Bernard practised as a solicitor in Birmingham for 37 years and was a Partner with the firm Lee Crowder specialising in commercial litigation. His three sons attended the School between the years 1988 and 1997.
Bernard joined the governing board in April 2013. As well as his role as Chair of Governors, Bernard also chairs the Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Committee.
Martin is Managing Director of Tyndallwoods Solicitors, Trustee of the OHMI Trust and the Limoges Charitable Trust & formerly a governor of a state primary school (10 years in post). His three children are former pupils and wife Judy was a previous Chair of the Association of Friends.
As well as Vice Chair of the Governing Board, Martin is Chair of the Finance & Estates, and the Awards Committee. He joined the governing board in 1999.
Emma graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1992, and worked as a solicitor in a large commercial law firm specialising in employment law until 2001. She was formerly Chair of Governors at a local Special Needs State school for 11 years. Emma has three children, her son Will and daugther Lily are former BCS pupils.
Emma is Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee.
Martin was a founding Director of a construction consultancy firm offering Project Management, Cost Management, Health and Safety and Facilities Management services. The firms were sold to a management buy out team in 2007. Since then Martin has acted as a Consultant in a freelance capacity.
Since joining the board in 2008, Martin’s expertise has been of great value in planning and completing improvements to the School site, most recently these have included a new astro-turf pitch and gym studios in the Sports Centre.
Prior to her retirement, Karan spent 44 years working in Health and Social Care. She spent 26 years as a Nurse, Health Visitor, Health Service Manager and then as the Designated Nurse for Child Protection. This was followed by 18 years with Children’s Social Care chairing Child Protection Conferences. Karan has extensive knowledge and experience in safeguarding practice and procedure and the roles of all the statutory agencies. She is the Link Governor for Safeguarding and Special Education Needs, and also the Governors’ representative on the Association of Friends’ Committee. Karan’s four children are former Blue Coat pupils.
Karan is Chair of the Health and Safety Committee and joined the governing board in June 2004.
Guy is a graduate of Cambridge University and Trinity Theological College, Bristol. He is Vice-Chairman of Birmingham City Council’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education and a Governor of Broadway Academy, Aston. Guy’s daughters, Victoria and Alice, are former pupils of The Blue Coat School.
Michèle has had a long association with Blue Coat as she herself attended the School from 1983 to 1986. She is a former Deputy Head and previous editor of Prep School Magazine. Currently Michèle is School Chaplain at a Prep School in Glastonbury.
Steve is currently a Birmingham based partner in the accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
During his 30 years in the accounting sector he has gained significant experience in tax, accounting, legal and of a broad range of businesses operating in numerous sectors of the economy.
Both of Steve’s daughters, Melanie and Natasha, attended the School, with Natasha due to graduate from the school in the summer of 2019.
Steve is a member of the Finance & Operations Committee.
Anita has a marketing background, and worked for several Advertising and Marketing agencies before moving to the position of Brand Manager at MG Rover. As a former parent at the School, Anita was heavily involved in school life and was previously Chair and Vice-Chair of the Association of Friends (PTA). Her two sons were pupils at the School between 2005 – 2017. Anita is the Link Governor for The Blue Coat School Old Scholars’ Association.
Stephen is a retired partner from the accountancy firm, Deloitte. He has gained significant experience on the financial operations of the education sector as well as charities during his career. A former trustee of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (an educational charity) for 15 years, Stephen currently assists other not for profit organisations. Stephen’s two grandchildren currently attend the School.
Stephen is Chair of the Finance & Operations and Governance Committees.
Adrian is a Chartered Surveyor and Director of Pennycuick Collins Limited, based at Five Ways, Edgbaston. He has been in private practice in Birmingham since the late 1980’s and was previously a Partner with James & Lister Lea, undertaking a wide range of consultancy work from pre-acquisition surveys through to the project management of refurbishment and new build projects.
Adrian became a Governor in January 2020 and is a member of the Finance & Estates Committee”
Currently Dean of Birmingham, The Very Reverend Matt Thompson has extensive experience as a school governor in a variety of schools, primary and secondary; church and community; maintained, voluntary aided, academy trusts and now the independent sector.
