Meet The Teachers




Longacre School has been listed in the Sunday Times list of the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools in England.

Penny Macfarlane
Mrs Penny Macfarlane,  Head of Humanities and Form IV Teacher

Mrs Macfarlane is curly of hair and curly by nature. Divine and unruly, there is no such thing as a straight timeline with Mrs Macfarlane. Passionate about Humanities, she veers off and digs deep into the bunkers of the World Wars. She embraces the Sixties, the Seventies, the Eighties, the Nile and Greek gods. She is an enthusiastic, imaginative and inspirational teacher. She recreates the moment, brings history alive and makes it relevant to today.  Mrs Macfarlane has an abundance of general knowledge and is an asset to any quiz team! Her dry and wicked sense of humour brighten’s everyone’s day.

Andrea Beasley
Miss Andrea Beasley, Reception Teacher

Miss Beasley is a Reception Class teacher but she is so much more than her title would ever reveal. She is such an asset to and ambassador for the school. Miss Beasley has a passion for Early Years teaching and her pastoral care of the children in her class is second to none. She is sensitive to the feelings of the parents too as they leave their offspring for the first time in her capable hands. She brings joy, enthusiasm and a love of learning to every day and every child that is fortunate to come her way.

Jane Beet
Mrs Jane Beet, Form I Teacher

Whilst there is something ‘Old School’ about Mrs Beet, that has everything to do with her demeanour and nothing to do with her approach to teaching. Mrs Beet has a quiet authority in the way very experienced teachers have. Mrs Beet is a truly dedicated teacher with a passion for education and colour. Her classroom is vibrant in the same way she is – always beautifully turned out. A pride in all one does and attention to detail is the minimum Mrs Beet expects and in an atmosphere of mutual respect, self-discipline and a willingness to achieve, fabulous things happen.

Steph Graham-Scott
Mrs Stephanie Graham-Scott, Form II Teacher

A vibrant, passionate lady works in Form II
Nothing is ever too much for our Steph to do
Calmness and strength and a sense of what’s fair
Steph is exceptional with her pastoral care.

Drama’s her love and she takes the LAMDA
The results last year you’ve just got to hand to her
All of her classes enjoy the fun and the laughter
And remember her fondly for many years after!

Nicky Hamer
Mrs Nicky Hamer, Reception Teacher

With a welcoming smile, Mrs Hamer waves her Reception children in for a loving, nurturing and enthusiastic day of learning at Longacre. Her caring and cuddly relationship with the children goes hand in hand with her vocational and committed attitude. Faced with a flap or a faff, Mrs Hamer never ceases to smile, creating a happy and empathetic Headquarters for her Reception NH.

Claire Bullen
Mrs Claire Bullen, Nursery Teacher

Mrs Bullen is the honeyed nectar of the exquisite flower that feeds the minds and nurtures the souls of all those young bees who embark on their educational journey at Longacre. She is soothing, calm, empathetic and the most wonderful Early Years Practitioner. No child could want for a more caring, gentle yet stimulating environment than the one Mrs Bullen creates at Longacre. No parent could want for a more considerate, compassionate, thoughtful and loving teacher for their child. Everyone who knows Mrs Bullen feels utterly secure in the knowledge that in her safe hands and under her attentive gaze, their child has been taken to, as one parent described it “a place where magic happens”.

Tara Pandey
Mrs Pandey, Head of Art and Form VI Teacher

Longacre’s lovely Art teacher,
Who is caring, kind and smart,
She always has the children’s
Best interests in her heart

She helps them love to learn,
Her lessons are always fun,
She motivates with praise,
Until the best they’ve done

A role model, she inspires them
To be what they can be
They are happy she’s their teacher
As all of us can see.

Jo Firth
Miss Jo Firth, Form I Teacher

Miss Firth has worked in the Pre-Prep for years, resulting in lots of experience and an assured approach to her teaching. She is well-known for her creativity and her classroom displays are a testament to this. Miss Firth’s class assemblies are always highly anticipated by all due to their humorous dialogue and extravagant costumes.

Mrs Christine Hamilton, Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hamilton is an excellent Teaching Assistant with a particular interest in SEN. She is based in Reception NH with Mrs Hamer and has a real hands on understanding of how to help all children learn. Mrs Hamilton is very approachable and kind, and helps pupils to thrive in a supportive and fun atmosphere while developing new skills and a love of learning. Mrs Hamilton is our resident ‘Dora the Explorer’ who has enjoyed travelling adventures with her own family. This has taught her that there is no one way of doing things and that everybody has something to offer, it’s all a question of finding the right path.

Mrs Nicky Houston, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Mrs Houston is our resident school nurse and can nearly always be found in a sea of bandages and plasters! When she is not saving lives, Mrs Houston is in Kindergarten administering her wonderful sense of humour on the future ambassadors of our school.



  • My time at Longacre started in Form III and I made friends with everyone very quickly! Everyone from the staff to the pupils were welcoming.
  • I first joined Longacre in Form III. At first I was really nervous as I had no idea what it was going to be like. I still remember going on a tour around the school with Mrs Bolton.
  • From when I started, back in Nursery, to the moment I will leave in just a week’s time (gosh the time really has gone quickly!), I have really enjoyed Longacre…