Francesca Souter
Secondary Modern Languages Teacher

“I left Lincoln Minster School in 2012, after studying at the school for seven years. I went on to study for a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures, specialising in Spanish and Italian, at Hatfield College, University of Durham and achieved a Second Class (Upper Division).

“In my time since leaving LMS, I have worked as an au pair, a teacher and a journalist. My degree took me to both Spain and Italy, where I taught Spanish and then English, realising that while the thought of teaching subjects like Maths or Biology filled me with dread, language teaching could be the way forward. 

“I spent time living in Spain, where I worked as a freelance language teacher, focusing on Spanish, Italian and English as a foreign language. In that time, I also worked for one of the biggest English newspapers in Europe, as both a journalist and translator. After some time away, I decided to come back to the UK, complete my PGCE and become a full time Modern Languages teacher. I now work at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, a grammar school in Gainsborough, teaching Spanish. 

“Lincoln Minster taught me to dream big and go for what I want in life. I can say with certainty that every teacher who ever taught me shaped me in some way or another, whether they know it or not! Without the school and its fantastic teachers, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. 

“My advice to current students would be to take advantage of every opportunity available at Minster, as you never know when something small you learn will come in handy later in life.”