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 grown up – and then started supply teaching at Longacre twelve years ago.

Roles at School

I am now into my 11th year as Head of Humanities and I’m also a Form IV 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

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.


You’re invited to join us at our upcoming Open Morning on 3rd March from 9:30am. 

Meet with our Head Matthew Bryan and other members of our Senior Leadership Team before you head off for on a tour of our stunning grounds with Longacre pupils, and get the chance to see the school through their eyes as they give their own unique insight in to Longacre.

We look forward to meeting you.