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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.  She is currently vice-chair of the Gloucestershire Association of School Business Management which supports business professionals across Gloucestershire.  She enjoys keeping fit and has recently joined a running club.


Mr Tony Joslyn (Chair of Governors)

Tony is a father of four children, the youngest two of whom attended Farmor's.  He has worked in farming and the wider agriculture industry since he was a teenager and now runs his own business in agricultural finance.  Tony is a keen walker, cyclist and skier who also enjoys the arts and music.

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.

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.

Mrs Suzie Paton

Suzie is married with three children at Farmor's.  She farms with her husband Tom in Fairford and also works as the Regional Welfare Officer for RABI, a farming charity.  Suzie has previously worked in business development, with a responsibility for international projects as a Director at Hartpury College.  Suzie was also a governor at Hatherop primary school for eight years.

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.

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.  Sam is married to Ruth who is also a primary school teacher and the Vice Chair of Governors at Fairford Primary School.  In his spare time Sam enjoys playing the piano and is a keen runner.

Mrs Rachael Mundy

Rachael lives in Fairford and has two children at Farmor's and has worked here since 2012 as Data and Examinations Officer.  Rachael has recently completed the National Three Peaks challenge with staff and sixth form students.  Rachael enjoys walking, baking and choir in her spare time.

Mrs Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth is a solicitor specialising in financial matters and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Milan before settling in Quenington.  Elizabeth is also an elected member of the Gloucestershire Schools Forum representing secondary academies.  Her interest in education originally arose from having her family of seven children.

Mr Robin Bailey

Robin worked for a number of years at Director level for Nationwide Building Society.  He retired in 2011 and is now Chairman of a Building Society.

Mr David Wright

David is an Accountant at the Ernest Cook Trust.  Formerly Financial Director in the private sector.  David is a long distance runner and international marathon coach and can still be seen pottering around Fairford.