25 Mar, 2022

Ian Thomas

  • Head of Academic PE, Teacher of PE, Head of Rugby, Head of Boys' Games.
  • Bristol, UK
Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Athletics, Tennis, Physical Education PE Teachers

Personal Summary

I am an experienced PE teacher (Head of Rugby & Tennis) with a good all round knowledge and practical teaching experience of a wide range of sports such Rugby 1stXV, Cricket 13A, Tennis U12-U18, Hockey U15-18, Football 15A, Swimming and Athletics. My school also uses FMS. Outside of school I coach Middlesex U15 & U16 and previously coached with Hampstead RFC. Academic teaching is a passion of mine and I have taught Edexcel GCSE and A Level PE as well as Edexcel EPQ at UCS. I mark papers for AQA GCE PE and moderate the NEA A Level PE for OCR. These additional job responsibilities require me to work under pressure and I my level 3 apprenticeship in leadership and management has supported me.Through my experiences of teaching examination PE, I have successfully supported a broad range of students with diverse needs through challenging learning journeys. Within my department I am in charge of coordinating the school sports day and the Summer term 11+ and 16+ induction days. I also lead the year 12 Sports Science Enrichment programme. More recently I devised and launched a brand new whole school internal games programme ‘The UCS Games’ which targeted inclusion at a whole school level. The UCS Games was designed to promote the schools four values of relationships, resourcefulness, resilience and responsibility. I have been a form tutor in all key stages and I find the role to be one of the most fulfilling parts of the job. I have written successful Oxbridge and US references and I am currently the UCS Higher Education advisor for sports courses, careers and US/UK sport scholarships. I promote sportsmanship, teamwork and positive wellbeing and encourage my students to be self-aware individuals and foster the same values. I am seeking opportunities to coach rugby, cricket, tennis, hockey or football. Additionally, academic PE and athletic development coaching.

Work Experience

Teacher of PE (Head of Rugby & Tennis)
Sep 2014 - Aug 2022 University College School

As the Head of Rugby at UCS I lead the coaching programme at both the performance and participation levels. The programme has over 170 fixtures across A-D, 400 rugby players and 20 rugby coaches. I also oversee the risk assessments, budget and operations. I have introduced girl’s rugby to our Co-ed Sixth Form as well as leading senior tours to South Africa 2017 and Australia 2019. I have also introduced touch and mixed touch rugby in an attempt to grow participation levels. Monitoring and developing coaches, specifically academic patrons is a key focus for me and as the Head of Rugby I lead regular INSET training and provide CPD opportunities. As the Head of Tennis I lead the coaching, operations, staffing and administration. UCS are a Nationally recognised tennis school reaching the Schools National Championships and ISTA 5/6th playoffs. I also run an extensive recreational programme for boys and girls across years 7-13. Additionally, I lead A teams for football, hockey and cricket.


MA Education
Sep 2018 - Aug 2019 University of Buckingham
PGCE (Physical Education)
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014 University of Bath
BSc in Sports Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2013 University of Bath
National Certificate in Sports Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2007 City of Bath College
Sep 2000 - Jul 2005 Colston's School