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Cathy Simpson, Class of 1972

Cathy attended Cheadle Hulme School as a student from 1965 to 1972. She went on to Homerton College at the University of Cambridge, where she trained to become a teacher. Cathy then journeyed back up North to study for a master’s degree in Education at the University of Manchester.

Throughout her teaching career Cathy worked in both state and independent schools in Cambridge, Surrey and Cheshire. Cathy reconnected with her CHS roots, teaching in the Junior and Senior Schools, and also assuming the role of Housemistress in the Boarding House. She was tasked with setting up a Year 3 class in the 1980s when the Governors made the decision to admit 7 year olds to CHS. Cathy later became Head of a state primary school.

Outside of education, Cathy has been a magistrate for over 25 years. She has been a member of the Greater Manchester Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, Vice Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Manchester, a trustee of several charities and a co-opted governor of a local primary academy. Cathy has also given 24 years’ committed service to the OWA Committee, serving as Secretary, vice Chairman and Chairman during this time, before sitting on the Alumni Board. She retired from the Board in 2018.

Cathy has a keen interest in Myanmar. This has led her to train teachers and fundraise in order to build schools in areas of the country which have none. Still well connected to the school, Cathy delivered a talk to the Upper Sixth about her work with Hope 4 the World.

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