Mrs Penny Macfarlane

Life before Longacre

I spent a few years trying out various jobs and doing quite a bit of travelling before settling on teaching as a career. After my PGCE and three years teaching in London, I was posted with my husband to New Zealand.  On our return, I spent quite a few years at home raising my four children – now almost grown up – and then started supply teaching at Longacre eleven years ago.

Roles at School

I am now into my 10th year as Head of Humanities and I’m a Form V tutor. I teach Geography and History to Forms IV-VI. Part of my job is to organise trips for each year group – a particular favourite has to be in role play at Henley Fort, cowering in the Anderson shelter as the bombs whizz by overhead. I also love to take Form IV to Lodge Hill adventure centre each February and watch the kids overcome their fears, challenge themselves and bond closely in just two days. I also help to run the Green Team – a lunchtime club that meets to monitor the school’s green credentials, feed the birds, check the classrooms and run a Book Swap for the children.

Away from the Classroom

Apart from running around after the kids, I enjoy walking and yoga and play tennis for my local club. I’m also a keen photographer when time allows. Since lockdown I have seriously got into cycling my e-bike (bought for the Godalming hills!) and love coming into work along the old railway line Downs Link.