Link Tutors

Matt Thorne (Link Tutor for Alderwood School) 

Matt is a Personal Tutor and teaches Sociology.  This is his 16th year at the College and he has taught across a number of different curriculum areas during his time at Farnborough. 

He was a student at the College between 1990 and 1992.  He has recently completed his Doctorate in Education and researches the aspirations and achievement of children from forces families. Part of this work is being Vice Chair of the Policy group of the Service Children's Progression Alliance based at the University of Winchester. 

Matt has been the link tutor for Alderwood School for the last six years and enjoys attending events at the school.

 

Rachel Buck (Link Tutor for Ash Manor School) 

Rachel completed a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design before undertaking a Degree in Arts and Media at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.  Her first job after completing her degree was as the Art and Design Technician at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, returning to the same College where she studied her A levels.   

Rachel was approached by the Senior Leadership Team to do some teaching in Graphic Design which led to her completing her PGCE and becoming a fully qualified teacher.  Supporting students with their work inspired Rachel to apply for an Associate Tutor role. She is now a full time Personal Tutor and works closely with Ash Manor School to assist with their students’ transition from school to college. 

 

Rachel Clarke (Link Tutor for Calthorpe Park School) 

Rachel is a graduate from Cardiff University with a degree in Psychology and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London.  She joined the College as a newly qualified teacher in 2004 in the Psychology department and became a Personal Tutor in 2008.  During her time at the College, she has been responsible for University of Cambridge admissions and helped coordinate the successful Copper Link programme, where Farnborough students team up with students from Henry Tyndale School to complete creative projects.  

Rachel has also taken part in two world challenge trips where she accompanied students to Chile and Norway where they hiked, kayaked and became involved in community projects.  

 

Jo Chambers (Link Tutor for Court Moor School) 

Jo left school at 18, and worked in clerical roles for a number of years, before taking on a reservation sales role at British Airways.  She then became an account manager at Electronic Data Systems working with airline customers.  Jo started her degree when her children were young and discovered her love of history again.  She started her teaching career at Court Moor School where she took part in the Graduate Teacher Programme and came to The Sixth Form College Farnborough as a newly qualified teacher, gradually building up her hours to full time.  Jo joined the Personal Tutor team in 2016.

 

Dawn Arnold (Link Tutor for Cove School)

Dawn is a Personal Tutor and supports students who are making an application to study Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry at university.  She also teaches A level Biology. 

Dawn grew up locally and attended Cove School, where she was Deputy Head Girl and House Captain for Montgomery.  After school, Dawn studied for her A levels at the College before going to Swansea University to complete her degree in Microbiology and Genetics.  She then attended Reading University to complete her 11-19 PGCE.  Dawn started her teaching career as a science teacher at an 11-18 secondary school, before applying for a role at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, where she has been ever since. 

 

Luke Simmonds (Link Tutor for Farnham Heath End School) 

Luke is a graduate from the University of Surrey with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  He gained his PGCE in Secondary Science for 11 to 18 years from the University of Southampton. 

After completing his studies, Luke worked within the aviation industry for a number of years as an aircraft engineer, before retraining as a teacher with a view of inspiring more young people to pursue scientific or engineering careers.  

Joining the College as an NQT, Luke was appointed as a Physics teacher in 2012 before becoming a Personal Tutor in 2016.  Whilst at the College, Luke has run several business and engineering outreach programmes for students.

 

Lesley Connor (Link Tutor for Fernhill School) 

Lesley has been with the College since 2009, after completing her PGCE at the University of Winchester.  Coming from an academic background of Sociology, Law and Research Methodology, she has taught Sociology at the College since she started and has been a Personal Tutor since 2011.

Lesley is the Link Tutor for Fernhill School, where she completed her PGCE placement. Lesley’s daughter also attended Farnborough and after graduating from Exeter, taught Sociology in the department.  Lesley has a keen interest in wellbeing.

 

Jacquie Howard (Link Tutor for Frogmore Community College) 

Jacquie completed her Higher National Diploma in the Science and Management of Health and Fitness before embarking on a 15 year career in both the public and private health and fitness industry.

She started working at The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 2001, leading her to complete her PGCE and become a fully qualified teacher.  During Jacquie’s 19 years at the College, she has taught a variety of subjects including vocational sport.  

In 2013, Jacquie was appointed as a Personal Tutor as well as the Link Tutor for Frogmore Community College.  She was appointed as Lead Tutor of the tutorial programme in 2017. 

 

Jay Relf (Link Tutor for Kings International College) 

Jay spent many successful years in the music industry as an artist, producer and recording engineer, working for many recording companies including Universal, Island Records, BMG and Sony Music. 

He began his teaching career in 2003, having gained a City and Guilds Diploma in Teaching in the LifeLong Learning sector working in FE Colleges in South London as a Music Technology Tutor before joining the college in January 2016.  

Jay was appointed as a Personal Tutor in 2017 and enjoys the role of combining both passions for the subject of music and the welfare of his tutees. 