Nick is Vicar of the local parish church and sits on the boards of a number of other charities. Before coming to Birmingham, he was a Foundation Governor of a Church of England School in London. Nick is married with three children who are former and current pupils of the School.
A dancer from an early age, Jessica has toured the UK and USA with the Laban Centre’s resident company Transitions. Through this she developed a love of teaching and working with young people.
She became Principal of Elmhurst in autumn 2010. In her role as Principal, Jessica is actively involved with the Music and Dance Scheme School’s National Head teachers group and a number of other networks to support the development of Elmhurst. Jessica is a Team Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
She has run workshops for trainee head teachers with the National College of School Leadership and has created a number of television programmes for Teachers TV. Jessica has been a Senior Leader in three London Secondary Schools, and prior to joining Elmhurst Jessica held senior appointments for Edison Learning, an International School Improvement Company, deployed at Turin Grove Secondary School in Enfield. Ofsted has described her as a ‘highly effective leader’.
Noel joined The Blue Coat School in September 2017. He is currently on his third Headship, spanning over 12 years in both the Independent and state sector. He is a member of the National College of School Leaders, and an advocate of ‘learning without limits’. Noel moved up from his former school St. Peter’s Prep School, Lympstone, Devon, with his wife Jules and two children Bea and Jasper who currently attend the School. Outside of School, Noel, himself a keen sportsman, relaxes by supporting his rugby team – The Exeter Chiefs!
Helen first joined Blue Coat as a part-time teacher in Reception before progressing to become a full-time Year 1 teacher and subsequently Head of Pre-Prep. Helen leads the Pre-Prep Department and oversees the Buttons Nursery keeping a watchful eye on the pastoral and academic development of all the children from age 2 to 7.
As a member of the EMT, Helen has whole school responsibilities for strategic developments giving input into decisions to ensure that as a School, we continue to provide the very best for our pupils. She is the Main Designated Safeguarding Lead, ensuring that all safeguarding practices are fully implemented; responsibilities also include preparing documentation for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) and supporting the Governing Body with policy preparation and review.
Following a career in the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer, Gareth joined The Blue Coat School having been the Bursar at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys for the past 3 years.
Robbie grew up just a stone’s throw away from the Blue Coat campus and has always had a strong understanding of the School’s history and reputation. He worked at Wells Cathedral Senior School for his first 8 years in teaching, enjoying a number of roles that included Master in charge of Cricket and Academic Head of Sixth Form.
As Head of Boarding and Director of Co-Curricular at St Peter’s Prep School in Devon, Robbie found expanding the extra-curricular programme especially rewarding. Since joining Blue Coat, he has been keen to extend the opportunities for pupils and to widen their horizons through additional clubs and activities. This is an on-going process but already the extensive programme he has put in place will encourage the children to develop into well-rounded individuals who are able to take advantage of everything that life has to offer them, both at senior school and beyond. From September 2018, Robbie will take on additional responsibility for pastoral care.
Robbie is married to Clare who teaches Modern Foreign Languages at the School and has two daughters who are currently in Pre-Prep.
Helen has spent the majority of her teaching career working in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, gaining an excellent understanding of these fundamental years. As part of the Senior Leadership Team, she is responsible for tracking pupil progress and extending and enriching the curriculum.
She is extremely passionate about raising standards, guiding and inspiring colleagues in order to maintain a high level of skill and motivation, so pupils are continually stimulated and strive to achieve. Helen is married with a daughter who currently attends the School.
Tracey has been teaching for over 20 years and is currently responsible for the academic curriculum at The Blue Coat School. An immensely passionate teacher, Tracey draws upon her previous experience working in a variety of different schools.
As part of the SLT, Tracey is strongly committed to working hard to raise standards. She wants pupils to be excited by their learning, willing to take a risk and open to different ideas. Tracey has taught all year groups throughout her career, enjoying the challenges and rewards of each age group; she believes that to be a good leader and teacher, patience, firm discipline and a good sense of humour are essential!
Throughout her teaching career, Clare has worked in the EYFS and each subsequent year group (from Year 1 to Year 6); gaining a sound understanding of the teaching and learning expectations for each key stage. She is committed to raising standards in teaching and learning: ensuring that the pupils at BCS have access to an exciting, engaging and challenging curriculum. Clare supports the teaching team as a coach and mentor. She strongly believes that all children should have access to a well-rounded education that nurtures the whole child.
