Rachel Gray & Cat Coe
Rachel studied English Language at Sussex University graduating with 1st Class Honours. Her specialism was sociolinguists and her dissertation explored gender differences in Parliamentary Question Time. Rachel also took modules in English Literature including Shakespeare and Romantic Poetry. She has taught A Level English Literature, Language and Media Studies for the past nine years at high achieving comprehensive schools. In this time, she has taught, amongst others, ‘Othello’ ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Blake and Keats poetry. She has completed a Masters in Education focusing her dissertation on motivating reading for pleasure in the secondary school context. Rachel is currently an Associate Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Initial Teacher Training, Newly Qualified Teachers and whole school Continual Professional Development. As a result, Rachel has supported a large number of teachers in the early stages of their career and has worked with teachers of all ages and levels of experience and expertise.
Cat studied English at Southampton University where she wrote her dissertation on the influence of Old English language and culture on the works of J R R Tolkien. Other highlights from her degree include modules on postcolonial literature, Romantic poetry and experimental creative writing. Cat has been teaching English at Wallington County Grammar School since 2009 and has been Subject Leader of English since 2013. Her favourite texts to teach include ‘Hamlet’, ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. A member of her school’s Learning Strategy Team, Cat works with a small group of Senior and Middle Leaders to help raise the standards of learning and teaching across the school. She has supported and mentored a large number of teachers in English and in other subject areas, including trainees and more experienced colleagues. In her spare time, Cat is an avid fan of the theatre and enjoys performing in a number of local amateur productions every year.