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Staff Profile: Anna Sheppard

Anna Sheppard

Head of High School PE

As Head of PE at St Andrews my role is to ensure that every student can access an inclusive, international and innovative PE curriculum that supports students to develop their physical, mental and social skills. I am passionate about teaching and learning and supporting student growth. The greatest part of being a PE teacher is being able to share that passion and inspire others to try new sports, learn and refine skills and increase knowledge. Physical Education and sport have so many benefits beyond the physical including building confidence and self-esteem, friendships and improving academic performance. As a Sports and Exercise Science Graduate from the University of Exeter I have been rewarded with many opportunities in my career so far. I have had the privilege to work and travel globally including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Qatar, Egypt and now Thailand making me a truly global citizen. My professional experience ranges from managing population health initiatives as the Physical Activity Manager for the Heart Foundation in Western Australia to working on elite sports events to grass roots sports development. This included the establishment of inter-school sports for students with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand and in Australia engaging inactive children in physical activity through non-traditional sports and activities.

I am happily married to Alex who is from New Zealand and we have two children who attend St Andrews Primary School. I have played many competitive sports including representative level swimming, rugby union and touch rugby. I love to be physically activite and have enjoyed in recent years improving my kayaking and snowboarding skills!

St Andrews ensures that the needs of the individual learner are met. Teachers and students are supportive of each other so that the students can focus on what they can do, not what they cannot. My days at St Andrews are so diverse. In a single day I can be teaching core PE to KS3, academic PE to KS4, IB Sport Science to KS5 and then coaching a sports team after school. I love the variety!

 


 

"Miss Anna makes her lessons engaging and fun. She looks for creative ideas to stimulate learning and maximise engagement and progress."

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