Sport

Nick Starbrook

Nick Starbrook

Director of Sport | PE Teacher
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Nick Starbrook

Nick was educated at De Montfort University where he gained a BSc in Sports Science and a PGCE in Secondary PE and enjoyed a full sporting career. A county level player in three sports, Nick was also youth player with Millwall FC and QPR FC and played NCAA Division One football in the US.

Previously Nick worked at three independent schools in the UK, St Columba’s College (St Albans), Forest School and Highgate School (both London) before starting his international career at The British School, Jakarta, Indonesia. At each school Nick coordinated large sport programmes and is experienced in the provision of sport from Key Stage One to IB.

“It is my aim to foster a fun and enjoyable environment at Wellington College International Shanghai and develop students from both ends of the sporting spectrum. The philosophy of sport and PE here is underpinned by two factors: opportunities and excellence. It is the aim of the PE department to provide opportunities at every level of physical activity from recreational participation to competitive sport, also to make the sporting experience here at Wellington the best it can be”.

Grace Colombo

Grace Colombo

Director of Aquatics | PE Teacher
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Grace Colombo

Grace joined Wellington College International Shanghai as a swimming teacher in 2015. Currently she holds ASA Level 1&2 certificates and a lifesaving certificate. She has been teaching Early Years swimming lessons, swim CCAs and in the swim Academy.

Grace was a competitive swimmer during her childhood. Her enthusiasm for swimming has been passed on to the next generation when she met her husband who was also a competitive swimmer in the Italian national team, as her whole family is now enthusiastically engaged in swimming.

All her three children love swimming and are involved in different aquatics activities. Grace loves to inspire and motivate the children through her chosen area of sport. She believes swimming is one of the most beneficial sports for children. She would like to bring to Wellington College International Shanghai not only her teaching experience and knowledge but also her passion and enthusiasm for swimming.

Daniel Tuitt

Daniel Tuitt

Head of Prep PE | PE Teacher
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Daniel Tuitt

After graduating from Brunel University Daniel began his teaching career in 2011 as a Secondary School Physical Education teacher with responsibilities for the provision and inclusive education for those with Special Educational Needs, using the National Curriculum for England and Wales until 2014.

From 2014 until present Daniel have been Head of Department at a Preparatory School and a State School for the last four years, teaching Early Years to Key Stage two, developing relevant curriculums and teaching across all areas.

Daniel has a passion for all areas the Physical Education Curriculum whether it be at Early years or at GCSE and he aims to give pupils the opportunities to develop their essential skills and to play competitively at all levels.

Jack North

Jack North

Head of Sport Science | PE Teacher
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Jack North

Jack graduated from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2008, having completed a BSc Honours degree in sport and exercise science. Jack attended Middlesex University, UK, to complete his PGCE. Jack’s first teaching post was at Enfield Grammar School, in 2010, where he worked for several successful and enjoyable years. He then worked at the British International School of Shanghai for two years.

Jack is experienced in teaching KS3 science and all PE exam courses; he was the lead practitioner of A level PE at Enfield Grammar School and implemented the IB sport science course at BISS. He has held Head of Year positions at both his former schools. Jack takes pleasure in seeing his pupils achieve their goals in and outside of the classroom and wholeheartedly believes in the importance of holistic education. He believes that physical education and sport give young people the self-esteem, leadership, discipline and interpersonal skills to be successful in life.

Jack enjoys a number of sports but most notably rugby. He was an active member of his local rugby club back home and is currently a member of the Shanghai Dolphins Rugby Club. Jack is excited to continue his adventure of living in Shanghai with his wife Alexandra.

 

Vanessa Bancroft

Vanessa Bancroft

PE Teacher
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Vanessa Bancroft

Vanessa started her PE teaching career in 2005 at St Catherine’s Catholic High School, where she became Deputy Head of PE after her first year of teaching, and led GCSE and A Level PE courses. In 2008, she joined South Craven School, where she taught KS1-5 PE, organised and led over 20 sports festivals/events and managed the sporting provision for 10 cluster primary schools. In 2010, she was appointed Deputy Head of PE, a role in which she led and managed all aspects of examination courses.

Vanessa attended St Martin’s University College in Lancaster, where she gained a BA Honours Degree in sports studies and applied social science. She then achieved her PGCE in secondary physical education at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.

Out of school hours, Vanessa has taken pupils to the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, the English Institute of Sport, the Velodrome Cycling Centre in Manchester, Wimbledon and also supported pupils with their fundraising while planning a partnership project with a school in West Africa. Her interests include travel, cooking, socialising, gym, yoga, running, playing and watching a variety of sports and going to the theatre.

Ryan Briggs

Ryan Briggs

PE Teacher
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Ryan Briggs

After completing his A levels in South Africa, Ryan went on to Bath University in the UK, where he completed a BSc Sports Technology Degree. He joined Merchant Taylors’ School in 2005 where he completed his GTP. After four years at Merchant Taylors’ School as a PE Teacher, he then went on New Hall School in Chelmsford in the UK for three years where he filled the Head of Rugby position. Ryan decided he would prefer a slightly warmer climate and accepted a post as PE Coordinator at the Canggu Community School in Bali where he has spent the last four years.

Ryan believes that sport has the ability to produce some of the finest characteristics in a person and this can help shape the way they will live their lives. It is this belief that reflects the way he teaches and his commitment to his school and its students.

On a personal level Ryan played rugby for Bath University 1st XV (2002-2005). Besides rugby he enjoys keeping fit in the gym, hiking and whilst in Bali he ‘dusted off’ his surfboard and enjoyed his surfing.

Sara Chen

Sara Chen

PE Teaching Assistant
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Sara Chen

Shane Hambling

Shane Hambling

PE Teacher
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Shane Hambling

Having previously taught at Wellington Tianjin, when Shane Hambling heard the news that he secured a position at Wellington Shanghai, his first comment was: “I am coming home, home to Wellington and to China.” His previous experience working and living in China, a fascinating, fast-paced and exciting country, left him wanting more. He believes that to have the opportunity to live and work in what is arguably one of the greatest city in the world is a rare privilege and one that offers unique challenges and adventures.

Shane is a qualified STA swim teacher and his previous international postings beside Tianjin, China included also Doha, Qatar. The Wellington swim department aims to develop techniques, fitness and passion not just for competitive swimming but also for a lifelong passion for all things aquatics for younger pupils, from those who are just learning to swim, all the way through to the elite swim squad members.

Craig Northedge

Craig Northedge

PE Teacher
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Craig Northedge

Craig studied a four-year BA (Hons) Degree in Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status at the University of Brighton. He taught in the UK for 10 years before deciding to teach abroad and has now been working in Shanghai for the last six years. During Craig’s 16 years of teaching, he has taken on roles such as Head of Boys PE, Deputy Head of Middle School, Head of Year, Head of House and now as Housemaster for Wellesley.

Football, Rugby, Cricket and Judo, were all sports that Craig played during his younger years both in school and at representative level for Jersey – competing in national and international tournaments and competitions. Football was Craig ‘s ultimate passion and as he grew older, it became necessary to focus his dedication to this sport – playing at university and semi-professional level. Fitness and sport will always play a huge part in Craig ‘s life and indeed. Over the last six years in Shanghai Craig has turned his hand to Boxing – regularly training and coaching the sport in this amazing city.

Willie Sun

Willie Sun

Lifeguard
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Willie Sun