|21 Nov 2022
Her new position sees Becky take a lead on the strategic development of LEH’s public benefit activity, supporting staff to deliver a range of partnership programmes including with Reach Academy, other local schools, ISSP and the SHINE sessions. She’s also in charge of co-curricular activities in school including clubs, CCF, Duke of Edinburgh and trips. Becky also has the rather thankless role of running the school calendar – no small task when there’s as much going on as there is at LEH!
Becky says: “My first priority is to ensure I keep everything running as brilliantly as it has been up until now! Then I hope to be able to expand and enhance our public benefit work, with a real focus on the positive impact that has on our own community and those we work in partnership with.
“My interest has always been on student experience, both academic and co-curricular, and institutional strategy including partnership and outreach activity. I am also passionate about institutional culture and its influence on student and staff wellbeing.”
After University, Becky fulfilled a long-held ambition to run an equestrian training centre, before moving in to teaching in land-based further education, progressing into leadership roles and then moving to the University sector. She was Assistant Vice-Chancellor of The Royal Agricultural University and then Dean of Enhancement at Hartpury University.
Becky joined LEH at the beginning of the Autumn Term and says: “I'm involved in teaching enrichment programmes through the school and also supervise pupils undertaking an EPQ and they are some of my favourite times of the week. In many ways, as an alumna, I feel a strong affinity with the pupils. But I'm also aware that in some areas, life is very different for the pupils now compared to when I was at LEH, not least with the pressures that come from social media. That's something I think the pastoral team here offer brilliant support with.”
How have things changed in the 30 years since she was a pupil? “Well, the uniform for a start!” laughs Becky. “No more grey flannel A-line skirts for the seniors and red corduroy hats in the Junior School! I think education as a whole has changed. I really valued and appreciated the exceptionally high-quality academic experience and opportunities I received as a pupil at LEH, and I know this has helped me in my career.”
“That still exists, of course, but now there is also far more emphasis placed on the holistic student experience and wellbeing in all schools, and I believe LEH does this particularly well. The sense of community, and everyone being supported and valued, is palpable. Also working with communities outside LEH means we are all more aware of the world around us and I think better prepared to live fulfilling lives outside and beyond school.”