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Meet The Team

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    James Pirie

    Head of PE and Dance

    ​​Originally from Telford, Shropshire – I started at Barnsley Academy in 2009 after graduating from Liverpool John Moores with a degree (BA Hons) in Physical Education, Sport and Dance with QTS. I have been Head of PE and Dance for the last 5 years.

    I currently play for my local Rugby Union team (Wortley RUFC), and am keenly involved in the coaching and management side at the club. I also enjoy running, cycling, keeping fit and the occasional skydive!

     

     

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    Lauren Halliwell

    Teacher of PE and Dance

    I was brought up in Blackburn and have played Ice Hockey since I was 7 years old.  I am proud to have been part of Team GB from 2003 to 2016 and before moving to South Yorkshire I also played Ice Hockey in Canada for a year.

    As part of Team GB I proudly captained the team for a season then supported as assistant captain for 6 seasons.  My greatest achievement was winning my gold medal in 2008 whilst playing in Hungary.  I have a total of 1 gold, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals which I won playing internationally.

    I attended Sheffield Hallam University and graduated with BSC Hons before moving to Middlesex for a year to complete my PGCE in Physical Education.

    I have been teaching at Barnsley Academy for 5 years and I am part of the Teaching and Learning Team. I still play Ice Hockey for Sheffield Shadows and enjoy a range of other sports including netball, football and trampolining.  An interesting fact about me is that I cannot swim but Mrs Wimlett has promised to teach me.  

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    Rachel Wimlett

    Teacher of PE and Dance

    From Rotherham – I started at Barnsley Academy in 2009 after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree (BA Hons) in Physical Education and Youth Sport.

    I enjoy Swimming, kayaking, Snowboarding, trampolining and walking in the countryside. 

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    Amy Tazzyman

    Teacher of PE and Dance

    I am originally from Sheffield - I started at Barnsley Academy in 2006 after graduating from Edge Hill university with a degree (BSc Hons) In Sport and Exercise Science. I then moved to Bangor to complete my PGCE in Physical Education.

    I have played netball for a variety of teams including South Yorkshire, Sheffield Stormers, Stocksbridge netball, and I currently play for a Barnsley netball team called 'Exchange'. Netball is a big passion of mine and I have played from a  young age. I also really enjoy running, keeping fit, and dancing.

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    Scott Bramall

    Teacher of PE and Dance

    From Sheffield, started working at Barnsley Academy in 2008 after graduating from Huddersfield University with a degree (BA Hons) in Health and Sport. I currently teach Physical Education, Maths, Science and Head of Year 9 and the Thematic Events Coordinator for the school.

    I enjoy playing and watching football especially SWFC. I also enjoy keeping fit through running and cycling.

     

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    Nathan Parkinson

    Teacher of PE and Dance

    From Barnsley – I started at Barnsley Academy in 2013 after leaving Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

    I currently play for my local football team and am a keen golfer. I also enjoy attending the gym regularly.

  • Will Earp

    Teacher of PE and Dance

    Formerly from Norwich, Norfolk, I moved up north in 2013 to study at University. After graduating from Sheffield Hallam with a degree (BSc Hons) in Physical Education and School Sport, I joined Barnsley Academy this year for my PGCE.

    I’m a jack of most sports, playing Badminton at county level in my early teenage years, competitive Swimming at County standard until I was 18, but also keen in Rugby Union, Football, Hockey and Motorsport.

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