Meet our Bursar: Mrs Aideen McCambridge

Meet our Bursar: Mrs Aideen McCambridge

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Our new Bursar, Mrs Aideen McCambridge joined us in July during the Coronavirus pandemic, which means she has yet to meet lots of our community face to face. To help everyone get to know Mrs McCambridge better we invited her to take part in a Q&A session…

Tell us about your background/experience before joining PHC?
My background is in economic development and commercial operations.  Before joining PHC I managed a number of university Business Innovation Centres.  This involved managing the partnership development, funding process, building development and commercial operations of a number of Innovation Centres in East Anglia.  I also supported the development of collaborative relationships with resident Innovation Centre companies and the university academic body.  Prior to that I worked for a number of years in Northern Ireland in economic development supporting highly innovative companies grow and develop.

What attracted you to your role at PHC?
Well, how can I not start with the setting and the stunning school buildings and grounds – who wouldn’t want to work or come to school here. My office looks out over the duck pond and it really is a magical place where you can feel the history of the place all around, yet it feels calm and peaceful which is just beautiful.  I am still learning my way around though and often end up in a new and undiscovered corridor. Also, the whole team are wonderful and their enthusiasm and genuine wish to make a difference to all the students came across really clearly during the interview process. 

I love a challenge and really enjoy doing something different every day, and the role of Bursar at PHC most definitely seemed to offer that.  It was clear to me when looking at the varied nature of the duties how I could have a positive impact and where my experience would be a good fit.  And thankfully it has been everything that I expected (and more), and I really get a buzz from my job. It's not a job that you can just sit back and be complacent about as it keeps you on your toes and I am constantly learning, but it's a fantastic job at a wonderful school.

What were your favourite lessons at school?
I loved maths and particularly algebra, though my sixteen-year-old self may not think of the algebra lessons as fondly.  I had the most wonderful maths teacher at school, Miss Carr, and she made every lesson interesting and showed real life examples of how even the most difficult of maths equations may be used in the working world.  That probably helped feed my other love which was Business Studies and Marketing, which I went on to study further at university.

What 3 luxury items would you take to a desert island with you?
My phone (and a solar charger) would definitely be there with me. I couldn’t live without it for listening to podcasts and books, whilst mindless scrolling and sunbathing.  I would also bring a supply of real Irish Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate and a pair of eyelash curlers!

What advice would you give to parent when selecting a school?
Having just been through the first school selection process myself as my children have just started Reception, I think it is important for all parents to speak to the staff and current students, and really try to find a school that is suited to your individual child’s personality, needs and strengths.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the grade tables, subject choices and co-curricular clubs, but what is important is how your child will progress and thrive, what they will enjoy and what is suited to them.  I believe a community feel is also really important, where the staff all know the students, and see them as individuals, not just a table of results.  Under normal circumstances of course I would advise parents to visit schools at Open Days, and whilst they’re not an option at the moment, virtual open days or coffee mornings, and one to one tours are a great alternative, and they will allow parents to get a to get a real feel for the school and the staff.

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