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The Governing Body of BPS comprises a group of professionals who are all passionate about the Vision & Values of the school. We are fortunate as they bring a breadth of skills across education, child protection, business management, finance, law, property and human resources. The majority have long-standing connections with the school as parents of previous pupils or as senior members of staff.
The Governing Body meets regularly and has a good grasp of the school and its situation and opportunities. The governors work well as a team, are forward thinking and provide good direction.
Dr Myatt’s daughter has recently left BPS for secondary school, having started in the Kindergarten. Dr Myatt is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director with a local NHS Trust, and brings specialist safeguarding expertise to the governing body.
Mrs Bocquet has taught history for many years at a number of schools throughout the UK, latterly 12 years at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. She is currently the Student Progression Manager at Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester, part of the Bright Futures Education Trust, where she deals with university applications, apprenticeships and career guidance.
Mr Haywood’s daughter has recently left BPS for secondary school. Mr Haywood is a solicitor specialising in real estate and has worked as a partner in Central Manchester for 18 years.
Mr Stevenson’s daughter is a pupil at BPS. Mr Stevenson is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of roles in practice and industry, before moving into stockbroking in 2000. He is an equity analyst and partner at an independent stockbroker in the City.
Mrs Rylands has worked for British Airways as Cabin Crew and Employee Shares Consultant and latterly with British Aerospace, involved in Sales/Marketing worldwide tours and training overseas cabin crew. Her voluntary work includes NSPCC, Business Mentor at Knutsford High School and six years on the Youth Offending Team panel. She is an old girl from Culcheth Hall and believes if we can provide children with a good education, then we have given them the opportunity to develop and reach their potential.
Mrs Duschenes’ two daughters attended BPS until recently and she was a member of the Parents’ Society during their time at the school. She worked in Financial PR in the City of London and then as Communications Director of Braemar Group PLC whilst qualifying and practicing as an antenatal teacher with the NCT. She has also served as a Governor of UHSM (Wythenshawe Hospital). She is currently a director of corporate finance company Bayfield Capital.
Mrs Birkett’s daughter is in her final year at BPS. Mrs Birkett is a Solicitor and has worked in practise and in-house. She is now Chief Operating Officer of Yipiyap Ltd, a company in the education sector.
Dr Tighe’s two children have both attended BPS, her youngest is currently in year 6. She has been actively involved with the school for many years. She has a background in medicine having spent eleven years as a GP partner in a local practice and has extensive experience looking after children and their families. She is currently a director at M.J. Tighe limited.
Dr Zhao’s daughter is currently at BPS. She is a Lecturer in Language Education at the University of Leeds, specialising in assessment and technology-enhanced learning. Dr Zhao’s focus on the governing body is to continuously enhance curriculum design and teaching/learning efficiency.
Mr Hemming has three daughters who have all attended BPS, his youngest is currently in year 5. Mr Hemming is the Managing Director of a Business unit within the Aviva Insurance Group with particular experience in driving strategic change, creating environments that encourage people to take accountability for outcomes and leading large teams. He also mentors groups through the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
The governors are also Trustees of Bowdon Preparatory School Limited, which is a charity (Charity No.1142325) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 07577822), registered in England at the following address: Ashley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 2LT, UK.