Karen Gracie-Langrick has over 25 years of experience working in education, within both a school and university setting. Having gained a BA (Hons) in Archaeology (with Classics and Latin) at the University of Reading, she then became their student-elected Sports Federation President. Following this, Karen completed an MA in Archaeological Heritage Management at the University of York during which she gained an Arkell Fellowship Award to support her research into the ‘Educational value of Roman Villa sites’ in the UK and Germany. Karen then worked with English Heritage and Bournemouth University to undertake a national survey of Monuments at Risk and acted as the Education Officer for Bradwell Abbey.
After gaining her PGCE in Secondary History, Karen came to teach History and Ancient History at Leighton Park, where she has had an interesting and varied career: as Head of History; PSHCE; IB Coordinator and now as Deputy Head, Academic. Karen holds a National Professional Qualification for Headship and has been instrumental in driving new initiatives for Leighton Park to become a STEAM centre of excellence and to develop a philosophy of ‘Change makers’ through Ethical Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Karen is a keen sportswoman, supporting the Girls’ Cricket at Wargrave CC and, holding the Gold Award, is an advocate of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.