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Surrey schools: head of St Teresa's in Dorking, Lesley Falconer

PUBLISHED: 17:48 15 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:09 20 February 2013

Surrey schools: head of St Teresa’s in Dorking, Lesley Falconer

Surrey schools: head of St Teresa’s in Dorking, Lesley Falconer

It could have all been so different for the head of St Teresa's, Lesley Falconer, who was close to pursuing a career as a research scientist. In the end, however, fate led to the Dorking boarding school, where the dinners come highly recommended

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2010

It could have all been so different for the head of St Teresas, Lesley Falconer, who was close to pursuing a career as a research scientist. In the end, however, fate led to the Dorking boarding school, where the dinners come highly recommended

St Teresas School, Effingham Hill, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6ST. For more details, call 01372 452037 or visit

If you hadnt become a teacher, what do you think you would have done instead?
I thought long and hard about a career as a research scientist and actually began teaching in my MSc course but when I discovered I enjoyed the teaching more than the research, I realised that I might be missing my vocation!

Was there any type of school dinner that you couldnt stand?

Absolutely nothing! I loved and continue to love food. And believe me, being the headmistress of a boarding school means that there is always plenty of good food around!

What were your favourite lessons at school?
Sciences, of course, especially biology. Thats why I went on to read for a degree in microbiology. But actually also Ancient Greek!

So, your Desert Island Disc?
Believe it or not, I love all the old soul music things like Otis Reddings Sitting on the Dock of the Bay and Marvin Gayes I Heard It Through the Grapevine, to name just two.

What is your favourite film?
Im not actually very keen on cinema. I prefer the theatre and loved The History Boys.

How do you like to relax when you get a bit of free time away from your work?
Sorry? Did you say away from my work?! But seriously, I enjoy going to concerts to hear my husband play. Hes a professional blues guitarist.

If you were made Prime Minister for one day, whats the first thing you would do?
I think my answer is probably the same as most heads I would stop all the constant changes in education legislation and focus on the important things like teaching and learning. There is far too much box-ticking and form-filling these days and its easy to lose sight of the reasons we all came into the profession in the first place.

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