Lucy McIlwraith
Lucy McIlwraith
Teacher of English, Bedales

BA (Hons) English, Durham University

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

Flexibility, humour, patience.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

For some, it’s how to create a work/life balance that works for them; for others, it’s a love of exploration of what it is to be human; for most, it’s delight in their own abilities.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

I’m technically part-time but I still do all sorts of other stuff: I’m an enthusiastic choir member, which often means that I’m singing all the way to and through the next lessons! I’m also the first to volunteer to dress up for silly English department activities like our ‘Eve of St Agnes’ experience – a re-creation of an imaginary medieval teenager’s bedroom, including a sumptuous and exotic midnight feast!

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

What makes Bedales special is the kind and generous atmosphere that we all work towards in everything we do. We are actively anti-hierarchical and try to create as much equality as we can in our learning and in our social interactions.

Who or what inspires you?

My colleagues, my students, my family.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I used to run a vintage clothing shop.