Mrs Wendy Pearson

Assistant Head of Boarding Key Stage 4

In 2007 I arrived in CCB to set up a brand new Home Economics Department.  It was a busy and very enjoyable time as the subject was introduced first to year 8 pupils and then throughout the rest of the school. We now have a thriving Department offering Hospitality courses to those pupils in Key Stage 4 and 5.

It was when teaching survival cookery to the Year 13 and 14 pupils back then that the world of boarding and School House came to my attention. There was an easy camaraderie amongst these boys which made the classes fun and made me think about the value of boarding for boys. Being a mother, of two teenage boys, I could see the benefits of a structured and safe environment where they would be looked after and encouraged to engage in studies and sport.

I decided to offer my services, at first in a part time capacity and then as a full time boarding tutor. The rewards have been enormous and as I have got more involved in the organisation and development of School House my respect for the people I work with is immense. We have a wide range of personalities within the staff and this I feel is one of our greatest strengths. Boys have that variety of experience and style to go to when they feel like some fun, help with their work or when they may be struggling with a problem.

As the years have progressed and you look back on a long list of boys you have helped look after, you cannot help but smile at the memories they bring. Watching them develop into fine young men with an easy and confident manner is hugely rewarding.