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Get to Know Our New Principal, Rachel Harper

20 July 2022
Get to Know Our New Principal, Rachel Harper

For the second of our blogs introducing Mrs Rachel Harper, we spoke to her about her life outside of school, and her path to becoming a school leader.

What do you like to get up to outside of work?

I love walking. I walked Mount Kenya in 2000 and I’m now really fortunate to live near the coast, so my partner and I have started walking the south west coastal path, we’re 150+ miles into the 630 mile walk! It is stunningly beautiful, we take the same packed lunch… it’s become a bit of a ritual. My husband Neil carries the rucksack, as I’m not too sporty myself!

Otherwise, I support West Bromwich Albion as a family tradition, and I love going to the 20:20 cricket, its tremendous fun!

What inspired you to get involved in education?

The students – simply. Having the opportunity to impart knowledge of a subject that I’m passionate and enthusiastic about is the best job in the world.

Did you always want to be a teacher?

No, I wanted to be a Doctor, by life took me on a different path and I am so glad it did

What’s your favourite part of your job currently?

Talking to young people, they never fail to surprise me,

What’s your favourite memory during your career as a teacher?

Taking students who had never left the local area, on a school trip to London, I can’t describe the excitement and the sense of wonder they had! Two of those students went on to study at universities in London, one at UCL and the other at King’s College. I can’t say that was down to me, but I would like to say that I played a part.

What was your favourite subject when you were at school?

Science, my science teachers were fabulous, I was in awe! I used to go home and say to my parents…’Did you know….?

Finally, If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

Don’t be scared of failing, you’ll learn so much and will always fail better next time.

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