Introducing our Sports Subject Advisors...

Kate ThompsonKate Thompson

Part of the  Team since 2022

"I joined OCR this term, having previously taught at primary and secondary schools for 18 years as a qualified PE teacher. Within that time, I held various positions including Head of Department and School Sports Coordinator. 

I took 3 years out of teaching to work in the sports department of a South African university, managing the set up of a Non-Government sports development project, and working in the local township schools."


Mark JohnsonMark Johnson

Part of the  Team since 2018

"I joined OCR as a PE and Sport Subject Advisor in October 2018. I graduated from Staffordshire University in 1999 with a BSc in Sports Studies, having previously completed an HND in Sports Science and Sports Injuries at Nottingham Trent University. After leaving university I worked as a residential social worker, where I also delivered the PE provision in the company’s own school for a small group of 11-16-year olds with challenging behaviour 

I then pursued a career in teaching, first spending a year teaching PE at my old secondary school, then lecturing in Sports Studies and Sports Science at an FE college for nearly 15 years. During my time at the college, I delivered, assessed and internally verified and moderated a range of OCR, Pearson, NCFE and 1st4Sport qualifications at Levels 1-3. 

In addition to my full-time employment, I've also been a sports therapist, nutritionist and fitness coach at several rugby clubs for the last 20 years."

Jon VareyJonathan Varey

Part of the  Team since 2021

"I joined OCR as a PE and sport subject advisor in September 2021, having taught in a variety of secondary schools across the country for over 20 years, gaining a wealth of experience and subject knowledge. During this time, I've set up, delivered and assessed a wide range of courses within physical education and sport. 

In my spare time, I'm a keen runner and enthusiastic mountain biker, and I enjoy attending sporting and music events when possible and walking my two whippets."

Get in touch 

Subject Advisor: Kate, Mark and Jonathan


Phone: 01223 553998

Twitter: OCR_PhysEd

Qualifications: GCSE and A Level Physical Education, Cambridge National in Sports Science and Sports Studies, Cambridge Technicals Sport and Sport and Physical Activity - find out more.

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