Charlotte Godwyn

Charlotte was born in London, but her family moved to the South Coast when she was one. She went to The Prebendal School in Chichester, frequently singing in the choir in Chichester Cathedral. Here Charlotte became Head Girl in 2000, following the school celebrating its quincentenary anniversary.

She was awarded an Academic Scholarship to Lancing College, the flagship Woodard school, where she boarded as a member of Fields House. Here Charlotte advanced her passion for sport, beginning to play cricket; she was somewhat of a novelty travelling to big independent schools as a teammate of her male peers. In 2004, Charlotte was awarded a place on the College’s biennial trip to Malawi, where she helped decorate a new hospital wing, the construction of which the College had funded. This eye-opening trip ignited Charlotte’s intrigue for travelling to far-flung corners of the world!

Charlotte chose to study Spanish and Italian at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Here she obtained an MA, whilst captaining the Ladies’ University Cricket Club. In her second year, she lived on Hope Street, in the same apartment where Prince William and Kate Middleton had lived two years previously. She failed, however, to find any signs of their residence carved into the back of the furniture, but says “the bullet proof windows kept the flat really cosy! ”

Before coming to Wellington, Charlotte worked at St John’s College in Southsea as a teacher of Spanish and French. She started girls’ cricket at the school, and so far the 1st XI are undefeated. She was head of Leo House, who too are undefeated hockey champions.

Outside the classroom here at Wellington, Charlotte runs the girls’ netball squads. 22 girls trained last year across the four different squads and this year this has rocketed to over 85. Last year these squads saw great success against local opposition of Dulwich Shanghai and Suzhou, BISS Pudong and BISS Puxi.

“I coach my girls with great enthusiasm and make our sessions together very enjoyable. Whether you are a beginner or are mastering a sport, you must remember that principally a sport is to be enjoyed. This, in my opinion, is the key to a successful sports squad.”