Meet the Local Board

Our Local Board is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who, along with the Principal, has overall responsibility for the running of the school .

Their responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Advising on school policies and procedures
  • Helping to recruit staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

Meet the Board Members: 

Foundation Members Sharon Bennett-Thomas

Debra Nicholas

I have many years experience in corporate business including project management and have recently taken early retirement from my role as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive of a local PLC where I served for 16 years.  I have an Open University Bachelor of Arts Degree and have two grown up sons. I bring commitment and enthusiasm to my governing role and am keen to ensure TFCEPA's children develop, academically, spiritually, socially, and safely, to assist them in their adult life.


Peter Firth

I joined the board in 2017 when my family moved to Tadpole Garden Village. Since we have moved, both of my children have started their school at Tadpole Farm, my wife works at the school part time and is involved in the ‘Friends of Tadpole’ group. I have previously been a governor at other primary and secondary schools within Swindon, and felt this would be a good way to serve in our local community. I am an accountant by profession, and now work as a consumer advocate within the insurance industry.

  Justice Buckman
Ex-Officio Foundation Member

Rev.Sally Robertson

As the Priest-in-charge (aka vicar) of the local parish church, St Andrew's, I am a local board member as part of my job.  I've lived in Swindon since 2013 and been the Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew's since July 2017.  Prior to this I had been the Associate Minister at St John's Haydon Wick.  Having previously lived in Ealing and then Reading, I'm gradually moving west and really like all the open spaces and footpaths Swindon has to offer.  When I'm not being vicar of St Andrew's, I enjoy cooking, geocaching and performing in Gilbert and Sullivan.  I live in Tadpole Garden Village with my husband, Simon, and normally at least one of our 3 (nearly) adult daughters.  

Parent Members

Jacqueline Fitzgerald

I'm a local mum of 2 and a foster carer. My daughter currently attends Tadpole Farm school.  I became  a governor because I wanted to be a part of the school and help it to grow successful for my daughter and other local children.

Community Member Ellie McQuade

Jane Leo

The aspect of being head of a Church school that drives me to give of my best is that we are a service to the community.  It is that performance of service for others that started me on this journey in educational leadership and it is what keeps me looking for better ways to serve the children and families in our community; to nurture the adults within our team and to support other schools, both within and outside our Academy Trust.  Whilst I am still on my own faith journey, I come from a long line of those who have served others and so I expect it's in my genetics as well as being part of my way of serving God. When I am not at school, I am Chair of a local open air swimming pool - can't beat open air swimming for a contemplative experience - which serves the local community as it has done since the 1800's, though now in more modern surroundings! 

Staff Member Samantha Fletcher
Clerk to the Local Board Suzanna Miles