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The Prospect Trust

Tomlinscote AQC

Rebecca Davis (Chair)

Rebecca joined the AQC as a Parent Councillor in 2018. She was appointed as the Chair of the AQC in 2020 and regularly attends meetings with the Prospect Trust to ensure that their vision, core values and strategic aims are implemented at Tomlinscote. Her focus is on ensuring that students receive an outstanding and supportive education and that they enjoy their time at the school.

As a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney who spent more than twenty-five years working in City law firms, Rebecca set up her own legal practice in 2017. She has two children, one at Tomlinscote School and one at the 6th Form College Farnborough.

Colin Cavan (Vice Chair)

Colin has spent over 32 years with BP Group plc.  He joined the AQC because he has a strong desire to support Tomlinscote School provide the very best education possible to all children including his sons, who attend the school.  Colin’s particular interest is in helping Tomlinscote ensure all pupils leave with the best possible outcomes and to help them prepare for an increasingly competitive jobs market.

Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca is the Head of Creative Arts at Tomlinscote School.  Rebecca has worked at Tomlinscote for 13 years starting out as an NQT.  Her subject specialist is Dance and in more recent years has also trained in Creative Media.  Her role consists of leading her team of Creative Arts teachers to develop a high standard of learning and teaching across both Key Stages.

Rebecca is also heavily involved in the wider community at Tomlinscote.  Yearly she undertakes the responsibility of organising a welcome for new staff, assists in the assessing of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is deeply involved in the schools Main School Production.

Rebecca Brookes

Rebecca is Assistant Headteacher at Ravenscote School, responsible for Year 6.  This role provides  a solid knowledge base regarding the specific children that feed into Tomlinscote, the curriculum they have covered and the concerns they have regarding the move to the next stage of their education.  Rebecca works with The Prospect Trust developing best practice to support children transitioning from junior to secondary 

Rebecca’s subject speciality is English but  as a primary school teacher in her seventh year, has experience teaching across the curriculum.  Rebecca is about to begin training to become a Designated Safeguarding Lead and so will have heightened knowledge of safeguarding and procedures to offer.

Helen Ellis, Staff Councillor

Helen was elected by the school staff in October 2018.  She fundamentally believes that schools play an intrinsic role in shaping future generations and that therefore the role of Councillor is vital in ensuring that students in Tomlinscote get the best deal possible in terms of their education and wellbeing, whilst safeguarding staff and their wellbeing.

Heather O'Connor

Heather is an ex-student of Tomlinscote and her own children have only recently left the school.  Benefiting from a wealth of Tomlinscote knowledge, Heather also cares passionately about the school.  Over twenty years of experience as a secondary school teacher, in both the state and independent sectors, provide useful insight for the AQC.

As a regular attendee of the Parental Forum, Heather is well aware of parental concerns, especially in understanding how best to support children in the face of the ongoing and sometimes daunting, educational reforms.

Colin Pirie

Having spent over 30 years in policing, Colin is currently a Detective Superintendent with Surrey Police.  Colin is particularly interested in supporting Tomlinscote in its role as part of the wider community, instilling standards and education to create a foundation for our young people.  Ensuring the School maintains its excellent provision of enrichment activities to provide our learners with a range of opportunities is paramount.  Colin is a parent to two children.

Hedvig Schmidt Moutsatsos

Hedvig is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Southampton, teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students as well as fulfilling the role of Exams Officer for the Law School.  This career path has led to an insight into what is required and expected from young people post GCSE and A level.  Having also been a governor at a local primary school, Hedvig has experience of earlier Key Stages.  Hedvig has three children, one at Tomlinscote and two who are schooled locally.

Matthew Simmonds

As well as working as a Captain for British Airways, Matthew is an active member of the local community and volunteered throughout the pandemic.  His job and volunteering roles means he has great experience in effective team working, situation management and problem-solving and believes in the importance of developing these skills in our young people.  Matthew has two children at Tomlinscote and has a strong interest in the development and success of the School.