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Staff Testimonials

Meet our team and read their profiles as to why they love Cranbrook Education Campus. 


  • Mrs Jo Bond

    Primary SENDCo

  • Mr Stephen Farmer

    Head of Campus

  • Mr Ben Hobbs

    Primary Deputy Head Teacher

  • Mrs Katherine Jones

    Exams Officer & Marketing

  • Mr Barnaby Poslett

    Key Stage 1 Teacher

  • Mrs Sonya Rodrigues

    Room Leader - Nursery

  • Miss Karen Thomas

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Jo Bond

    Primary SENDCo

    I have been the primary SENDCO since September 2021 and have been teaching at Cranbrook Education Campus since 2018. I currently am working towards my SENDCo qualification. I qualified as a teacher in 2007 and have worked in several schools across Devon. 

    At Cranbrook, my responsibilities include: Supporting teachers to provide the best possible education for our SEND children, Chairing meetings between school and our SEND families, completing referrals to additional services for children and supporting children with their time in school. I also teach in Nursery and Year 1 for 2 and a half days a week. 

    In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family. I have a 5 year old daughter called Eva who likes to get up to all sorts of mischief! I enjoy sharing some wildly exaggerated (!) Eva adventures with your children when I see them in the corridor. In the summer, I enjoy going to the beach, I have also tried my hand at some very basic sand sculpture. 

    Mr Stephen Farmer

    Head of Campus

    I have been Headteacher at Cranbrook Education Campus since 2016. I supported with the original digital systems before the Campus opened and then taught Computer Science to the original cohort of Year 7 pupils during the 2015-2016 academic year. I am fully committed to leading CEC to be a school rooted in its community where aspirational learning and opportunities transform the lives of our pupils.

    Prior to becoming a teacher back in 2008, I ran my own business providing both educational workshops to school and youth groups and creating websites for local business in Plymouth. I am originally from South West Wales where I grew up surfing, coasteering, kayaking, snorkelling and biking before moving to Plymouth to study my degree in Digital Art and Technology where I was awarded the ‘Being Digital’ award in my final year. I met my wife whilst at University and now we have three young children (Enid, Kitto and Redwynn) who keep us very busy outside of school.

    I am incredibly proud of Cranbrook Education Campus and how we transform lives and strengthen our communities to make the world a better place. Please do come and visit us to see our wonderful school in action and to meet our Proud, Engaged, Ready, Kind and Safe pupils and staff.


    Mr Ben Hobbs

    Primary Deputy Head Teacher

    I have been Deputy Headteacher of Primary for a year now and have loved my time at Cranbrook Education Campus. Since qualifying as a teacher, I have spent the majority of my career teaching in London, both in Westminster and Tower Hamlets, before moving to Devon to start my role here at Cranbrook.  

    At Cranbrook, my responsibilities include:  Curriculum, Assessment, English and PE and I will regularly cover in classes across the school. I particularly love hearing about what children are reading, both in the classroom and in their spare time and have been a promotor of ‘reading for pleasure’ over the past year. 

    In my spare time I play a range of sports, including football, and have previously run a number of full and half marathons including, London, Rome and Melbourne. I have also recently become a father to my first child, Owen, who is keeping me very busy outside of school!  

    Mrs Katherine Jones

    Exams Officer & Marketing

    I graduated in 2006 with an Honours degree in English and Media Studies and over the last 15 years I have worked in finance, marketing and advertising. After the birth of my son in 2017, I wanted to "work to live" and gained a meaningful work/life balance by joining the CEC Family in September 2018.

    I started out as the face of the school on the main reception desk, but have also carried out other duties across the campus. I'm currently the Exams Officer and Marketing lead.

    I’m also studying Level 3 British Sign Language and hoping to go into interpreting in years to come.

    Mr Barnaby Poslett

    Key Stage 1 Teacher

    I have been employed at Cranbrook since June 2023 and have thoroughly enjoyed beginning my teaching career at Cranbrook Education Campus. Prior to teaching, I was a teaching assistant for 7 years. I have lived in Devon for all of my life, growing up locally in Exmouth. 
    My responsibilities are currently teaching Year 2 (Engle Class) and supporting the RE subject team.

    Mrs Sonya Rodrigues

    Room Leader - Nursery

    This is my 6th year working here and I absolutely love it. Seeing the children go from little 2-year-olds and watching them grow through the school is just amazing. Before working here I worked as a room leader at First Steps Nursery at the Hospital for 14 years. I have had 22 years experience in childcare altogether! In that time, I had 2 lovely little girls, Ava and Hallie, so my move to the campus was a great choice for our family.  

    In my spare time I love going on days out and making lots of family memories, I like to find new adventures to have with my little family. I also love riding my scooter to school so you may see me fly by on your way in! 

    Miss Karen Thomas

    Teaching Assistant

    I have worked at Cranbrook Education Campus since 2019, where I am currently a teaching assistant. Previously I have been a play-lead during lunchtimes, and enjoyed many months as lunch time lead coordinator. 

    I am passionate about history, it being one of my favourite subjects, and it is wonderful to help enable our children to discover more about the past and become enthusiastic towards their learning. One of my duties is to deliver phonics and English interventions, and I regularly catch up with the children on what they have been reading. Devouring novels is a past time of mine and it is fantastic to be able to get involved with what books they have been enjoying and promote positivity towards reading. 

    Kayaking, paddleboarding and rock climbing are other hobbies of mine that I try to keep up with as often as my own children will allow!