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: 

The local board is co-chaired by Sharon Bennett-Thomas and Peter Firth.  If you wish to contact them, please email on and

We currently have vacancies for Foundation and Parent Members of the Board.  If you are interested in applying, please email

Foundation Members

Sharon Bennett-Thomas

Nelson Mandela said,"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." What drives my passion for education is seeing children thrive and learn.   I come from a family of teachers and I am also married to one, so when I chose to volunteer, I joined the Local Governing Board at Tadpole Farm in 2017 as a Foundation Governor.  I wanted to make a difference and to give something back to the community and also develop and learn other skills.  In my professional life, I work as an Account Manager for an Insurance Broker and have worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years.




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

My family moved to Tadpole Garden Village in 2017. With two young children attending Tadpole Farm, I felt the need to not only be part of the community but also be more involved in decisions regarding their education whilst enriching the diverse culture at the school.

I am a change management professional within the financial services sector and lead volunteer in setting up and running Springfield Royal Montessori School in Ghana, West Africa.

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

I joined the board in 2019 as I wanted to give something back to my local community. As my Godson attends the school, I felt Tadpole Farm was the perfect place for me to sit on the board. I am currently training to become a chartered accountant with a local accountancy firm, and I hold a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from Swansea University. I have experience in academy finance and accounts, and hope to use this knowledge to assist me in my role as Community Governor.


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
Co-opted Member John Spencer
Clerk to the Local Board Suzanna Miles