Sylvie Bartlett-Rawlings

Head of Boarding

After 30 years of teaching and leading an MFL Department, I decided to go back to boarding and chose The Royal to do so. My belief in the profound impact of pastoral care on our students’ development played a pivotal role in choosing to go back to boarding. My ambition is to promote diversity, excellent education and boarding ethics in a safe, fun and family like environment.

What work experiences led you to the role you are in today?

I started my teaching career as a boarding assistant in a girls’ house before becoming head of year. After a few years, I became head of MFL and started a mixed junior boarding house at Sutton Valence School. I taught French literature and MFL at secondary level for many years.

When my daughter was younger, I was asked to collaborate and implement the languages curriculum in primary schools in England, with the University of Canterbury. I trained primary school teachers and supported them in their schools. I also ran and participated in events for the Association for Language Learning in Kent and in London. In the last 10 years, I became heavily involved in developing the use of iPads within the MFL classroom. I trained teachers and ran workshops for ALL and at the yearly TiLT Conference.

What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now? What makes it so interesting?

At the moment it is the revamping of Stoatley to welcome back junior boarders. Hopefully in September 2024.

What do you love most about your job and why?

The challenges, working with amazing young people. The community at The Royal, especially the pastoral team.

Who inspires you?

Quite a few people. My students and among others: Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama, Emma Gonzalez, Alex Scott, my dear friend Joy Kemp who is a researcher at Guy's Hospital and a global professional advisor at The College of Midwives.

What is a fun fact no one knows about you?

I used to be a cross country skiing instructor and competed in cross country skiing competitions!

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

In my garden in France with a good book and a glass of chilled local Savennières wine

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I am a good cook who likes experimenting with fusion cuisine.

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