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Mrs Claire Papastefanou

Mrs Claire

Life before Longacre

I was born and raised in South Africa. My love for nature and wildlife led me to study a BSC degree specialising in zoology and microbiology. During this time, I discovered I had a passion for teaching and so I went on to complete my PGCE. I have since worked in both junior and senior independent schools in South Africa, where I was the Academic Head of Natural Sciences and Head of Year.

As a family we emigrated to England at the start of the COVID 19 pandemic (crazy timing!) and I stayed at home with my two young children. Now that my son and daughter are older, I am excited to get back to doing what I love….to teach! I look forward to this new adventure at Longacre.

Roles at School

I am thrilled to be the Head of Science and to share my passion for all things biology related.

Away from the Classroom

I love to read a good mystery novel and I am happiest being outside in nature. I am also an avid sports lover and you will often find me watching my favourite sports such as water polo, swimming and hockey. I used to play and coach multiple sports back in South Africa and I look forward to getting involved with them again. If I am not running around after my two kids, I love to spend time with my family and friends.




We warmly invite you to join us at our upcoming Open Morning and experience life at Longacre as you meet pupils, and chat with teachers and our Senior Leadership team.

We look forward to meeting you!

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