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The BPSPA (Beechwood Park School Parents’ Association) organises events, supports school activities and helps to foster warm relations between parents, pupils and the School. It is an established part of the School and has proved a wonderful vehicle for parents, children and the School to work together.

Upon joining Beechwood Park, every family is automatically a member of the BPSPA, and parents are encouraged to participate in and volunteer to help with events across the academic year.  In addition to hosting events that are lots of fun and provide opportunities for parents to meet each other and get together, the BPSPA has, over the years, raised considerable funds to support the School charities as well as to raise funds for school projects too.


The BPSPA run events throughout each academic year and it is a wonderful opportunity to bring Beechwood Park families together socially for lots of fun. Talking of fun, Fun Night is without doubt the highlight of the school year as the School grounds are transformed into a fairground with rides and a variety of games, craft and food stalls for everyone to enjoy. But our social diary doesn’t stop there, we invite families to enjoy our open air cinema, the annual disco, the Beechwood Park Quiz Night and our famous Beechwood Park Ball, to name just a few.

We have a very strong school community with many parents involved in the planning and organisation of a variety of events and fundraising initiatives and we are always keen to welcome anyone who can offer their time to help – we are always very happy to find time for a cup of coffee and a chat!


Dan Crossley

Dan Crossley is dad of 2 children at Beechwood Park, husband to Cecilia and current Chair of the BPSPA. Dan would love to see lots of new and old (!) faces getting involved in BPSPA activities, helping organise events like fun night and the festive fayre, having fun and fundraising for charity in the process. His other missions are to reduce our environmental impact and to get at least one male rep in every year by 2023/24! For a job, Dan runs an organisation focused on food ethics, that brings people together to find long-term solutions to contentious issues. These vary from ‘how do we move away from a reliance on food banks’ to ‘should we eat lab-grown meat in the future’? Outside of the world of food, Dan loves bad puns and is an armchair sports fan (including being a Norwich City supporter). He’s also a fair weather cyclist, culminating each year in the Duchenne Dash – a charity bike ride, cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours, in aid of Duchenne UK.

Pippa Ridout

Pippa Ridout is mum of 1 child, wife to Nick and current Secretary of the BPSPA. In this role Pippa is the author of the BPSPA Minutes and prides herself on never splitting an infinitive nor using a grocer’s apostrophe. She is the former Communications Director of a major Swiss company, so can often be found running a gimlet eye over any form of written material emanating from Beechwood. Pippa gave up the Corporate world after having Felix but now devotes some of her time to Beechwood, having been a Class Rep and/or on the BPSPA Committee for the past 7 years. She is a keen cook and general foodie – a passion closely followed by an unquenchable desire to book holidays.

Julia Innig

Julia Innig is mum to 2 children, married to Lukas. Julia shares the Communications Officer role at the BPSPA and is passionate about our Beechwood community. Julia organises weekly BPSPA newsletter updates in the Beechwood Lion and is keen on initiatives to streamline our Communications. She would  also like to pass on knowledge to future volunteers. In her work life, Julia works in a bank in Client Engagement. Julia loves watching stars with Arthur and his jokes, clothes shopping with Laura, getting absorbed in a book while pretending she did not hear that the Lego tower is broken again, and sometimes writing own stories which she hopes to finish some day when her children are able to cook their own breakfast.

Suzi Alexander

Suzi shares the Communications officer on the BPSPA with Julia.  She has one child at Beechwood and lives in St Albans.  Suzi works in research management, having a PhD in low carbon energy systems.  She enjoys spending lots of time outdoors and exploring the beautiful woodlands of Hertfordshire and surrounds. She is on the Board of Governors at a local primary school and has a personal interest in diversity and inclusion.

Renata Woodhams

Renata Woodhams is mum to 1 child in Year 2 and shares the role of events coordinator for the BPSPA. She is a vet by profession, however since having William, she is studying clinical nutrition…this time in humans!  When she is not working or trialling her latest nutrition research on her husband Tony or friends,  she is usually outdoors, in the gym or experimenting in the kitchen.

Rebecca Godefroy

Rebecca Godefroy has recently taken on the role as BPSPA Treasurer, following Jessica’s departure.  She has two children at Beechwood and is married to Jason.  As well as being a class rep for the last 3 years, she has been involved in organising various school events including Beechclub, Christmas parties and many a night out! She is an accountant by profession and has recently returned to the working world following a career break. When she is not working or ferrying the children from one place to the next you will find Rebecca either in the gym, booking a holiday or walking her dog Skye.