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Surrey schools - Lindsay Redding, headmistress at Greenacre School in Banstead

PUBLISHED: 17:48 15 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:03 20 February 2013

Surrey schools - Lindsay Redding, headmistress at Greenacre School in Banstead

Surrey schools - Lindsay Redding, headmistress at Greenacre School in Banstead

Headmistress at Greenacre School in Banstead, Lindsay Redding chats to us about everything from her hatred of sausages to her love of the Rolling Stones and why she thinks wind farms are the future

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2010


Headmistress at Greenacre School in Banstead, Lindsay Redding chats to us about everything from her hatred of sausages to her love of the Rolling Stones and why she thinks wind farms are the future



If you hadnt become a teacher, what do you think youd have done instead?
Teaching is actually my second career. The first 15 years of my working life were spent in the field of marketing, specifically new product development, for a number of different companies in the cosmetics and toiletries field rather different from teaching geography!


Was there any type of school dinner that you couldnt stand?
Sausages. I attended a convent school and it was clearly instilled in us that we should not waste food. I was therefore very happy one day when my sausage jumped on to the floor as I cut into it, and none of the nuns noticed.


What were your favourite lessons at school?
Definitely my degree subjects economics and geography. I had a totally committed and inspiring economics teacher, who somewhat chaotically, juggled three children and a full-time teaching job.


On some occasions, when I was in the sixth form, she would even teach us at her house if that was the only way she could make it all work. She was an early and very positive female role model.


I have always had and still retain a fascination for the world around me and how man interacts with it. I observe geography at work all the time whether in my local environment or half way round the world.


So, your Desert Island Disc?
The Rolling Stones practically anything but for preference Midnight Rambler.


What is your favourite film?
The Bridges of Madison County. It is beautifully acted and filmed, romantic and with some great geography!


If you were to have a meal held in your honour and there was one space still available, who would you like to fill it?
For challenging conversation Ian Hislop; for inspiration Florence Nightingale; for dry wit Giles Coren; and for a great laugh Billy Connolly.


How do you relax away from your work?
I love gardening. I totally lose myself in the garden and am equally happy weeding and picking up dead leaves as creating beautiful displays.


I also enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes I have bits of paper from newspapers and magazines with new dishes to try all over the place. My latest quite successful trial was gin and pomegranate jellies.


If you were Prime Minister for one day, whats the first thing youd do?
Substantially expand the programme of building wind farms. I think they are quite majestic and definitely a good contribution to reducing fossil fuel consumption in a windy country.



  • Greenacre School for Girls, Sutton Lane, Banstead SM7 3RA.
    For more information, you can either call 01737 352114 or visit their website: www.greenacre.surrey.sch.uk

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