The Oratory Schools Association
+ The Right Honourable Lord Judge
His Eminence William, Cardinal Baum
J J Eyston Esq, MA FRICS KSG
His Eminence Vincent, Cardinal Nichols PhL MA MEd STL
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School share a governing body, who volunteer their time and professional skills to ensure that the Schools operate efficiently. They are responsible for the strategy and future development of the Schools.
Michael Hasslacher attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.
He has a son who is also an Old Oratorian. A retired businessman who ran his own company, he has been Master of The Vintners’ Company and a member of Court. He was first appointed a Governor in 1986 and was elected Chairman in 2006. He also chairs the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on both the Property and Academic sub-committees.
A Chartered Accountant by profession and now retired, Jamie Sehmer is the Governor with responsibility for finance. He was appointed a Governor in 1986 and elected Vice Chairman in 2002. He is also Vice Chairman of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and sits on the Property sub-committee. Jamie is an Old Boy of the Oratory School and has three sons. He is a trustee and treasurer of a number of charities.
Martin Berkeley is an Old Oratorian who grew up in Woodcote. After University and training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Martin completed a Short Service Commission in a reconnaissance regiment. He went on to hold a number of senior commercial appointments in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, before joining the banking industry specialising in investment and private banking. Martin is Director of a finance consultancy practice and is a serving Magistrate.
Barney Bettesworth, a Chartered Surveyor and Licensed Property Agent, is a Director of Bettesworths, a Commercial firm of Chartered Surveyors. He was appointed a Governor in 2006. Barney sat as a Magistrate for 15 years. He, his two sons and his two brothers are all Old Oratorians.
Fr Robert Byrne entered the Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. In 1990 he was part of a group from Birmingham who moved to St Aloysius parish Oxford to found what was to become the Oxford Oratory in 1993. He was Provost from 1993 until 2011. In 2000 he became President of the Permanent Deputation of the International Oratorian Confederation. He has been a prison chaplain since 1988. He was appointed a Governor of the school in 1996 and is a member of the Finance and General Purpose committee as well as sitting on the Education Sub-Committee.
Mary Cochrane is a Company Director of a family business which manufactures maths and science materials. She was appointed a Governor in 2002 and oversees Child Protection at both Schools. Mary is married with three children. She is on the remedial staff of her local primary school.
Margaret Edwards is a former parent, having educated three children at both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. Family connections with the School include her brother, an Old Boy of both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School. Since 1994, Margaret has been a Consultant with Bonham’s specialising in Islamic-Indian art. She is an experienced Governor, being a long-serving Governor at her daughter’s all girl independent school, sitting on many committees and representing the School on the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS).
Peter Evans is Emeritus Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He was decorated in 2005 by the Spanish State with the Order of Isabel the Catholic. He was appointed a Governor in 2002, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and also chairs the Education Sub-Committee. He attended both The Oratory Preparatory School and The Oratory School.
+ F J Fitzherbert-Brockholes Esq, MA
Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes is an old Oratorian and was appointed a Governor in 1998. A partner in aninternational law firm, he is the co-head of the firm's European capital markets group and head of the London office practice group. He has been a Governor since 1999.
Chris French is a retired farmer, turned businessman, who has been actively involved in the agricultural industry throughout his life. He was appointed a Governor in 1993, is a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and chairs the Property Sub-Committee. He has been Governor of an Independent School and a College of Agriculture. Chris is an Old Boy of both the Oratory Preparatory School and the Oratory School and his father was also a Governor of The Oratory Schools Association.
Christina Hill Williams was High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire during 2009-2010, having served as Deputy Lieutenant since 2005. In her varied career, Christina has run two organisations as National Director and General Secretary and has served on YWCA Board of Governors. She has had various appointments within the Magistracy and The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and has been a General Commissioner of Income Tax. She sits as a Mental Health Act Manager at various hospitals, on the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and has been involved with a number of local charities. Christina is a Member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee and is Child Protection Governor at both Schools.
Keith Hornby, an Old Oratorian, read law at Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Bar in 1970. He has been a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit since 1995 and has been a Tutor/Syndicate Leader for the Judicial Studies Board from 1996 to date. He is the author of a number of papers for the Board and a member of the ETAC committee of the JSB between 2006-10. He is a former law lecturer and was appointed a Governor in 2007.
