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Mrs Sheila Manson

Sheila Manson

Life before Longacre

Since leaving school, a very long time ago, I have completed Part 1 of the MCSP exam, been a doctor’s receptionist, a lab technician in an independent secondary school, trained as a hearing therapist, worked for a local authority installing emergency alarms, been an area organiser for a cancer charity and managed a resource/ rehab centre for adults with an acquired disability! Then 17 years ago I saw the light and began my teaching journey; working first as a teaching assistant, then returning to university to train as a teacher. After 14 happy years at Holy Trinity School in Guildford, in a variety of roles, I made the move in 2015 and was appointed as a Form Tutor teaching in various disciplines here at lovely Longacre.

Roles at School

As Head of Drama I can indulge my passion for Theatre Arts across the curriculum, particularly for my degree specialism Geography. I currently also teach Form V and Form VI English which I love… and usually manage to involve some dramatic techniques when analysing text or understanding character!

Away from the Classroom

Well there can be no surprise that I spend a great deal of time at the theatre, either as an audience member or involved in the Youth Theatre as a chaperone, but I also enjoy walking, singing in a gospel choir and trying to tame my garden. Catching up on sleep when I can is a favourite, but rare pastime and I have been known to read the odd book….but only during the holidays! As a volunteer I have coordinated a Child Contact Centre, once or twice a month, since 2001. I am busy, but happily so and life is too short to stand still….as long as you remember to stop and ‘smell the roses’!


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!

To RSVP, please visit our Open Day page here.