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New Director of Sport joins Tettenhall College

Posted: 8th January 2024

James Hamilton

Mr Hamilton was most recently the Director of Rugby at Nottingham High School, which was recognised as the Times Co-Education Independent School of the Year in 2022. He brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record in sports development and fostering the growth of young athletes across various disciplines. He has also recently served as the Head Coach of the Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Derby England Rugby Girls Developing Players Programme and previously held the position of Head Coach for the Developing Players Programme at Leicester Tigers. Earlier in his career, Mr Hamilton was the Head of Boys PE at Stafford Grammar School, where he achieved great success in delivering academic PE at Key Stage 3, GCSE, and A Level. In addition, he led the first and A teams in rugby, football, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders for girls.

Since his appointment earlier last year, Mr Hamilton rounded his seven years off at NHS by leading a summer tour to Toronto and Ottowa for more than 70 pupils. He tells us that “It was truly an unforgettable experience. Alongside the rugby matches, what stood out to me the most was the incredible camaraderie displayed by our students from year 10 to year 13. The tour encompassed so much more than just sports; it offered opportunities for personal growth, cultural immersion, and lifelong connections.”

Mr Hamilton also firmly believes that students have a voice in their learning environment. At his previous schools, he established “Captain’s Forums” to allow captains from each age group to provide feedback on programme strengths and areas for improvement. He encourages his teachers and coaches to create opportunities for personal and professional development, resulting in significant growth. With this philosophy his programmes representation in competitive matches increased by over 100%, to a high of 419 in most recent times. His vision led to the programme reaching and winning the National Final of the Schools Bowl in 2022. Along with this, his approach of development and challenge has led to numerous students participating in regional and national representative programmes, as well leading to several students earning international caps at England U18 and U20 national players.

Tettenhall College has ambitious goals for its sports programme, aiming for broad participation and high achievement for all students. With an ambitious and experienced Director of Sport leading the way, we are confident that the already strong sports programme will continue to thrive and achieve even greater success. We know that you will join with us in welcoming Mr Hamilton and he looks forward to meeting as many parents and pupils as possible over the coming weeks.

Categories: Sport