The spotlight turns to Gay Butterworth, our energetic and sport mad, Head of Prep Sport.

Gay grew up on a sheep farm in Herefordshire and has a real love of the outdoors. She has taught in various schools after graduating from Cheltenham in 1994. Gay still attempts to play some hockey, netball and tennis, when not injured and also enjoys running. She successfully completed the London Marathon in 2013.  Gay enjoys spending time with her two boys, Harry and Olly, and husband Tim – encouraging them through life. Camping and skiing are favourite holiday choices for the outdoor and sports loving Butterworth family.

How long have you worked at Warminster?

This is my fifth year.

What’s the best thing about your role?

Having the freedom to oversee fantastic activities and encouraging children to find a love of sport.  I also enjoy working with local prep and primary schools as I get to meet lots of other teachers and children and convince them to play more sport.

Describe a typical day?

Check emails, assembly – I always give some notices in assembly! Check buses, match tea arrangements and team sheets.  Organise fixtures ready for a new term.  Email primary schools about events coming up.  Sometimes, I even teach a few lessons.  Lead some exciting clubs and attend matches.

What do you think makes Warminster a special place to live and learn?

Working with some terrific colleagues in all areas of the School. 

What would surprise us about you?

I was very shy and quiet at primary school.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Wimbledon champion.

What did your school reports say about you?

That I needed to concentrate on my work in the classroom a little more.  Life is not all about sport! 

Your note/advice to teenage self?

Be happy as you are, enjoy your friends and laugh as much as you can.  Never regret not trying something new.

Biggest bugbear?

Tidying changing rooms and kit cupboards.  Checking pupils are wearing the correct kit.

Favourite band/group?

Olly Murs now, Eurythmics in my younger years.

Guilty pleasure?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

If you were on Masterchef what would your signature dish be?

Roast lamb and all the trimmings, followed by apple crumble and custard for pudding.

Last book you read?

Sebastian Coe, Running my life.

Last movie watched?

Star Wars  and Dad’s Army.

Favourite tipple?

Lemonade and lime, I am always in training.

Favorite place/city in the world and why?

Grand Motte in Tignes, France when covered in fresh powder snow or by the river Wye in Herefordshire.  Both peaceful, quiet places.

Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook, but maybe Twitter now as I am a very new user and have embraced the Twittersphere! @Gaybutterworth