Tom Ross

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Primary & Secondary Education
Job title: Head of Rugby, Master I/C Sports Performance and teacher of PE & Games
Subject of study: Exercise & Sport Sciences / PGCE Physical Education Secondary
Year of graduation: 2009
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught, Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Exeter School

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

I graduated after my PGCE in 2010 and moved to St Albans, Hertfordshire for my first teaching post. I was there for 6 years before returning to Exeter and my current position where I am in my 8th year at the school. Alongside teaching I have had numerous coaching roles within representative, club & development rugby for the RFU. I am currently coaching with EURFC to support the fantastic program they have.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I was always keen to have an active career away from office work and after a taste of coaching and some teaching experience I was keen to work in education and help inspire kids to live active lifestyle and take on challenges.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of EURFC, holding a freshers coach and Vice-club captain position during my time.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed the chance to explore the wider range of topics involved within sport. This included working from performance sport to clinical exercise prescription to help those recovering from illness or injury. The teaching module was probably my highlight and pushed me on to do my PGCE.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Exeter is a great city for a student and with access to the best parts of England with surfing a short(ish) car journey away. The course was of a high level of recognition and standard. It also really allowed me to develop and enhance my rugby journey.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

The course was my primary decision when comparing to Bath & Loughborough. The location was pivotal and after visiting the city my mind was made up.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Connections you make at university across subjects and societies will be really useful. Get to know as many people as you can and take the time to know them well with meaningful relationships. Pick modules on what you enjoy doing and have a spread of knowledge across your subject.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Get in to schools and experience what it is like to be in the environment. Don’t close yourself off to certain age groups as you may have to work across a broad age range. Expand your knowledge from areas of expertise to things you haven’t done before, with a qualification if possible.

What are your plans for the future?

I continue to enjoy teaching but am keen to move into professional coaching if given the opportunity.


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