Staff Team

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I am very pleased to welcome you to our website and to our school. Farney Close School is a very special place, a place where there is warmth, motivation, education and care to ensure that our students get the best support we can offer every day.

I have a diverse background that has supported me in a range of leadership roles throughout my career, and I am always looking to learn more about the world around us and the people in it.
I am very proud to be the Head teacher at Farney Close and feel very lucky to have the support of a dedicated group of caring staff.

Henrik Winther

The Staff teaching team consists of 14 Teachers, 8 Classroom Assistants, and 25 Residential Social Care Workers. As well as the teaching and care teams we also have a full compliment of auxillary staff in our catering, maintenance and administration departments. Included in our team of support consultants Educational Psychologist, Adolescent Counsellors, Speech and Launguage Therapist, Art & Play Therapist, and Dyslexia Specialist. (see School Life/Therapeutic Support)

  • Head: Henrik Winther-Olsen, B.Ed, B. Pol Sc., Grad Dip Psych
  • Deputy Head: Emma Shiel BA Hons, PGCE
  • Care Manager: Sara Hack, Dip H.Ed Dip Social Work


A full list of our staff team is available on request


Company Management & Board of Governors:

(Click underlined names for more information on our Governors)

Company Secretary - Alison Carrington

  • Sheila Burt, Chair of Governors 
  • Sue Deane - Dep Chair
  • Martin Gibrill - Governor 
  • Shelagh Urwin, Governor
  • Jenny Bowry, Governor
  • Carole Johns
  • Clarissa Barry


National Minimum Standards, Std 20  Independant Visitors

Adrian Gorman AC, ECP
Karina Gill DC (Surrey & Sussex Police)