SSCo Tessa Mitchell

Tessa Mitchell photo RDSSPKeen tennis player, Tess has been at Anthony Gell School for over a decade, after studying a Teaching Training degree at Sheffield Hallam University and teaching across the country including in Nottingham and Rotherham.

Tess plays hockey and is a member of the 2nd team of Matlock Baileans Hockey Club. She says no sport is off limits for her and she loves getting involved in exercise and activities.

She says the thrill of seeing primary school children enjoying sport and competitions through their involvement with the RDSSP is what makes the job so rewarding.

She explains: “The smaller, rural school students just absolutely love the experience. As many infant and primary schools in the county don’t have huge facilities and sports equipment, for pupils to come to a secondary school and be able to get involved in competitions and festivals, they really have such a good time and they want to do it all.”

“It’s a breath of fresh air and makes my role so worthwhile just to see them having such a good time and the smiles on their faces. Pupils always come and say thank you at the end of events too, they’re very grateful and cute!”

Working alongside Anthony Gell School RDSSP Sports Leaders is also one of Tess’ favourite parts of her role as she sees older students flourish in taking care of and supporting younger children.

She says: “The young leaders want to do it all. They love the idea of having the responsibility of looking after youngsters and being in charge of them. They become great role models for primary school pupils, growing in confidence and really shining in their roles.”