After starting her career in international trade, Jenny moved into marketing. For the last 20+ years, she has been working as a marketing professional in the education sector working in Sixth form, Adult Learning, Further and Higher Education, and more recently, for Independent Preparatory schools.
As the link for the Old Scholars’ Association and as a Staff representative on The Association of Friends, Jenny has joined-up communications for the BCS community as a whole, bringing together former, current and prospective families, staff, governors and supporters of the School under one external relations umbrella.
Rt Revd David Urquhart, Lord Bishop of Birmingham
Miss S C Anning, BA QTS (Form Tutor 3SA)
Mrs N L Ashman, Ba MSc PGCE (English, Maths Part-Time)
Mrs R Ayub, LLB PGCE (Head of English, Form Tutor 6RA)
Mrs S S Barnes, BA PGCE (Head of Humanities)
Mrs R Barrowclift, BA (Swimming)
Mrs T L Bennett, BA QTS (Director of Sport)
Mr E J Brown, BA PGCE (Form Tutor 4EB)
Mrs E J Collins, L3 Diploma (Teaching Assistant, Part-Time)
Mrs J M Creaton, BMusEd (Music Teacher)
Miss P M Crews, BSc PGCE (Head of Girls' Games)
Miss V Fiellateau, BSc (Form Tutor 5VF)
Miss A Green, BSc (Form Tutor 5AG)
Mr S M Gregory, BSc (PE and Games)
Mrs E L S Gridley, BA PGCE (Form Tutor 3EG)
Mrs L M Hadley, BSc PGCE PG Cert lld AMBDA SpLD APC (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator)
Mr M D Hegenbarth, BA PGCE (Teacher of Art and Textiles)
Mr N C Hill, BMus FTCL, DipRCM, PGCE (Director of ICT)
Mr B W Hulbert, BSc QTS (Head of PSHE and Values, Year 5 Group Leader, Form Tutor 5BH)
Mr C H Isherwood, BEd (Outdoor Education Coordinator, Science)
Mrs L E James, BA (Ed) (Year 4 Group Leader, Form Tutor 4LJ)
Mrs CJ Kavanagh-Finch, BA PGCE (Assistant Head Teaching and Learning)
Mr A N Kelly, ASA Coach (Swimming)
Miss M Levett BMus (Hons) (Ulster) - Pastoral and Teaching Assistant
Mr J T Matthews, BA PGCE (Form Tutor 5JM)
Mr P N Melia, BSc (Head of Boys' Games)
Miss C G Moore, BA Hons (B'ham City Uni) - Art and DT Technician
Ms A Nazir, MSc (Head of Mathematics, Form Tutor 6AN)
Mrs C H E Newman, MA PGCE (Head of French)
Mr J E Nicklin, BA (Ed) (Director of Music)
Mrs T A Palmeri, BEd (Deputy Head Prep, Head of RE)
Miss R A Patel, MA PGCE PG Cert (Assistant Head Academic Development)
Mrs J P Powell, BA (Teaching Assistant, Part-Time)
Mr D J Protherough, BSc PGCE (Boys’ Games, Part-Time)
Mrs J C Redfern, BEd (Form Tutor 6JR)
Mrs K N Simmons, BSc PGCE (Head of Science)
Mrs E A Somerville, MEd BA PGCE (PE and Games)
Ms H Stacey, Msc BA PGCE (Prep and Pre-Prep Librarian)
Miss R L Stanford, BA QTS (Year 6 Group Leader, Form Tutor 6RS)
Miss Z A Stefanowski, BA PGCE (English)
Miss E J Timmins, BSc PGCE (Form Tutor 4ET)
Mrs H J Walker, BA NVQ3 HLTA (Form Tutor 3HW)
Miss S A Waller, BLaw PGCE (Form Tutor 5SW)
Miss L S Ward, BA PGCE (Maths and English)
Mr J M Wood, MA PGCE (Year 3 Group Leader, Form Tutor 3JW)
