Sheffield teacher’s top grade in subject of beauty

Pictured is Rachael Foster who has made it to the semi-finals of the Miss England competition
Pictured is Rachael Foster who has made it to the semi-finals of the Miss England competition
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SHE spends her days delivering lessons to classrooms full of schoolchildren.

But teacher and university graduate Rachael Foster is now heading for a different kind of audience, and hoping to chalk up another A-grade success for her CV - by becoming Miss England.

By day the 22-year-old, who is originally from Dronfield and now lives in Sheffield city centre, teaches at Tapton Secondary School in Crosspool, Sheffield.

But she is preparing to prove she has the whole package - beauty and brains - after reaching the semi-finals of the nationwide competition.

The conscientious Sheffield Hallam University graduate, who harbours ambitions to become a paediatric dietitian, says she has always put her studies first until now.

“I have never been in a beauty pageant before but other people had mentioned it,” she said.

“Then this year I just decided to go for it. I looked into the competition and saw that it looked at contestants as a whole package and did a lot of charity work.”

With just days left until the competition, Rachael has to juggle her work as a full-time supply teacher, plus her responsibility for the after-school dance club she runs, with preparing a talent video and an outfit for the catwalk.

She said: “One of the rounds is modelling a dress we’ve made from recycled materials, borrowed items, or charity shop items! So I am rushing around trying to fit it all in.

“But everyone at the school has been really supportive and my mum has been going crazy getting people to vote for me.”

The next heat of the contest takes place in Leicester next Wednesday, and Rachael needs text votes to help boost her chances of being one of 10 girls selected to take part in the final.

Zara Louise Gold-Manyou, who is Miss Rotherham, and Jade Mellows who is Miss Sheffield, are also in the semi-final of the Miss England competition.

n Log on to www.missengland.info/semi-finalists-2012 for details of how to vote.