Head of Year 12 & 13/English
Karen hails from the outskirts of Manchester where she read English and History for her first degree, graduating in 1996 before moving to Kamakura, Japan to teach English as an Additional Language across various age groups for several years. She returned to England to begin her MA in Critical and Creative Writing at The University of Sussex (2003), working for five years at Brighton University where she supported students academically on courses ranging from Poetics to Education and teacher training.
After later completing her PGCE at Sussex University, Karen worked initially at the King Edward VI School in Morpeth, Northumberland, before returning to Brighton to join the English department at The College of Richard Collyer, an outstanding state sixth form where she taught and occasionally examined A Level and GCSE English Literature and Language courses until July 2018. She is a keen swimmer and cyclist who also loves cooking, jazz music and hidden histories.