Sports staff

Elizabeth Phillips - Director of Sports (Junior and Senior Schools)

Elizabeth is excited and proud to be taking on the role of Director of Sports of the whole school at St Swithun’s. Elizabeth’s passion for sport crosses a wide range of activities such as netball, hockey, sailing, swimming, and dance. The grounding she garnered from her school, club and county teams led her to decide on a Bachelor of Education honours degree in Physical Education and Outdoor Education.

She has taught in the UK, USA, The Bahamas and Thailand, and in a variety of curriculums, such as British, IB and Singaporean.

Whilst abroad, Elizabeth has worked with 2-18 year olds and developed further experience teaching and playing in numerous sports, such as football, basketball, badminton, and handball. Elizabeth oversaw the development of a sports complex at her last school as the Athletics Director, has led the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, and been an IB CAS coordinator.

She is now enjoying adding one more sport: lacrosse, to her repertoire, after having completed her Masters of the Arts in Education at Bath University at the same time as moving back to the UK and starting her position with us at St Swithun’s. The future looks bright and we are excited to continue to create a school ethos that drives sports for all, whilst nurturing those who wish to excel.


Roger Marshall - Director of Sport (Junior School)

Before joining St Swithun’s as deputy head, Roger was director of sport at Rose Hill prep school, overseeing the curriculum and coaching team and creating links with sports organisations, including Bath and Bristol Rugby, Bath University and TeamBATH Netball. He also developed links with the local community through International Sports Coaching days, led by current and past international athletes.

At Rose Hill, Roger also created a programme for talented athletes which showed children new ways to train and new sports. This allowed them to see how certain skills are transferable from one sport to another.

Roger has reached county level in both athletics and basketball and was also selected for the England Junior Basketball squad training camp. He was offered an international student scholarship to play football and basketball at a school in the USA. In the UK Roger coached the Trinity College, Wales ladies basketball team, guiding them to victory in the Welsh universities championship in their first year.

Roger coaches the St Swithun's Junior sprinters. He also coaches netball to different year groups at the school.

Rebecca Hay - Head of PE

Rebecca has a BEd (hons) degree in physical education and is qualified to teach netball, hockey, gymnastics, dance, athletics, rounders, tennis and swimming.  She is the head coach for all of our major teams, allowing her to follow each a pupil’s progression  through the school.

Rebecca was a county cross-country runner and sprinter in her youth and her son is following in her footsteps and currently represents the junior GB athletics team. Rebecca has also performed in a students’ dance company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She now plays tennis, swims and is a keep fit enthusiast.

Juliet Dickinson

Juliet graduated from English National Ballet School, London with a degree in Professional Ballet in 2003 and then spent a year at Rambert School of Contemporary Dance before returning to Winchester.

She qualified as a fitness instructor level 3 and is also qualified as a gymnastics club coach and swimming teaching assistant. Before joining St Swithun’s in 2010, Juliet worked at Alton Convent as a teaching assistant and studied for a level 3 NVQ part time. She joined St Swithun’s in 2010 and has enjoyed supporting the children with their learning and PE.

Out of school she still teaches spinning classes and plays netball for a local team.

Louise Caldwell

Louise studied at Cardiff University and has a degree in physical education and a PGCE in physical education and history. She is qualified to teach all major sports including dance, gymnastics, netball, swimming, athletics, hockey, rounders and tennis. Louise played hockey for Hampshire and represented Welsh Universities at netball and hockey and is a specialist level 4 gymnastic coach and a grade C netball umpire.

Louise has taught physical education and history and coached the senior netball, swimmimg and gymnastic teams to county honours.

Louise has two boys who are also sporty! The youngest plays rugby for Winchester Rugby Club and is a member of Winchester and District Athletics Club. The eldest represents Hampshire and South Region in hockey and plays for Trojans Hockey Club.

Louise now takes our Year 2 to Year 6 gymnastic clubs and teaches a range of sports.