St Bees School

Meet the Admissions Team

Meet the Admissions Team

Meet our friendly global admissions team who are ready to show you what St Bees is all about...

Ceara Fisher

Director of Marketing and Admissions

St Bees School, UK

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About Ceara

Ceara (pronounced ‘Cara’) is a graduate of St Andrews University in Psychology and Mathematics. Ceara loved her time in ‘the small grey toon’, relishing the challenge of a joint Masters degree, on top of being an active member of numerous university societies and charity ventures.

Ceara wasn’t ready to leave further education so continued her studies, pursuing her MA in Health Psychology. She was well on the path to becoming a qualified Health Psychologist until an urgent desire to spend a year in teaching got in the way. How different things could have been!

Choosing to ‘take a break’ from University education, Ceara worked for a year at Benenden School - where she wore many different hats. Teacher, Boarding Assistant, Tutor, Activity Coordinator and Mentor - you name it, she did it. Although leaving her exhausted, it certainly let her with a passion for education and for ensuring that every child should achieve their dreams.

In a twist of fate, an opportunity arose to become an Editor at the UK’s No.1 Educational Publishing Company – CGP Books, where Ceara spent seven years - four of them writing Maths, Psychology, 11+ and Primary books, before becoming a Senior Marketing Executive.

Ceara thrived in selling the books she helped to write. However, when the post at St Bees was offered - it was an opportunity not to be missed. Ceara took the jump to head up the Marketing and Admissions department where she gets to spend her time helping young people take their first steps onto a new and exciting path - as well as unleashing her creativity and ‘out of the box’ ideas to promote the school and its successes (often dreamt up on fell tops in the beautiful Lakes).

Ceara rarely sits still - and in her spare time can often be found in a lake, up a mountain, or (in a non-COVID world), travelling and leading volunteer trips to developing countries as a Team Leader for Habitat for Humanity.


 Helena O'Pray

Admissions Officer

St Bees School, UK

About Helena

Helena is originally from South Wales, and studied at the University of Wales, Swansea where she became a qualified nurse.

After two years of working for the NHS, Helena moved to Saudi Arabia to continue working in healthcare. Whilst in Saudi Arabia, Helena met her husband - who is originally from Whitehaven. Shortly after, they moved to the United Arab Emirates where Helena began work as a nurse in a school setting. After having her two children, Helena took a break from nursing, during this time she managed several nursery schools in Dubai, as well as achieving her CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Young Persons Workforce.

In 2015, Helena returned to the UK from the UAE. While living back in Cumbria, Helena went back to nursing, this time at West Cumberland hospital, but after two years the whole family returned to the Middle East.

Once back in Dubai, Helena worked in a school for children aged 3 -18 as an inclusion support assistant and the lead first aider for sports for a further five years before making the decision to return to the UK permanently.

In her spare time Helena enjoys walk and exploring with her husband, children and the dogs in the
Lake District.


Yang Bai

Senior Student Recruitment Manager (China)

St Bees School, China

About Yang

Yang has over 10 years of experience in international education and specialised in education systems in commonwealth countries. She specialises in recruitment for K12 (under 18).

Yang is our Senior Student Recruitment Manager on the ground in China.