We’re very excited as we’re going to the wedding of Ambleside Primary‘s very own celebrity couple, Kat and Chris (Posh and Becks?!) today. The smooth sports star getting married to the calm, composed professional? Works really well!

I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of my old colleagues from that great school and wanted to reflect on a few great memories from my two years there.

Sports play a huge role in life at the school, in no small part down to the hard work Chris puts in and his passion for making a difference to children’s lives. When I was there, we had a fantastic girls football team who played on Nottingham Forest’s pitch to cement their status as City champions.

Chris and Andy at Forest

Chris and Andy at Forest

We also were in with a great chance of becoming County champions too, but lost to a goal in extra time which hit the back of the net AFTER the final whistle had blown…always a hard luck story!


Big shout out to the ever-reliable Mr B. Hope you're well!

Big shout out to the ever-reliable Mr B. Hope you’re well!

I’m a bit of a drama queen deep down and the opportunity to be part of various productions and events was very available. In our “summer” pantomime, I was offered the chance to be a panto dame like these two characters, but rather than do that, I happily played the part of evil Fairy Nasty Boots whose horrible plan was so unfortunately thwarted at the end.

Panto Dames, a cat and me!

Panto Dames, a cat and me!

We also took part in an amazing project at the Broadway Cinema where the children produced their own film, based on War of the Worlds. Six other schools did the same thing – only one teacher decided to get involved in the film… guilty! OK, it wasn’t exactly an Oscar-winning performance – I played a dying man on a medical bed! – but it was fantastic fun and I got covered in fake blood.

He's flatlining!

He’s flatlining!

Ambleside’s Got Talent was an institution – children performing in front of the school with staff reprising their roles as Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh etc. We were also incredibly fortunate in 2011 to be visited at the school by the world renowned One Direction who performed What Makes You Beautiful. The children went crazy for it!

One Direction

The staff team were – and surely still are – a terrific, hardworking unit with a desire to do everything possible to help the children in their care. I hope they are all currently enjoying a hard-earned break this half term holiday and looking forward to seeing some of you today.

Finally, Chris and Kat, congratulations on getting married. Thank you for all you did for me and especially to Chris for inspiring me and teaching me loads about sports education and success and for generally being a top bloke. I wish you all the best in your married life together and we’ll be praying for you as you start it today!