Rugby: Legend Green gets vice principal role at Saracens High School
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 January 2019
Sonia Green, one of Saracens Women's longest-serving players, has been appointed as Vice Principal of Saracens High School, a move she describes as a dream come true.
The 35-year-old will take up her position in September 2019 following eight years at The Petchey Academy, four of which were as the Director of Sixth Form.
Her success as a teacher may come as no surprise given her achievements on the rugby pitch for Saracens. She joined the club as a teenager in the 2002/03 season, broke into the first team after two years and has been a mainstay ever since, helping the Women in Black to numerous league and cup titles.
On the international stage, she was part of England’s Elite Player Squad and captained England Sevens, and last season she was instrumental in Saracens winning the inaugural Tyrrells Premier 15s.
“For half of my life I have had the honour of being a respected member of the Saracens family and our core values have been at the centre of my success as a teacher, leader and international athlete,” said the Loughborough University graduate.
“Being a teacher at Saracens High School is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it has been an ambition of mine since learning of the school’s opening. I hope I can be an instrumental part in changing the lives of the young people through instilling our core values to enable their success.”
Saracens High School is a new free mainstream secondary school in nearby Colindale which opened in September 2018 with 156 starting in year seven. Another 156 year seven pupils will be enrolled in September 2019, and in 2020 the new school building will open with a capacity of 1,130.
It has adopted Saracens’ core values of hard work, discipline, honesty and humility, and Green cannot wait to put them into practice in her new position.
“These values have been the foundation of my educational philosophy and sporting achievements,” she continued. “I am looking forward to building on what I have gained from working at The Petchey Academy and before that The Davenant Foundation School to contribute to the development of the Saracens High School community and build our Saracens family.
“I am obviously saddened to be leaving my current school and students. I feel very honoured to have played a part in supporting the Sixth Form students at The Petchey Academy and I am exceptionally proud of my students’ achievements.
“Without the support of the schools I would not have been able to balance rugby and my teaching career. I am very grateful for the support they have given me.”
Dr Matthew Stevens, Principal of Saracens High School, said: “We are very excited about Sonia’s appointment as Vice Principal at Saracens High School. We had 57 applications, which in the current climate is fantastic, and we invited six very talented school leaders to a gruelling two-day interview process.
“Sonia was the standout candidate in all areas. Her experiences in education have given her a real strength in improving teaching and learning, developing a positive culture for learning, monitoring assessment, as well as marketing and developing partnerships.
“In her final interview she described this as her dream job, and her commitment to the school’s values and how they have contributed to her successes in education and rugby was compelling.
“As we grow into our second year, and effectively double our staff size, this was a crucial appointment. Sonia is going to bring a huge amount of experience, combined with her passion to help young people to be the best they can be, and she will play a key role in helping us deliver an outstanding education for our local community.
“Although playing for Saracens did not contribute to the panel’s decision, Sonia’s appointment further strengthens our direct links with the rugby club, particularly with the women’s team which is really exciting for the pupils. We look forward to working with her, and seeing the impact her expertise will have on our children and our community.”
Saracens Chairman Nigel Wray said: “What a happy coincidence! Congratulations to Sonia on an appointment that can only bring the club and the school even closer together to continue to work hard in our community.”