Our Staff Snapshot Interview this week is with Mr Ollie Kent, one of our fantastic games coaches.
What inspired you to be a teacher?
When I was younger, I was lucky enough to have a couple of really inspirational sports teachers at school. They created such a fun and supportive environment in which I was able to thrive and this helped me develop my love for sports. This then became a career that I wanted to pursue, as I was keen to help teach and support others learning sport and help them to love it as much as I did.
Tell us about your path into teaching:
When I was younger, I played tennis on a daily basis and played at county level in Sussex. When I was 16 I started helping my tennis coach in some of his group lessons for the younger children. This was extremely rewarding and something I really enjoyed. I then spent the next few years achieving tennis qualifications. I took on a coaching role in Tunbridge Wells in a big tennis centre which helped me grow my career. Teaching at a Prep School is something I had always wanted to do and when a Games Teacher role came up at MHS I decided it would be a great opportunity to diversify into more sports.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love how rewarding teaching can be. Every child is completely different and learns in a unique way. This makes my job extremely fun as I am able to implement many different teaching styles in a session. Seeing the development and progress in my students is brilliant and gives me a great sense of pride.
What’s the most important lesson you can teach?
The most important lesson I think one can teach is the importance having self-belief and confidence. It is not only extremely important in sports, but in life too. When it comes to sport being confident in yourself that you can achieve the tasks ahead of you is so important.
What are you most excited about at Marlborough House this year?
I’m extremely excited about starting a new role in boarding for September. This will be a new challenge which I’m looking forward to getting involved in.
What makes Marlborough House such a special place to be?
MHS is a fantastic place to be, it’s such a happy, vibrant school with so many caring people. This sense of community is certainly unique to MHS and this makes it such a special place, everyone knows everyone and it’s great! All the children really make an effort to know each other and mix with different year groups. This is such a unique thing that not many schools achieve and it really helps to create that family atmosphere.
School House: Egan
Years at MHS: 4
Clubs: Tennis, golf, multi-sports
Unusual fact: I was ski baby of the year when I was 2 years old
Highlight of my day: Reception Games
The book I am reading: Battle Scars by Jason Fox
Most memorable moment at MHS: 'The Longest Day' Charity Event (in June 2018, playing four golf matches from 4.30am to 6.30pm!)