Matthew came to Wellington College, Shanghai, from Chilton Cantelo School in Somerset. There, as Head of Academic PE, he has taught both inside and outside of the classroom, including GCSE, AS and A-level Physical Education, and a variety of sports, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Volleyball, Athletics and Basketball.
Before Chilton, Matthew was Head of Senior Games and Master in Charge of Cricket at St John’s College, Southsea. He coached all age groups both in the Senior and Lower Schools. Matthew subsequently became Head of Year 10, a role that required him to guide his students through their first year of GCSEs.
Matthew is a passionate and dedicated sportsman, and his proactive and energetic attitude is at the core of his teaching. He played Cricket and Rugby for Sussex whilst at school, and also divisional Rugby for London and South East. He was awarded a Sports Scholarship to Brighton College, where he was a boarder in School House, and later was included in the England Rugby U17 Development Squad. At Brighton, he has fond memories of being a part of the College’s Rugby Tour to South Africa, as well as a trouncing on the Rugby pitch from Wellington College UK!
Matthew was a coach before he became a teacher. He was 1st team manager at Chichester Rugby Club and also Head Sprint Coach at Chichester Athletics Club. These diverse levels of coaching have only enhanced his prowess to bring the best out of the students in his care.
He says, “I have coached a multitude of sports and at the heart of the success of these teams is the respect my athletes have for me as a dedicated and experienced coach and athlete. It is such an exciting opportunity to work at Wellington College Shanghai, being such a highly-respected school with a vast array of world-class facilities.
“It truly does feel like the opportunity of a lifetime to work under the Wellington College banner. I am a founding member of the staff body and hope to make my mark by coaching many teams to victory, as well as promoting academic excellence in the classroom."