 

Ross Sarginson (Link Tutor for Robert May’s School) 

Ross is a graduate from the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham with a degree in Film and Video Production.  He studied his PGCE in Media Studies at The Central School of Speech and Drama and joined the College as a newly qualified teacher in 2008.  In his life before teaching, Ross worked within the film industry and also ran a wedding videography business.

During his time at the College, Ross has taught A level Media Studies and Film Studies.  He has built many connections for the department linked to his experiences in the film industry, including student work placement opportunities with Oscar winners.

In 2013, Ross was appointed as a Personal Tutor and supports those students applying for Cambridge.  Ross is the Link Tutor for Robert May’s School.

 

Matt Smith (Link Tutor for Rowhill School) 

Matt completed his Sport Science degree and PGCE at The Chelsea School at Brighton University.  He taught Physical Education in a local comprehensive school until 2000 when he joined the Sport and Physical Education department at Farnborough.

Matt took on a range of roles at the College before becoming a Personal Tutor in 2005.  Since then he has enjoyed running a School Mentoring Programme in Partner Schools and completed a Diploma in Stress Management in 2014.  

Matt was appointed as Lead Tutor for transition in 2013 and became Assistant Principal with responsibility for welfare in 2018.  He is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the College.

 

Russell Hume (Link Tutor for St Nicholas’ School) 

Russell joined the College in 1999, having recently completed his post-16 PGCE at the University of Surrey.  In his life before teaching, he worked in a variety of industries including housing services, financial management and the media industry.  He is a BA (Hons) Government & Politics graduate of The University of Central Lancashire.

During his time at the College, Russell has worked in a number of curriculum areas including Sociology, Health and Social Care and Media Studies.  Since 2001, he has been part of the Personal Tutor team, thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to offer extensive pastoral support to students.  Between 2004 and 2014 he was the Lead Tutor responsible for School Liaison & Admissions, working closely and successfully with a growing number of link schools.  Since 2015, he has been the Link Tutor for St Nicholas' School. 

Russell is also an advisor to the College's Student Association, assisting the committee of elected officers who represent the student body and provides a valuable link between students and staff. 

 

Jacquie Voase (Link Tutor for Tomlinscote School) 

Jacquie is a Business Studies graduate, but after a short stint in London, she changed direction and was selected to train at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  After receiving her commission, she was fortunate to serve in a variety of locations including Bosnia, Hong Kong, Nepal and Germany.  After leaving as a Captain, Jacquie went on to become a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and also graduated again, this time from The Open University with a Psychology degree.

When she returned from Germany in 2006, she joined The Sixth Form College Farnborough as a Psychology teacher and completed her PGCE with the University of Greenwich.  She is also a Senior Examiner for an awarding body for Psychology.  Jacquie joined the tutor team in February 2018 and thoroughly enjoys using her wide experience to successfully coach her students.  

 

Sam Cook (Link Tutor for The Wavell School) 

Sam is a graduate from Lancaster University with a BSc in Biochemistry and did her PGCE at Loughborough University in Science and PE.  Along the way, Sam also did an MSc in Clinical Biochemistry at University of Manchester and she also did an MSc in Experimental Psychology at University of Sussex.  Sam worked as a science teacher in Brighton before moving into special educational needs, which culminated in her running an Autistic Spectrum Disorder unit attached to a mainstream school in Manchester.  

Sam joined the College as a Personal Tutor in 2005.  She also teaches A level Psychology and works in study support helping with access arrangements.  Sam also holds the post of Equality and Diversity Coordinator.

 

Anne Temple-Hall (Link Tutor for Weydon School) 

Anne is a graduate from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Sociology and Psychology, and gained a PGCE from Manchester Metropolitan University.  She was appointed to the College as a Personal Tutor and Psychology teacher in 2000 after travelling the world for a year.  Previous to this, Anne was a Psychology teacher at Priestley College. 

Anne took some time away from College in 2004 to raise her two children and returned to her role in 2010.  She is the Designated Teacher for looked-after students and is a member of the safeguarding team.

 

Adam Slade (Link Tutor for Woking High School) 

Adam is a graduate from University of Warwick with a degree in German and Politics. Adam previously worked at a comprehensive school in Leamington Spa for four years where he was a post-16 tutor, Head of Politics and responsible for sixth form careers provision.  Having gained his PGCE from the University of Exeter, Adam was appointed to the College as Curriculum Manager for Government and Politics in 2007 and joined the Personal Tutor team in 2014.

Before teaching, Adam worked for the BBC writing content for a variety of their websites and for ICL-Fujitsu in a sales role, focusing on German speaking regions.

 

Matt McCully (Link Tutor for The Winston Churchill School) 

Matt studied Photography, Biology and Psychology at The Sixth Form College Farnborough then went on to study a degree in Photography at the University of Gloucestershire.  

After university he entered the creative industry as a photographer and retoucher. After a few years, Matt decided he would like to work in education and saw an opportunity at the College where he could work and earn his teaching qualification.  Matt loves teaching photography, however he also found a desire to help students in a broader sense, and was fortunate enough to be made a Personal Tutor a few years ago.