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

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.


Marek Koza

I joined the governing board in 2020 during uncertain and challenging times as I was keen to offer my experience and support to my local community. My experience of working in education spans over 10 years, where I have always had a passion for supporting young people in achieving their potential and developing the life skills required to contribute positively to society and their local communities. I wanted to continue on my journey to improve the lives and opportunities of young people in Swindon that I come into contact with – directly or indirectly – and believe that my role as Governor at Tadpole Farm will allow me to do this. I am eager to use my experiences in education and industry to provide valuable contributions in shaping the future of Tadpole Farm, through a common moral purpose to improve outcomes and life chances of pupils within the school.


Kola Beyioku

I am an IT professional and have been working with the local NHS Trust for over 3 years. I moved to North Swindon from London where I grew up and had been involved in youth work since late teens. I have in the past set up National and local school's debates and poetry events abroad where I have had the pleasure of working with many schools and universities. I joined Tadepole Local board members to work with the leadership team ensuring that each pupils’ values are respected.

I aim to work with the school’s leadership team to promote Christian values through innovative educational programs, events and community engagement while creating safe spaces and time for individuals to be able to develop spiritually as well as those who are searching for answers.


Luke Kemp

I joined the governing board in 2020 since I was eager to give something back to the community and to use my skills where possible to give the students the opportunities to achieve their potential along with promoting the Christian values of the school. In my role as a governor I believe will allow me to do this. I'm an engineer and have been working in the Railway industry for over 19 years. I've lived in North Swindon most of my life and moved to Tadpole Garden Village in 2017. I've got two girls, who are both currently too young to attend the school.

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.

Parent Members Ewan Young: Bio to follow
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.

Acting Principal

John Spencer 

Staff Member Samantha Fletcher
Clerk to the Local Board Lauren Millard