Ms S Benjamin-Coker BEd (Year 1 Group Leader, RE and PSHE Subject Leader, Class Teacher 1B)
Mrs J M Creaton, BMusEd (Music Subject Leader)
Mrs L Fletcher, BEd (PE Teacher Year 1 and 2)
Mr E C Fogarty BA PGCE (Science Subject Leader, Class Teacher 2F)
Mrs K A Glasgow BA PGCE (EYFS Expressive Arts and Design Co-ordinator)
Mrs S K Hall BEd (Nursery Year Group Leader, EYFS PD Co-ordinator, EYFS Outdoor Learning Co-ordinator, Class Teacher Nursery H)
Mrs C J Kavanagh-Finch BA PGCE (English Subject Leader, EYFS Literacy and Communication and Language Co-ordinator)
Mrs E I McKenzie-Ward BEd (Class Teacher 1M)
Mrs J F Neeson, BA QTS (Pastoral Support Teacher)
Miss E M O'Hanlon, BA QTS (Class Teacher 1H)
Mrs C E Powell BEd (EYFS PSED Co-ordinator, Class Teacher RP)
Mrs M K Reiner BA MA PGCE (Reception Year Group Leader, EYFS Maths Co-ordinator,
Class Teacher RM)
Mr D M Robinson BA MA PGCE (Computing Subject Leader, Class Teacher RD)
Mrs L J Sargeant BSc PGCert PGCE (Class Teacher Nursery S)
Mrs S M Shaw BEd (EYFS Co-ordinator for Understanding the World, Class Teacher Nursery S)
Mrs H J Straw BEd (Creative Arts Subject Leader, Class Teacher 2S)
Mrs A J Taylor LLB PGCE PG Cert (SENCO) (Part-time)
Mrs R L Vaughan BA MSc PGCE (Humanities Co-ordinator, Class Teacher 1V)
Mrs N R Wingfield BEd (Year 2 Group Leader, Class Teacher 2W)
Mrs J G Asghar, BTec (RP)
Mrs A M Belitzki-Grix, BA NVQ3 (2W, Part-Time)
Mrs J A Blackham, NNEB L4 Dip (After Care Assistant)
Mr M P Darby, NNEB (RM)
Mr H J X Gilmore (After Care and Prep House Staff)
Mrs V C Hanson, BTec (1H, Part-Time)
Mrs D A Hope, BA PGCE (2W, Part-Time)
Mrs L Houghton, L3 Dip (Nursery L)
Miss S L Jones, BEd QTS (1B)
Miss F B Lighting, BA EY Teacher status (1V Part-Time)
Mrs D Meek, NNEB (1H and 1V Part-Time)
Miss N J Mooney, L3 Dip (RD)
Mrs J Neigah, L3 Dip (After Care Assistant)
Mrs S K Patel, L3 Dip (Playground Supervisor)
Mrs A J E Phan, BSc BTec (1M)
Miss S A Robinson (Playground Supervisor)
Mrs A Saxena, BA MA BEd NVQ3 (2S, After Care Supervisor)
Mrs M A Shenton, NVQ3 (2F)
Miss M L Smith, BA QTS L3 Dip (Nursery S)
Mrs V J Smith, BA NVQ3 (Nursery H)
Miss S Tiffin, L3 Dip (After Care Assistant)
Mrs R Venkataramaiah, BDS ((After Care Assistant, Playground Supervisor)
Miss E M Akehurst BA MA (Recruitment and Music Administrator)
Mrs P A Arch (Pre-Prep Secretary)
Mrs B J Caldora ACCA (Payroll)
Mr K S Finglas ( IT Systems Administrator)
Mrs C M Gregory, BA MA PGCE (Headmaster’s PA)
Miss N Inman (Receptionist, Maternity Cover)
Miss A C Jarrett (Health Care Assistant)
Mrs R K Kearney BA MAEd (Admissions Registrar)
Mrs W Moloney (School Matron)
Mr L Moss (Catering Manager)
Mr F A Paterson (Estates and Compliance Manager)
Mrs L J Ridgers (Receptionist, Maternity Leave)
Mrs A D Richards (Finance Assistant)
Mrs O F Unterhalter BA (Bursar’s PA)
Mrs J A Wilkinson (Prep Administrator)
Mrs M J Wilkinson (Fees and Assisted Places)