Clare Moulder was appointed as a Governor in 2014. She has a grown son who left the Oratory in 2013 and is now at University, She also has two daughters; one at University and the other a newly qualified vet. She has an interest in education; she chairs education appeal panels for her local authority and has a governance role for a leading girls school. She has spent the majority of her professional life as a partner in a city law firm and now sits part time as a judge in the High Court and County Court.
*+ N R Purnell Esq, MA QC
Nicholas Purnell is a leading Barrister and Head of Chambers in the City, where he practises predominantly in Commercial and White Collar Crime. He is also a Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court. He is an Old Oratorian and has four Old Oratorian sons. Appointed a Governor in 1994, he is also a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee.
Reverend J N Saward, MA MLitt
Fr John Saward is Priest in charge of a parish in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Previously he taught Dogmatic Theology at seminaries in England and the USA and at the International Theological Institute in Austria. An author and translator, he was appointed Governor in 2004.
Matthew Stilwell on leaving the Oratory became an Assistant School Master at a Preparatory School before he joined the Royal Air Force and later transferred to the Army via the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He has since been Marketing Development Manager in a number of companies and was appointed a Governor in 2001 serving as a member of the Finance & General Purpose Committee as well as the Academic Sub-Committee.
Antony Tyler worked in the Foreign Service, in a merchant bank, was a businessman in Australia, rejoined the Civil Service in HM Treasury, and later was seconded to the Department of Education and Science from which he retired in 1996. In 1991 he founded a publishing company for the publication of works of Catholic and religious interest. For seven years he was Master of the The Keys, the Catholic Writers’ Guild of England and Wales. In 1975 he was a foundation Governor of a new co-educational secondary school in Australia, and joined this Board of Governors in 1998.
Clerk to the Governors
Rev P Gee
* Members of the Finance and General Purpose Committee
+ Old Oratorians
§ Old Boys of the Oratory Preparatory School
Contact Address for Chairman of Governors
Mr M H R Hasslacher
c/o The Clerk to the Governors
The Oratory Schools Association
Deputy Head (School Management)
Maths, Biology, Head of Boys' Games
Deputy Head (Academic)
History, Head of Educational ICT, Boys' Games
Head of Pre-Prep
Mrs G Smith BA GTP - Acting Child Protection Officer
Senior Teachers (Pastoral)
Miss SL Goddard BSc PGCE, Head of Girls, Science, Head of PSHE, Child Protection Officer (maternity leave)
Mrs WC Prior BSc GTP: Geography, English
Mrs L Anderson BEd LTCL - Music
Mrs A Armstrong LLB PGCE CELTA, English as an Additional Language
E H Binham BA MA GTP - Year 4, Master-in-Charge of Rugby
L N Chaffey BA(Ed) - Year 3, Boys' Games, Master-in-Charge of Football & Cross-Country
Mrs S Chaffey BA(Ed) - Year 1
Mme S Cordillet MA CAPES - Head of Modern Languages, Housemistress Elston
SJ Denis BA MLitt PGCE: English, French, Drama
Miss K Davis BA PGCE - Year 4, Girls' Games
Mrs R Fec MA PGCE: Latin
Mrs L Finch BEd DipHE - Years 3-4 Coordinator, Year 3
Mrs E Goodwin BSc PGCE - Head of Science, Girls' Games (maternity leave)
Miss R Hartley BSc NVQ4 EYPS: Nursery
Mrs J Haywood BA PGCE - Reception
Mrs H Hwang BSc BEd - Head of Mathematics, Girls' Games
