Mrs Carly Shapland BA (Hons) Head of English
Date you joined the School
What is your favourite novel and why?
Wuthering Heights – true love isn’t always quite where you expect it to be.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
I am what I am both as a result of people who respected me and helped me, and of those who did not respect me and treated me badly. – Nelson Mandela. I’m a firm believer in the idea that life is what you make of it, and that greatness and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places.
What was your favourite subject at School and why?
English – of course! Though History came a close second.
Why do you like working at Bethany?
Because everyone is really, really friendly.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
Horse riding, rugby (I don’t play anymore as I had a bit of a scary accident 10 years ago), reading, painting and drawing, theatre and playing Lego with my son.
What is your favourite School memory?
Leaving. Not because I hated school, far from it, but leaving school with an amazing set of friends and a huge stash of brilliant memories knowing I was ready to have a go at being a ‘grown up’ was just the best feeling ever. I’ve never felt so lucky and ready for anything at any other time in my life.
What is your favourite colour and why?
A bit like music it is mood dependant. Purple makes me feel happy and powerful, yellow is always good for cheering me up and I like black for its formality.
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
Be an astronaut.