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Rachel Cotopoulis

Rachel Cotopoulis

Secondary School French Teacher, Form Tutor 7RC

Rachel graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea with a BA Hons in French & English Language. One year of the 4 year degree course was spent in a Secondary school in Eastern France as an ‘English assistant’, a year which really cemented her passion for the French language, culture & people. Rachel completed her Post Graduate Teaching Degree (Secondary) in French at Swansea University.

Rachel started her teaching career in a Secondary school in a tough and challenging London borough and have since taught at a number of both Secondary and Middle schools in the home-county areas holding a variety of positions. Within the first three years of teaching she became a Lead Practitioner of Teaching & Learning in French, then an Assistant Year Leader and finally went onto become a Head of Learning, Aspiration & Achievement as part of the Lead Team at the school, tasked with improving all areas. There were many aspects to the role including taking the school’s teaching staff from Satisfactory to Outstanding and mentoring newly qualified teachers in order to support them to pass their 1st year as teachers. The role allowed Rachel to really get involved with the pastoral side of teaching and learning and making a difference to many students, both inside and outside the classroom.

It has always been Rachel’s aim to encourage more learners to take up languages at iGCSE level and to instill a sense of passion and enjoyment for language learning. Being a Head of Learning gave Rachel many opportunities to take students on enriching cultural experiences such as to South Africa, the Swiss Alps and shorter trips within mainland Europe, such as France and Belgium. Working in a number of challenging schools gave her valuable experience of working with students from all backgrounds as well as those with more complicated social, emotional and behavioural learning needs.

Having moved to Singapore, following her husband’s job four years ago, she very much enjoys life on ’The Little Red Dot’. Teaching in a multicultural and multinational environment is something that she finds extremely rewarding.  Rachel has a passion for travelling, language-learning and travel photography, although this particular hobby is still a work in progress!