Alexandra Torrance - Head of Department Merchiston Juniors
Four years ago, I moved as a 'newlywed' with my husband up to Scotland from London. I joined Merchiston soon afterwards as Teacher of First Form and immediately embraced our school community.
Academically, I value the Junior School curriculum's rigour. Pastorally, I enjoy sharing time with both Day boys and Boarders alike and continue to admire their engaging, questioning, well-rounded, kind ways. As a country girl at heart, I am also drawn to the outdoor and co-curricular potential of the Merchiston campus. After finishing my Bachelors degree in English Literature at Exeter University, I pursued a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy (primarily to help me fine-tune my horses when competing), followed by a PGCE. In London, I initially worked in a large, co-educational independent school in Battersea, and my focus was Literacy, Sport and Support for Learning. A move to the state sector brought promotion to Head of English at a school in Kensington, which I built upon by then leading the Schools Direct programme, mentoring trainee teachers and writing courses for their professional development.
I feel that primary-aged education should include a sense of awe and wonder. I am constantly thinking of new and exciting ways to capture the boys' imaginations - academically, pastorally, and outside the classroom - to develop each individual's excitement and love of learning. We have a busy year ahead, and I look forward to enjoying the journey with you and your son(s).
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with the dogs and horses. I am a keen sportswoman and ride, run a lot (usually with Dr Nugent), gym and play tennis. I am a foodie, and forever in the kitchen.
Joining Merchiston has been the most wonderful experience - there are too many inspiring moments to choose from. What I like most is how well I get to know the boys; I know that I can inspire and help them to reach their potential. I often refer to them as 'my boys' because I feel so invested in them and their futures.