Trampoline coach springs into head role
AZOOLOGIST and trampoline coach has sprung into action to lead the girls division at King’s.
Mum-of-two Helen Broadley has been appointed from within, having already spent 16 years at King’s Girls’ as a senior subject teacher, head of Year 10 and head of houses, teaching biology, general science and psychology.
A former gymnast and now a trampoline coach and top competition judge, Helen has also played a key role in coaching King’s Girls’ internationally renowned gymnastic, trampoline and cheerleading teams.
Born and brought up in the Midlands, Helen attended Droitwich High School before studying zoology at Nottingham University.
She returned to teach at her old school before heading north, at first teaching at St Hilary’s before joining King’s.
Helen, who is King’s Girls’ fifth principal in the 22 years since it was founded on the site of the former Macclesfield High School for Girls on Fence Avenue, said: “I am looking forward to working with wonderful groups of girls and a fantastic, dedi- cated team of staff promoting the healthy development of all.”
She added: “I hope to play a role in driving the school forward into an exciting new stage in its history and ensuring every girl is fostered and thrives in our warm, caring and friendly community.
“Every girl should be encouraged to work hard, play hard and to be kind.”
Helen, who has lived in Congleton for 19 years with her husband and two children who both go to King’s, says teaching has always been her vocation: “It’s essential to engage the learner, make learning exciting and provide all your pupils with a thirst to want to know more.”
As well as being a gymnast, Helen is a keen sailor and skier who loves the great outdoors. She concluded: “I am committed to giving each and every girl an inspiring education and the opportunity to thrive as an individual. I want to encourage King’s girls to be ‘smart in every sense of the word’.”
King’s has announced plans for a new school adjacent to the current playing fields at Alderley Road.
●● Helen Broadley, the new principal of the Girls’ Division at King’s, with Katie Barr and Lottie Bailey from Year 7