Link Tutors

 

Zoe Gregory (Link Tutor for Alderwood School) 

Zoe grew up locally and her three children have attended the College - they thoroughly enjoyed their time here so she is a keen advocate to study at Farnborough. 

Zoe started her teaching journey as a nursery school manager, whilst completing her Bachelor of Arts in Early Years and her Early Years Professional Status.  She also studied for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Zoe completed her PGCE at the University of Reading and began her teaching career as a primary school teacher.  She thoroughly enjoyed this role and then moved into Further Education.  Zoe joined the College in September 2016 to teach psychology and has been a Personal Tutor for three years.

 

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.  

 

Diana Hartley (Link Tutor for Court Moor School) 

Diana graduated from the University of Cardiff with a degree in Economics and spent eight years working in the banking sector; working for MBNA, Capital One and Santander within their credit risk departments.  Having decided to retrain as a teacher, she returned to university and studied for her PGCE in Business Education at Roehampton University.

She joined Farnborough in 2008 as a teacher of Economics and became a Personal Tutor in 2010.  Having previously worked as both a Head of Economics and a Head of Year 12 at Ranelagh School, she enjoys the variety within the role of a Personal Tutor.  

 

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. 

 

Lucy Channon (Link Tutor for Farnham Heath End School) 

Lucy had a career in the MOD's computing sector before joining the college in 1999. After working for a short time in IT support she was appointed to a teaching role delivering level 2 and 3 Information Technology courses. Lucy graduated with a first class honours degree in Education from Surrey University whilst working full time as a teacher. She became the Curriculum Manager for IT and led a succession of three different level 3 Information Technology courses before being appointed as a Personal Tutor in 2021.

Lucy enjoyed working with young people before her teaching career as an instructor and officer in the Army Cadet Force for many years. Her two sons were both students here and look back at their college years with fond memories.

 

 

Sarah Pithers (Link Tutor for Fernhill School) 

Sarah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Joint Honours degree in Political Science and Sociology. She then completed her post-16 PGCE at Birmingham City University and embarked on her teaching placement at City College Coventry where she was also appointed as a part time teacher of Sociology during her training year. During her teaching career Sarah has taught both Sociology and Criminology and was Course Leader for Criminology between 2017-2020 while working at Queen Mary's College. In early 2019, Sarah was nominated by her students for a local teaching award and she won 'College Teacher of the Year' organised by the Basingstoke Gazette later that year.
 
She first joined the college in September 2020 as Personal Tutor and Teacher of Sociology. She thoroughly enjoys her role and supporting students on their journey through college.
 

Matt Ward (Link Tutor for Frogmore Community College) 

Matt graduated from Lincoln University with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 2003, moving to South London in 2004 where he completed his teacher training qualification whilst working at Croydon College.  He taught across a range of Art and Design subjects, leading the Graphic Design pathway of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design for the Croydon School of Art.  
 
Matt left Croydon College in 2013 to manage both the Fine Art and Graphic Design A-level programmes at South Thames College in South London. Before leaving the College in 2016 he also became an Advanced Teaching Practitioner supporting the development of teaching staff across the College campuses.  In 2016 Matt joined the Art department at Farnborough before being appointed a member of the Personal Tutor team in 2018.
 

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. 

 

Dan Cleary (Link Tutor for Tomlinscote School) 

Dan Cleary is a graduate from the University of Winchester. After completing a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management, Dan pursued a Master of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing. He has extensive experience in the education sector, having held a variety of roles in both sixth form colleges and 11-18 schools. He completed his teacher training at the University of Brighton via the GTP route


Dan's previous roles include Head of Faculty for Social Sciences and Head of Sixth Form within a school, during which time the school achieved an Ofsted rating of "Outstanding". Dan currently works as an A Level Business teacher and Personal tutor at the Sixth Form College Farnborough, a role he has held since August 2022.

 

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.