The Clarkson philosophy of 'work hard, play hard' has long been a tradition, passed down from year to year by an excellent group of house prefects.
Whilst the girls are competitive and love to win they are also gracious in defeat – generally good sports celebrating achievement in the right manner and giving credit where it is due. They love to have fun and the house ‘social scene’ is strong with great parties at Christmas and at the end of the year. The accommodation lends itself to girls being together in a relaxed, comfortable and happy environment.
The girls recognise that the primary focus is academic and they work very hard to that end. As is often the case, the busiest pupils are the ones who are taking their work as seriously as their other activities. We have had some outstanding academic achievements and this year was no exception but, more importantly, the girls reach their full potential. Music, sport and drama are embraced with enthusiasm and many complete their Duke of Edinburgh's award alongside A Level studies.
A House can only operate successfully if it has strong support; the tutors in Clarkson are superb. Whilst being thorough in monitoring the pupils’ progress they are also approachable and supportive if the girls need help. Matron and the house ladies keep the house spotless and are on hand to assist the girls with any practical problems such as mending uniform and finding lost property.
This year our achievements included: winning the junior netball, hockey and the swimming relays. Wrekin has some outstanding individual sportswomen and girls compete at county and national level in a variety of sports including hockey, netball, swimming and fencing. Clarkson is also home to some very talented musicians and these are showcased in our annual At Home concert. I am always very proud of the spirit in which the girls volunteer to represent the House and do their very best. Clarkson is truly full of girls leading very busy, fulfilling lives.
Housemistress, Michelle Warner
Michelle joined Wrekin College in 2001 as a Newly Qualified Teacher following the completion of her PGCE when she spent two terms on her teaching placement at Wrekin. She now occupies the position of Head of Physical Education. Her main passion is teaching Physical Education to GCSE and A level, and she also enjoys teaching Physics and has been involved with the delivery of the sixth form Life-skills programme and internal exams.
Michelle has always been a keen sportswoman and played county, regional and international hockey for Wales until retiring in 2000. She has coached the North Wales Under 18 and Under 16 teams. At Wrekin, Michelle has the responsibility of coaching girls hockey teams across the age range. As a former county athlete, in the summer term she can be seen on the athletics track putting the sprinters through their paces.
Michelle was previously boarding Tutor in Hadden Hall and tutor in Clarkson House and from September 2017 will become Housemistress of Clarkson. Michelle is married to Ralph and has two young daughters. She is a lover of the outdoors, horse riding, caravanning and she enjoys visiting National Trust properties.
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