As the Houseparent of Chatham I would like to extend my warmest welcome to you. I hope this page will give you an insight into this wonderfully vibrant House and explain why Chatham is such a delightful place for all those in its community. It is a home to 60 young men; my wife Rachael (House Matron), our daughters Olivia and Emilia and the House Dog Monty; my Assistant Houseparent Mr Elwell and his partner Sam; and my Under Houseparent Mr Williams. The House is an extended family and that is what makes Chatham a special place to live and work.
The House is based on integrity, trust and mutual respect where I hope all the boys will be conscious of a friendly and warm environment, valuing each other for who they are and what they can contribute to this special place, creating a sense of belonging, confidence and social awareness. It is my hope that during the five years the young men of Chatham spend with us they will be enthusiastic, resilient, resourceful, thoughtful and open minded. I urge the boys to grasp the opportunities available and immerse themselves in academia, sport, art, music, dance, theatre and culture. We impart morals, principles and values that prepare the boys for the competitive world of modern life.
Chathamites leave the house with commendable life skills, manners, values, self-respect, reverence for others, and confidence as individuals. Life in Chatham is ultimately based on harmony, loyalty and confidence in each other. Friendships made in Chatham will become life-long.
Shane T O'Donoghue
“Chatham is just like a big family. We all play games out on the lawn together. It doesn’t matter what year you are in, everybody looks out for each other”
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Liam became the 11th Houseparent of Chatham in 2013. Having read Geography and then a Masters at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge he spent a period playing rugby with Leeds and employed in the banking sector.
A PGCE at Leeds University led him into the teaching profession at The Leys, Cambridge where he was Director of Rugby, Assistant Houseparent and teacher of Geography. In 2001 he became a Houseparent at Welbeck College. He then returned to The Leys eight years later to take up the post of Director of sport, before arriving at Stowe.
At Stowe he teaches Geography, coaches the U15s rugby and the Colts 7s and teaches sailing in the summer. He is married to Rachael who has a PhD from Jesus College, Cambridge and has lectured at both Cambridge and Nottingham University. Rachael is now the Chatham Matron. They have two children, Olivia and Emilia and a black Labrador called Monty.
His experience of working in a boarding environment is further enhanced by his position as a Boarding Team Inspector with ISI. Away from education the Copley family are fond of outdoor activities and have a house in North Wales where they enjoy spending time exploring the mountain and coastal scenery.