Swapping school for alpaca farm

Rutland & Stamford Mercury
By: Andrea Scholes
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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School’s finally out for headteacher Karen Hepworth-Lavery, who is swapping the classroom for the great outdoors.

Karen, who lives in Maxey, near Market Deeping, has retired after 35 years in teaching, 28 of those as a headteacher, to spend more time with her alpacas.

Karen fell in love with the adorable creatures after going on a walking with alpacas experience just over two years ago and decided she wanted to buy some.

She now has a small herd of 11 alpacas and from that came the inspiration for Misty Meadows Alpacas of Maxey, a business she set up with her husband, journalist John Lavery.

But, although she has called time on her work as a headteacher, Karen does not intend to turn her back on education.

She is planning to offer an education consultancy service and, through her alpaca business, will also be providing a programme of educational support for children and adults with special needs, as well as a range of alpaca experiences.

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