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Cothill House

Cothill House

Trust & Governance

Prep Schools Trust 

Thriving schools, happy children

Cothill House is part of the Prep Schools Trust, a family of flourishing schools bound by shared values and united in the pursuit of delivering exceptional academic performance and pastoral care in a beautiful setting. Collectively they offer a set of distinctive and happy environments within which all pupils are given the opportunity and skills to develop and progress with confidence.

Prep Schools Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees who delegate management responsibility to the Chief Executive who leads the strategic development of the Trust and supports the Heads of each individual school.

Cothill House also has a Local Advisory Group (LAG) which supports the Headmaster and the teaching staff through the consideration and testing of ideas for the school’s best management and service to parents and pupils. Our LAG is made up of a Trustee, the Chief Executive of the Trust, the Headmaster and three current and former parents. They meet regularly throughout the year, serving as an important communications channel between the Board of Trustees, the school and the parent community. 

Emma McKendrick - Chair of Trustees, Prep Schools Trust

Emma McKendrick started her educational career in 1986 teaching German at Royal School Bath. By 1990 she was given the role of Head of Sixth Form and careers, while also being Sixth Form Housemistress. Subsequently, she became Deputy and then Headmistress of Royal School Bath between 1994-97.

Since 1997 Emma has been Headmistress of Downe House. She is a Trustee of PSB and is also currently a Governor at Elstree School and Wellington College. 

For a full list of the Prep Schools Trust Trustees click here.

Tom Beardmore-Gray - Chief Executive, Prep Schools Trust

Educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, Tom qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse in 1990. He subsequently worked for Pepsi Cola International before joining De Beers’ Consumer Marketing Division in 1994 as Regional Financial Controller for USA and Japan.

In 1998, Tom became Senior Vice President of De Beers Canada, returning in 2002 to their London office where he held a number of senior management positions. In 2010 he joined the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) as Finance Director and subsequently became Chief Financial Officer. 

Tom is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics. He is a member of Council at the University of Reading and is Chairman of the University's Audit Committee.

For a full list of the Prep Schools Trust staff  click here.

Amy Lindsay

Local Area Group - Advisor & Current Parent

Henry Moss

Local Area Group - Advisor & Current Parent

Lily Riddick

Local Area Group - Advisor & Former Parent

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