Heathfield is the best summer school in the world and my teacher is the best teacher in the universe!
Diana, 12, Ukraine
In Heathfield I really progressed in English. I LOVE the teachers.
Caterina, 10, France
The Teaching Team
Heathfield Summer School is fortunate to have an excellent team of teachers who return each summer. During the year some work as English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers overseas and others teach and lecture in Britain. They have a range of different ages, qualifications and experience but share great enthusiasm and a love of teaching the girls at Heathfield.
Director of Studies
Joe O’Dowd has been at Heathfield since 2008 when he came to us as Senior Teacher. In 2009 he took over as Assistant Director of Studies and in 2010 was promoted to Director of Studies. Joe has been working in English Language Teaching for over twenty years, mostly with International House, one of the world’s leading EFL teaching organisations, and has held positions in teaching, teacher training and management. Joe holds the CELTA and DTEFLA teaching qualifications as well as the IH Certificate in Young Learner teaching, a programme on which he has also tutored, and the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM). Joe is an authorised examiner for Cambridge ESOL and is currently working as a freelance EFL teacher in San Sebastián (Spain), where he lives.
Assistant Director of Studies
Patricia Santos Cabaço is Canadian by birth but now lives in Portugal. Patricia has been working as an English Language Teacher for almost ten years, mainly with International House, although she has also taught in Portuguese state schools. She has a teaching degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, which she completed at the University of Coimbra and is valid for both elementary and secondary teaching. Patricia completed her CELTA and Teaching Young Learners Certificate at International House as well as the IH Certificate in Teaching 1-2-1. Her EFL teaching has ranged from pre-primary and primary students to teenagers and adult classes. Patricia is married with a young son and has been working at Heathfield since 2009.
Joe and Patricia are supported by a strong team of teachers, led by a university lecturer, Dr Emma Newport, who teaches the most advanced General English group and our special English with Style course for older girls.
Heathfield staff are qualified and experienced teachers who specialize in English as a Foreign Language and who are passionate about the education of girls and young women. We choose a balance of older and younger staff and of teachers who specialise in primary level teaching and those who work with older students. A number of our staff live and work overseas during the academic year, including in some of Europe’s top English language teaching schools and university departments. Other staff teach English in schools and further education colleges in Great Britain.