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Leadership team and governors

The Senior Leadership Team

Mr Matthew Evans (Headteacher)

Matthew joined the school as Headteacher in 2013. He previously worked in schools across Oxfordshire and Berkshire as a teacher of Business, Economics and ICT. Matthew lives in Swindon and has two daughters of secondary school age. When not at home or at work, he can usually be found up a mountain, bringing this passion to Farmor's by launching the annual 3 Peaks challenges.

Mr Steve Shaw (Deputy Head)

Steve joined the school as Deputy Headteacher in 2016. He previously worked as Vice Principal in a school in Hong Kong and prior to this in schools in Edinburgh, Bristol and Newcastle. Steve studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh University before qualifying to teach in DT and Science. Steve lives in Wotton-Under-Edge and has three sons, two of whom are of secondary school age. When not at home or at work, he can usually be found on a bicycle.

Mrs Emma White (Assistant Head)

Joining the school in 2000 as an English teacher, Emma later became a Head of Year and then Head of Sixth Form in 2010. Emma has two sons and a daughter, now in their twenties, who enjoyed their various studies for GCSE and A level at Farmor’s School and Sixth Form. Emma continues to teach English and also Horticulture, a course she set up in 2009.

Ms Noelle Sturla (Assistant Head)

Noelle joined the Learning Support Team in January 2014.  Before taking on the role of Inclusion Manager at Farmor's, Noelle worked as an Advisory Teacher for Wiltshire Council and Head of Year in Swindon.  Noelle has two daughters and her husband is Headteacher of a Special School in Newbury.  Outside of school, Noelle enjoys planning holidays to take with her family.

Mr Roger Eckersley (Assistant Head)

Roger took up the role of Pastoral Assistant Headteacher when he joined the school in September 2016.  After an accountancy career in the City of London he turned to education in 2005, working as a teacher of Mathematics and Head of Year in Witney. As a qualified Mountain Leader and keen lover of the outdoors he is often found hiking, biking or skiing in the mountains with groups of students (or his own children) during weekends and holidays.
Mrs Sue Dorey (Business Lead)

Sue has been working in school business leadership for over 20 years and has been at Farmor's since 2008, having previously worked in both primary and special school settings.  Outside of school she enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She enjoys keeping fit both at the gym and through running.


Mrs Suzie Paton (Chair of Governors)

Suzie has been a Governor at the school since 2012 and perviously to that was a Governor at Hatherop CE Primary School. She is a Fairford resident and farms locally with her husband Tom. They have three children, all of whom have had, or are having the benefit of a Farmor's School education. Suzie has previously worked as a Director at Hartpury College where she was responsible for international projects and business development, and then for a welfare charity RABI. She currently works for The Ernest Cook Trust, an educational charity, where she is Head of Grants.

Mr Sam Bartholomew

Sam is the father of three girls, two of which are at Farmor's and the youngest due to start in 2022!  Sam is an experienced primary school Headteacher and he uses his knowledge of education in his role as governor to support the school.  In his spare time Sam enjoys playing the piano and running at a leisurely pace.

Mr Stephen Conlan

Stephen is a father of three boys.  Stephen works as an employment solicitor who brings to his governor role his experience as well as providing a broader supportive role.  Stephen is a member of the Bowmoor Sailing Club Optimist Committee.  Much of his spare time is spent supporting (and transporting!) his boys who are keen participants in various sports, but mainly rugby and sailing.

Miss Sarah Crawford

Sarah has been employed at Farmor's School for six years and is currently the Deputy Head of Sixth Form.  She teaches across all key stages within Social Sciences.

Mrs AJ Cripps

AJ has two daughters who attend Farmor's.  She has been involved in education for over 20 years, teaching in the UK and abroad.  She currently teaches part time in Swindon.  AJ has a passion for education and believes that all children should receive the best educational opportunties to help them to become aspirational life long learners.

Mr Damian Evans

Damian is a trained chartered accountant who has spent the last 17 years working in commerce and industry in a variety of finance roles.  He has a son and a daughter at Farmor's.  Damian finds the role of governor a very rewarding experience which has given him a great insight into the dedication and committment of the staff at Farmor's and what makes it such a great learning environment for the children.

Mr Richard Hills

Rich is currently the Area Director for Africa and Asia Pacific, for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Rich joined the CWGC in 2013 after completing 22 years' service as a Royal Marines Officer. He has a broad background in Leadership, Strategy, Training, and Diplomacy. Rich is married, lives in Lechlade and has two boys currently at Farmor’s. In his spare time, he would rather be found in Snowdonia or the Highlands of Scotland.

Mrs Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth is a solicitor specialising in financial matters and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Milan before settling in Quenington with her husband and family.  She is a governor of Fairford Church of England Primary School as well as Farmor's. Her interest in education originally arose from having her family of seven children, all of whom are now grown up and working. Elizabeth finds her legal background is useful in her role as a governor. 

Mrs Clare Moran

Clare is a Food Scientist from Ashton Keynes who’s daughter is a pupil at Farmor’s school. She previously lived and worked in the USA before returning to the UK to set up a gourmet food direct sales business which she then sold in 2015. She now runs a food consultancy business working on anything from large research projects with UK food retailers to helping new start-ups find their feet in the world of food. She enjoys fitness and is embarking on a Masters in Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University.

Mrs Rachael Mundy

Rachael lives in Fairford and has two children that have studied at Farmor's School. Her daughter is currently studying for her A levels in Farmor's Sixth Form. Rachael has worked here since 2012 as the Examinations Officer and has previously worked in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist and Project Manager. Rachael is involved in the annual Farmor's Three Peaks challenges and enjoys sport and the outdoors in her spare time.

Mrs Kay Norman

Kay is a mother of two, both of whom attend Farmor’s. She currently works as a business performance analyst for Honda Motor Europe. Kay coached girls gymnastics for 7 years but now spends her time chauffering the children to climbing events. She is an avid fan of live music and as a result spend as much time as possible attending concerts.

Ms Lynne Porter

Lynne's son and daughter both enjoyed their time at Farmor's and derived huge benefits from the dedication of the teaching staff.  Lynne felt it was time to give something back.  Her work at the NERC is to manage funding schemes and relationships.  Outside of work Lynne has done her time at football and rugby matches for her son and is currently an unpaid groom for her daughter and her pony, and a terrified passenger groom for carriage driving friends.

Mrs Amy Sevier

Amy has worked as a dispute resolution solicitor since 2018. She grew up in the Cotswolds and returned to live here at the end of 2018. Having a father and sister who are both teachers inspired her to to get involved in the governance of a local school. Her two children attend Fairford Primary School and will hopefully one day be at Farmors. She has enjoyed getting to know the SLT and understanding how the vision for the school is put in place.