Ollie Bray born and brought up in Weymouth has become the Global Director of Play at Lego. A pupil at Radipole Primary School and what is now the Wey Valley School Ollie went on to become headteacher of a school in the Scottish Highlands.
Ollie’s mum Sue takes up the story.
‘Ollie was former headboy at the Wey Valley School and then an A-level student at Weymouth College before heading off to Plymouth University at the age 18 to compete a degree in Geography at the University of Plymouth.
Although he moved to Scotland at 21 to take up a post at Glenmore Lodge the National Outdoor Training Centre near Aviemore in the Highlands he still retains very strong links with Weymouth and Portland. Remaining involved with the Dorset Expeditionary Society for many years and becoming chair of the Will Mackaness Trust in 2016.
I was surprised when I heard he was moving to the LEGO Foundation (and even more surprised his partner Louise and him were moving to Denmark) but then he has always been passionate about play, education and system change so I guess the new role makes perfect sense?’
‘Now Bray, 40, is moving on from Kingussie High School to a bigger stage: his success has brought him to the attention of Lego, the Danish toy company, which has appointed him to explore ways of establishing play-based learning in schools worldwide. As the director of global initiatives to connect play and education, he will join the Lego Foundation, the company’s education arm, with a brief to counter “an outdated emphasis on standardised testing and rote learning”, which Lego says equips children for the world of yesterday, not today.’
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