Effingham Schools Trust

In May 2019 the Governors announced the partnership of Cranmore with our neighbouring school, St Teresa’s, to create a diamond model; the most contemporary education model available, offering the best of single sex and co-ed education to girls and boys.

The new charitable trust is called the Effingham Schools Trust.

Cranmore has an enviable academic reputation and will offer senior education for boys to 16 for the first time. The boys will also have the opportunity to join the St. Teresa’s girls to study for their A levels in a joint co-ed Sixth Form (from 2025).

The diamond model will mean that children from Nursery to Year 4 are educated in a co-ed environment at Cranmore, then from Year 5 to Year 11 boys and girls will be educated on two separate sites in a single sex environment.

The diamond model school will be the result of evolution, not revolution and the changes will come into fruition gradually. Further information can be found here.

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.