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Specialist Staff – English, Languages & Humanities

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Photo Credit: English trip to watch Othello at the Globe Theatre, London, 2018. 

Our English, Languages and Humanities department is full of specialist staff who dedicate their time to ensuring their students reach their full potential. From Cambridge graduates to industry experts; read below to meet some of our department staff and find out why they love teaching their course at Long Road! 


Cath Carpenter, Head of English, Languages and Humanities department. 

Cath studied a degree in Religious Studies, Theology and History and her PGCE at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

“As part of my undergraduate degree, I enjoyed studying, comparative philosophy,  Liberation Theology and the Mexican Revolution! It was also interesting to attend lectures and have supervisions with some of the leading controversial academics in the field. I later gained more experience of Eastern religions and philosophy through study and travel in Asia attending retreats and teachings with the Dalai Lama. I have also taken courses at the European Institute of applied Buddhism with the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. I am an experienced GCSE and A level examiner for Buddhism, philosophy of religion and ethics. 

This A level is for you if you enjoy conceptual thinking, exploring new ideas, reading academic texts and writing essays.” 

Emma Harpley, Teacher of English 

Emma has an MEd in Children’s Literature from Cambridge University. She also has 10 years industry experience, working as a journalist and sub-editor for newspapers across East Anglia and London before moving to work in PR and Communications; even working as press secretary to a Government minister before training to teach English and Drama and coming to teach at Long Road!

“I really enjoyed being on ‘the other side’ of teaching as it gave me a valuable insight into what it’s like to be a student these days – this has been really useful in helping me to guide students in terms of time management, planning, focus and motivation. I obviously also really loved watching Matilda the Musical six times for my thesis and emailing Tim Minchin about it.

What I love most about teaching English is sharing some phenomenal works of literature from throughout the ages and seeing students (genuinely!) fall in love with them. If prospective students are hungry to learn about life and people and how changing times through history can be reflected in literature, they will be thrilled by either of the A level English courses on offer at Long Road. ” 


Photo: Take by Photography student Gabbi at 2018 Offer Holders Day

Clare Dunkerley, History Course Team Leader

Clare studied BA(Hons) History at the University of Oxford and then went on to study her PGCE at the University of Cambridge!

“What I most enjoyed about the History course was learning new topics, especially English Radicalism during the French Revolution- and working with a nice group of fellow History students.”

Miranda Perkins, Teacher of History

Miranda has a BA(Hons) History from Wadham College, University of Oxford!

She has extensive experience working in education with a previous position as Head of History before joining Long Road and also teaching English in Athens; Miranda now teaches History at Long Road and works as an A-level examiner for AQA and Edexcel.

Laura Williams, Teacher of History

Laura has a BA(Hons) History from Trinity College, University of Cambridge! She has experience writing textbooks for both A level and GCSE courses, and also works as an A level examiner for AQA and Edexcel.

Clare, Miranda and Laura all say that “History is always interesting, there is no better subject to study!”