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Bishopswood School

Bishopswood School

Peter Hughsmith

Peter has 3 adult children and has lived in the area for 15 years. He has worked all his career in Financial Services, mainly in the City of London but also spent 3 years in Hong Kong. Peter is a keen horseman and spends what time he can in the saddle. Having recently been appointed as Chair of Governors, Peter is eager to bring his skills and knowledge of 30 years in business to help Bishopswood School to continue to provide a superb education to its current and future pupils.

john sharman

John is parent to Alice who attends Bishopswood School. He lives in Benson and is retired.  He started as a governor in 2018 and has enjoyed being involved in the school.  He is a member of the premises sub-committee and is keen to assist the school get better facilities more suited to the diverse needs of its pupils.

Rachel helliwell

Rachel lives in Caversham with her husband, three children, and their dog.  She recently lived in Philadelphia for three years before moving back to Caversham in August 2017. Before moving to Philadelphia, Rachel was Chief Engineer, Design Assurance at Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, having worked in the Chemical Contracting Industry for over twenty years.

Rachel became a governor at Bishopswood School, predominately to help manage the changes at Senior School, as a result of Chiltern Edge becoming an Academy. She also sits on the Finance and Staffing Committee.  Since returning to the UK, Rachel has not returned to work, in order to look after her children and her Labrador puppy, Bella.

Rachel enjoys playing golf, tennis, painting and going for long walks with Bella.


John hepwood

John has been a parent governor for over 5 years.  He has three children and lives in Wokingham. He has worked in the IT industry for over 35 years and currently works for Hewlett-Packard. Outside of work John enjoys walking and also playing guitar.

Helen White (Clerk)

Helen has lived in Sonning Common all her life and her two children attend the village primary school. She currently clerks for one other primary school in the area as well as two secondary schools. She also works as an Account Manager for a consultancy business providing support to companies around environmental compliance.


Sharon hickles

I am the Staff Governor and have been a board member for 18 months. I live in our local community and have two sons and two step sons. I am keenly interested in current affairs and in particular the education system. My hobbies include photography and reading. I am originally from Bedfordshire and relocated to Oxfordshire in 2009. My favourite things are; sunny days by the beach, live music, long dark evenings and the smells of summer.

Chantal Lewis

Chantal is a mum of two children one of whom attends Bishopswood School.  She wants the best for them in all areas of their education.  She is her disabled child's main carer, but also teaches swimming at the weekend.  Chantal volunteers for RDA Abingdon and Bishopswood when she can.  She enjoys a challenge, in the past has completed the London Marathon and Ironbridge Half Ironman Triathlon.  Chantal now enjoys walking her dog, flying her kites, photography and arts & crafts.