exeter University which I completed in June 2015.
Away from teaching I am a sports fanatic and an avid Manchester United supporter. I regularly participate in a wide variety of sports including cricket, football, golf and surfing. My main passion however is hockey. I currently play for City of Bath hockey club where I love the challenge of competing week in week out against some of the country’s top sides; one of which my identical twin brother plays for and with whom I have a fierce rivalry.
I live in the country in a small village called Witham Friary which is in the middle of nowhere; however this provides the perfect escape to walk the family dog – a Welsh Terrier called Dylan.
I am excited by the prospect of working at MOCS and can’t wait to start my journey of enriching young minds and developing the wealth of talent that is here
Stuart Hershbein - Deputy Head of PE
I became Deputy Leader of PE at Melksham Oak in September 2016 and I am delighted to be part of such an experienced, energetic and fun department. My philosophy in PE is that if you are enjoying the subject and the lessons you will learn and progress.
As a very enthusiastic sportsman as a child I represented my county at football, rugby and cricket. Also showing a commitment and passion for martial arts competing at a national level in Judo. Like many I chose football as the sport to take up, and was on the books of Bristol City from 1996-1999 until a bad injury halted my progress.
I was kept on by the club as a coach and decided to return to education in 2002 to complete a Science and football degree at Liverpool john Moores University. From here I decided not to return to football but use my experiences of all my sports to become a PE teacher, and it is a job I thoroughly enjoy and find immensely rewarding. I have also been the Team coordinator of the Wiltshire schools cross country team, and I moved to Melksham Oak after 8 years at The Stonehenge School.
Outside of teaching and sport, I love spending time with my wife and two daughters, making the most of life. I also support the Wiltshire Air Ambulance charity as a volunteer, this is a charity close to my heart as they saved my life in 2012.
Amie Hayden-Smith - Head of House Sirius
Prior to becoming a PE teacher I completed a Sports Coaching degree at Hartpury College before moving and spending a year working for Adidas in Leeds. After moving back to the rolling hills of Wiltshire I went on to complete my PGCE at the University of Chichester. I joined MOCS in November 2015 and since joining I’ve had the opportunity to work with an enthusiastic and dynamic department and staff. I believe PE is a great opportunity for students to relieve stress and learn new skills whilst developing confidence and respect for themselves and others.
I’m a keen sportswoman who has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports at various levels of competition. My greatest sporting love is rugby, whether it be playing, coaching or watching… anything! I currently coach the girls section at Bradford-on-Avon RFC and have for the coming season taken up a role as an Assistant Coach for Dorset and Wilts. As well as coaching I have also decided to return to playing with Bath Ladies RFC, this is after 5 years away due to injury… I’ll keep you posted how it goes!
When I’m not at work or running round after an egg shaped ball, I like to spend time in the gym, traveling to new places and spending time with my friends.
Callum Hurn - Head of House Omega
After graduating from the University of Bath in 2013 I joined Melksham Oak as a teaching assistant as I wanted more work experience within education. Having been a TA for a number of years I decided it was time for me to take part in my teacher training. Therefore, from the start of September this year I will be completing my teacher training at Melksham Oak.
I’m a huge sports fan and love giving anything sporty a try. My main sport is rugby. I’ve played for Melksham for a number of years and previously captained the first team. If I’m not playing rugby then I will spend most of my time looking for something else outdoors and active I can get stuck into.
I’m really looking forward to my first year in teaching and can’t wait for all of the challenges it will present. I’m excited to see some future sports stars at work!
I began my teaching career in 2018, prior to doing this I graduated from Southampton Solent University where I did a Sport and Physical Education course. To continue my dream of becoming a PE teacher, I then went on to complete my PGCE year at the North Wilts SCITT. This is where I trained to become a PE teacher.
I have returned back to the school to where I went to as a student. Being an ex-student is pretty weird but it is a good weird because I am already very familiar with the school as I used to come here. Plus, there are still teachers here that taught me and I remind them of that every day!
Outside school, my favourite sport is football and I am a big fan of Liverpool. I wish I could go see them play more often! I don’t just follow Football; I enjoy watching a variety of sports including Rugby, Tennis and a few others. I believe sport is a great way for everyone to release stress and anxiety and many others things. Importantly, it keeps you fit and healthy and that’s what message we try to provide for the young people of Melksham. I also enjoy listening to music, walking my dog and socialising with my friends.
I am very much looking forward to my teaching career and I can’t wait for all the challenges I have to overcome. I hope I can have a real influence on the students and I wish to give the very best support, opportunities and education to help my students become great young adults.