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Richard Thorp

Richard Thorp

PE Teacher, Head of Aquatics 'Aqua Bears'

BA (Hons), PGCE 

I attended Carnegie (Leeds Metropolitan University) and was awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Human Movement Studies (Sports Science). This was followed with a PGCE in PE and Maths at Exeter University (St Lukes) and I qualified as  a teacher in 1992. I have worked in the independent sector in the UK for 23 years, my last post as Head of PE at Dragon School, Oxford. In 2015 my family and I decided to move to Bangkok and for the last two years was Head Swim Coach at Bangkok Patana School.

I am a qualified Swim Coach and also hold coaching qualifications in many other sports. My specialist area is Aquatics having represented GB U17 and England U19, and swam the Olympic Trials in ‘88 as an athlete. During my career I have coached the English Schools National Swim Team at three World Schools and numerous European Schools events, as well as working with a number of National and International standard Youth Age athletes in both the UK and Thailand. I am looking forward to working with the students here at BSB to further develop the Aquatics programme and team at the school, and work in the PE department.

I am married with two children, who will be attending BSB from Aug 2017. As a family we have enjoyed travelling to many countries in SE Asia in the last two years and hope to be able to enjoy both the culture here in China and a few more in Asia in the future.

I enjoy all aspects of sport including cycling, swimming, watching live sport and trying to attend major sporting tournaments when time allows. Going to the London Olympics and Glasgow Commonwealth Games to watch the events was inspiring. I have taken part in a few triathlons and would like to try to do a few more if possible. I enjoy watching movies, eating out at restaurents and going to concerts as well.

My family are looking forward to living here in Beijing and to be part of the BSB community.