Lucy Gallagher

Head of English for Years 7-11

Lucy took her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and read for her Master’s and Ph.D. at Newcastle University where she specialised in contemporary British literature and the literary canon. Her doctorate was entitled The Contemporary Middlebrow Novel: (Post)feminism, Class and Domesticity, and traced the development of women’s writing as documents of social change from the 1980s to the present day. Lucy has published articles on topics including feminist theory, middlebrow culture, and women’s writing. She undertook her PGCE at the Oxford University Department of Education and St Stephen’s House in 2013.

Lucy joined d’Overbroeck’s as Head of English in September 2021 after having worked at other independent schools in Oxford, including St Edward’s School (Head of Theory and Knowledge, Head of IB English and Assistant Housemistress) and New College Prep School (Head of English).

Beyond the classroom, Lucy has a passion for Art History and has travelled the length of Italy, taking in the wonders of the Renaissance and Baroque along the way. Closer to home, she enjoys introducing her young daughter, Flora, to the world of books, and Lucy is proud to be able say that they can both now recite most of Julia Donaldson’s back catalogue by heart!