We are immensely proud of our former pupils, and are always interested in their chosen career path and hearing about just how well they are doing.
One of our former students is television sports presenter Jacqui Oatley who recently took time out from her busy schedule to pay us a visit at St. Dominic’s.
Jacqui was the first female football commentator on Match of the Day and was also the first female presenter of the BBC’s flagship football programme. She was awarded the MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and diversity in sport and is an Ambassador for Women in Football. Three years ago she was named the eighth Most Influential Woman in Sport.
Jacqui is one of our success stories at St. Dominic’s and we have all followed her career with a great deal of interest. She has been a real trailblazer for women in what is an extremely high profile occupation.
She helped to break the mould of what was a very male orientated world and opened the way for many more women to follow.
Jacqui was visiting her mother this summer, who still lives locally, and we were able to give her a private tour of her old school. She talked a lot about old stories and how the school gave her confidence.
She said she was so grateful for everything the school did to make her who she was today. Her mother also came along and said the same kind of things, saying she was so pleased to have specifically chosen St. Dominic’s for her child.
It seems no one in the family were particularly interested in football but it was interesting to hear how it became a big passion for Jacqui.
She talked about the fear she had of her old headteacher and how she still felt nervous walking around to where her office used to be. She also found a funny picture of herself in the dining hall where we showcase all the past school photos.
Jacqui may live elsewhere now but she is back in contact with the friends of the school and is keen to support the school at future events. It was a real pleasure to see her back at St. Dominic’s and we are hopeful that we won’t have to wait too long for her next visit.