Mrs A Jenkins CertEd DipSpLD CertTESOL - Head of Learning Support
T I Jones BSc - Head of PE, Boys' Games, Housemaster Caversham
Mrs C Maher BA PGCE - Year 2
Mrs J Packham NNEB RSH - Head of Girls' Games
Mrs A Peters CertEd - Science, Girls' Games, Head of Swimming
Mlle S Pereira Leites LEA PGCE: French, Spanish
Mrs K Phillips BA PGCE - Year 4, Librarian
CNB Pohl BA MA(Ed): Head of History, Master-in-Charge of Cricket
Mrs A Quinn BSc PGCE - Science
Mrs E Reed BMus PGCE - Head of RE, Housemistress Rosehill
M Segrt BSc MSc MA DIC PGCE CBiol MSB - Acting Head of Science, Boys' Games
P T Smith BA PGCE - Head of Classics, French, Housemaster Branksome, i/c Chess
Mrs A Stanton BEd MBA - Year 2
Mrs A Strickland-Taylor BA NVQ3 - Kindergarten
Mrs CJ Walker BEng MSc PGCE: Maths, Physics, Girls' Games
J E R Williams BSc PGCE - Head of Geography, Boys' Games
Mrs M Williams BEd - Year 3, Acting Head of Girls
Mrs P Williamson BA(Ed) - Reception
Mrs H Willson BA PGCE - Head of Art and Design Technology
JRT Winch PhD MA PGCE - Head of English, Boys' Games, School Magazine
Mrs A Winterbottom BEd - Year 1
Bursar: A F Bradshaw DMS FCIM FInstLM
Registrar: Mrs D Smith BSc
HR Manager: Mrs J Stoner Assoc CIPD
Head of Computer Services: M Sixsmith BSc MPhil
Association Catering Manager: Mrs L Kisiel
Estates Manager: J K Mitchell ACIOB
PA to the Headmaster: Mrs K Saunders
Marketing & PR Officer: Mrs B Hanson BA
Health and Safety Adviser: Mrs D Knox BSc Tech IOSH
School Doctor: Dr E Capo-Bianco MBChB BSc DCH MRCGP
School Nurse: Sr R McKenzie RGN
Senior Matron: Mrs J Campbell CertEd
Assistant Matrons: Miss J Hazell; Mrs B I’Anson
Learning Support Teacher: Mrs M Meikle DipSpEd
Teaching Assistants: Mrs S Anderson BEd DipEd; Mrs M Antonian BA; Mrs K Atkin; Mrs L Bowen NVQ3; Mrs S Cater BA; LN Chaffey NVQ3; Mrs M Gallagher NVQ3;Mrs J Mason NVQ3; Mrs S Nathanielsz; Mrs C Nicholls; Mrs J Packham NNEB RSH
Graduate Teaching Assistant: O Hamilton BSc
Prep School Assistants: W Atkinson, J Farrag, Miss H Palmer
Laboratory Technician: Mrs J Sutton
Art Technician: Mrs J Barefield
Head Groundsman: A Burnham
Maintenance Manager: P Wilcox
Caretaker: D McLaughlin
Swimming Teacher and Pool Manager: Mrs B Hickman FIOS
Senior Sous Chef : Mrs E Lissenden
School Shop Manager: Mrs J Turner
School Minibus Drivers: G Jones, A Shepherd
Cookery: Mrs A Macrae Cert Ed
Dance: Miss K Dunstall, Miss J Mealing;
Golf: M Howell; J Prince
Gymnastics: Miss R Taylor; M Rosiak, Miss K Chance
Judo: D Edmonds; R Edmonds; T Haynes; Ms L Dixon; Ms K Thorne
Tennis: B Brown; R Dennis; B Murrell
Brass: J Anderson LTCL
Drums: J Donnelly
'Cello: Mrs C Lancaster BMus MMus
Clarinet, Oboe and Saxophone: Mrs L Anderson BEd LTCL
Flute and Piano: Mrs A Wilkins BA
Guitar: J Newman
Oboe and Bassoon: Mrs S Ellison BA LRAM
Percussion: C King NAPT
Piano: Mrs D Kemp; Mrs K Marsden ALCM
Singing: Mrs J Maltese BMusHons
Violin: Mrs L Reineke DipTCL
Pupil Appointments 2014-2015
Head Boy: Patrick Heath
Head Girl: Lucy Tompkins
Heads of House:
Branksome: Lloyd Langley
Caversham: Charlotte Leaver
Elston: Morgan MacRae
Rosehill: Alfie Seymour
Captain of Rugby: Morgan MacRae
Captain of Hockey: Charlotte Leaver
Captains of Swimming: Jack Ellard, Isabelle Pavey
Captain of Football:
Captain of Netball:
Captain of Cricket:
Captain of Rounders:
Captains of Cross-Country:
Deputy Head Sacristan:
President of the School Council: Jack Sykes
Head Chorister: Max Nugent
Principal of Orchestra: Isabelle Pavey
Leader of Jazz Band: Steffan Williams
Head of Senior Choir: Cameron Parke
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