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La Retraite Legacy Continue to Soar!

Posted on: 7th Feb 2021

All of us at La Retraite, especially the English Department, like to congratulate La Retraite alumna Ellen Brewster, Class of 2013, on becoming Dr Ellen Brewster! Ellen was one of my top students long ago and far away in the days when we used to teach girls in classrooms. She went on to achieve great things in English Literature at GCSE and A Level before reading it at the University of Oxford.

Ellen progressed to specialise in 18th Century Literature and took part in some inspiring podcasts on some of our more esoteric writers like Henry Fielding, as well as giving freely of her time to support students at her former alma mater through her participation in Sixth Form events preparing students for our top universities. And (just a tip to anyone else who wants to study English Literature at a top university) she was also a devotee of 'Doctor Who' - the greatest drama ever screened on the BBC and one we'd recommend to all prospective applicants to Oxbridge (well it never saw Ellen nor Eva any harm!).

Jonathan Lomas, Head of English

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