Meet the Team
Michael Connolly – Headmaster
Michael joined Cranmore in 2006. Moving south from his native Glasgow, he undertook various roles across the country, culminating in twelve years as the highly successful Headmaster at Barrow Hills.
Cranmore reflects Michael’s vision of eduction: high academic standards, exceptional opportunities in sport and music, a diverse extra-curricular programme and a commitment to nurturing pupils’ social skills and moral values. The school has benefitted from capital expenditure of nearly £2m in the last three years.
An experienced School Inspector, Michael has served on the boards of several national and local educational bodies and regularly writes articles for leading publications. He recently completed a research degree in Philosophy.
Michael is married to Shelagh, who also works at Cranmore.
Michael will be retiring in Summer 2020. Barry Everitt has been appointed Head of Cranmore from September 2020.
Barry Everitt – Headmaster Designate
Barry joined Cranmore in 2010 following a successful career in professional rugby. He played at fly-half for Munster, Leinster, London Irish and Northampton Saints and was called up to the senior Ireland squad in 2001. He still holds the record for the most individual points scored in a Premiership Season, having scored 343 points for London Irish in the 2001/02 season.
Born in Ireland, Barry studied Business before moving to the UK. While living in London he studied Science at Brunel University.
Since joining Cranmore Barry has continued his education, successfully completing a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on educational leadership. He joined the senior leadership team in 2014 and is currently Deputy Head.
Barry’s ethos for an enriched education is founded on participation and academic excellence. He has cultivated a ‘sport for all’ approach at Cranmore and has been responsible for developing a broad academic curriculum.
Barry and his family live locally. His three daughters are pupils at St Teresa’s.
Stephanie Bell – Head of the Junior Dept
Stephanie joined Cranmore in September 2019. She read History at Oxford and worked in banking in the City before having three children and then moving into the education sector, latterly as Headmistress of two independent Catholic Preparatory Schools. Stephanie led her previous school for twelve years, attaining the top rating in every category in Inspections and establishing a track record of a high percentage of scholarships to senior schools. She also set up an education consultancy, The Rose Partnership.
During her time as Headmistress, Stephanie was elected to the Committee of the Catholic Independent Schools Conference (CISC) and served as a Governor for six years each at two leading independent senior schools.
Stephanie is passionate about helping young people to flourish thanks to an outstanding academic education and excellent pastoral care.
Jessica Schembri – Assistant Head of the Senior Dept
Ms Jessica Schembri – Assistant Head of the Senior Dept
Jessica joined Cranmore in 2012. She read French and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London and spent two years working in France and Italy teaching English as a Foreign Language.
She continued her passion for education by successfully achieving her PGCE in Secondary Education (French and Italian) at St Mary’s University. Following the completion of her NQT year in an inner city secondary school in North West London, Jessica was appointed Assistant Head of Year and later became Joint Head of a large Modern Foreign Language Department.
Jessica has always had a love of working with children and from an early age knew that she would work in education. She is passionate about pupil wellbeing and personal development.
Away from teaching, Jessica is a fervent traveller and has an avid interest in the Arts and Art History.
Mike Farmer – Executive Director of the Trust
Mike joined St Teresa’s in September 2012. He began his career teaching Economics and Business at the Godolphin School in Salisbury, taking up the position of Assistant Head at Headington School in Oxford in 1997. In 2003 he was appointed Principal of Kilgraston School in Perthshire. He transformed the school to achieve the highest growth rate within the sector and also topped the Scottish academic league tables.
In 2011, Kilgraston gained national recognition by being named the UK Independent School of the Year.
Under Mike’s headship, St Teresa’s has experienced dramatic growth of 60%, enabling capital investment of over £5m. With a roll of 650 pupils, St.Teresa’s is currently the largest Catholic independent girls-only school in the UK.
In addition to Headship, Mike was a member of the governing council for the Girls’ Scools Association for many years, and also Chair of the boarding committee. In 2016 he had the honour of chairing the Boarding Schools’ Association. He is a Governor of two independent schools and also chairs the advisory board for the Chinese owned company, Achieve Education.
Mike is supported by his wife Mary-Ann who has worked in boarding for many years.
They have two grown up children.