Beaconsfield High School has an active Parents' Association in the form of the Friends of Beaconsfield High School (FoBHS).
What is the FOBHS and what has it achieved to date?
The FoBHS provides a link between parents and the school, and organises various events throughout the year, serving the dual purpose of strengthening the social bonds between parents and raising funds to provide vital extra items to improve the learning experiences of our students.
Since 2014, the FOBHS has raised more than £147,000 for the school, providing critical tools and resources. Take a look at the full list here.
The FOBHS works tirelessly to connect and strengthen our community too, organising:
- Year 7/8 discos
- Quiz and comedy nights, plus other parent socials
- The annual Festive Fair
- Becky High Hundreds Club - a regular subscription-based prize draw
- Bar Service provision at school events
- Pre-Owned Uniform Store – the shop is open every Friday lunch time at school and more...
Joining the Friends
Deborah Ward, Chair of Friends, comments:
No one else will do it if you don’t… Really!
It might be that, in a school of 1,194 students (with a potential pool of at least 2,000 parent/guardian supporters) you think that you don’t need to be part of the Friends, as we’ll be inundated with willing committee members who may offer more than you...
I’m afraid that isn’t the case.
Please make sure you step forward. Everyone who takes part will make a difference to the success of the school, that’s for sure.
If you’d like to volunteer or just chat about what you could do please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or phone me on 07747 628594.
Learn about your new FOBHS committee
Deborah Ward (Mum to Connie)
Deborah has a daughter in Year 9 at the school. Over the last twenty odd years Deborah has been working in TV at Channel 4, BBC, Sky etc and more recently working in digital media content strategy (helped very much by observing daughter Connie’s viewing habits...). Other than that family life, cycling, golf, yoga, cinema and being sociable seem to take up the rest of the time.
Asked what she hopes to bring to ‘Friends of BHS’ Deborah said:
More committee members is the priority right now. Our ambitions will grow with a new team but in principle, with the school in dire need of finance and a belief in the value of the school parent/teacher/student community, we’ll try our best to make a difference in both those areas.
Ela Walker (Mum to Sofia and Valentina)
Ela has a daughter in Year 9 and one in Year 7 at the school. She was form mum last year for year 8 and this year for year 7. She was born in Italy where she grew up and studied Economics and Management. After her first job in Milan she moved to London in 1997. Since then she has worked in Finance for large multinational companies in the drinks sector (Pernod-Ricard and Coca-Cola) and, after a 2 year family expat experience in Canada, she worked in the healthcare sector (HCA Healthcare) and set up as a freelance finance controller.
In her own time she loves running, training for marathons and half marathons, cooking, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She is also partial to a nice holiday, especially if it involves sea and sunshine, skiing or travelling around seeing the world!
By volunteering as Treasurer she hopes she can help this amazing school re-invigorate the Friends of BHS agenda and, through that, help create an even greater sense of community in the school and raise much needed funding.
Charlotte Burnett (member of the school's alumnae)
Charlotte is an ex pupil of the school and made a resolution last year to offer some of her free time up to support a local good cause, deciding that this should be something that she had benefitted from directly in the past. When she heard that BHS was in need of volunteers she knew straight away what the cause should be!
After leaving BHS in 2003, she went onto graduate with 1st Class BSc in Business Studies with Accounting, and is now a qualified ACCA. After training in a local practice she then moved into industry roles and has worked for companies such Advanced Computer Software and Data Select, and is currently working as a Finance Manager for a local Fine Foods company.
Charlotte’s interests include roof down summer road trips across the UK, travel, countryside conservation, training her two gun dogs, supporting local businesses and fine dining.
Her hope is that, as an ex pupil herself, she can offer a different viewpoint on things and encourage other alumna to join her to support the school now.