Emily Jolliffe


Emily Jolliffe is a fully qualified and experienced teacher of primary age children, young people and adults. She is a fluent French and Spanish speaker having lived and worked for 6 months to two years in both France and South America.


Emily has six years teaching experience both in and outside of primary and secondary schools. She has a full Criminal Records Bureau check (Enhanced Disclosure) to work with children.


She set up her own after school French and Spanish teaching business and also offers one-to-one or small group language learning for adults and older children.


  BA Honours French and Spanish, 2:1 with

   Distinction in Spoken French - University of

   Sheffield 1997

  Post Graduate Certificate of Education in

   Secondary Modern Foreign Languages -     
   University of Bath 2004

  Certificate in Community Education and

   Development - University of Ulster 2001

  2005 Certificate of Education for a Happy     
   Childhood, run in association with Steiner   
   Waldorf Schools Fellowship

•  Certificate in Rural Tourism 2008 and also
   offers one-to-one or small group language
   learning for adults and older children.

Ross Thompson


Ross is from the North West of Ireland and spent 12 years working in Belfast before moving to Laurel Farm. He graduated in Community Work, later completed a Masters and Diploma in Social Work and has a Diploma in Management.


Whilst in Belfast he set up The Pathways Project: three Alternative Education Centres (AEP). He set up the project out of his concern for the lack of education provision for young people who were excluded from school. This work is one of Ross's passions which he continues today at Laurel Farm. In Northern Ireland Ross was instrumental in gaining recognition, mainstream funding and policy change for AEP's and co-wrote the Alternative Education Provision: Good Practice Guide.


Since moving to the South West, Ross has:

  Managed the Education Service for Children  
   in Public Care in Wiltshire;

  Managed Entry to Employment (E2E) in
   Somerset;

  Externally evaluated training providers
   working with young people Not in Education,
   Employment or Training (NEET) in the West
   of England;

  Converted the Temple and cottage

  1. Provided training and facilitation to various
    public and voluntary organisations working
    with children and young people.  

Ross and Emily moved to Laurel Farm in April 2003. Laurel Farm used to be a working farm, scrap mongers and during the 1990's was a Buddhist Monastery. Ross and Emily have converted the outbuildings and land to provide a Community Education Centre and have developed the smallholding.


Laurel Farm is used for a wide variety of purposes: a Care Farm working with young people at risk, a Steiner Kindergarten, an eco holiday cottage, community activities, team development, retreats, seminars and workshops.


The 6 acre smallholding offers newly planted woodland,
wildlife ponds, a spring with plunge pool and beautiful views
of the Cam Valley. We have a growing number of livestock
with chickens, ducks, pigs, sheep and bees.

About Ross, Emily and Laurel Farm

Laurel Farm

17 Carlingcott

Peasedown St. John

Bath BA2 8AN


Email: ross@laurelfarm.org.uk

Tel: 01761 420204

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Ross's life is now extremely varied ranging from beekeeping to facilitation; work with young people to construction; pig keeping to team building, not to mention the joy of fathering. 

Ross is very happy living at Laurel Farm where he strives to integrate his work and family life, asking why separate the inseparable?http://livepage.apple.com/About_Us_files/RT%20CV.docshapeimage_7_link_0

Our Mission Statement:
“We strive to have a positive impact on our community, local environment and local economy. We hope to offer activities and events of interest to those who wish to use the space, and are very open to new ideas. We try to do all we can to live in harmony with our environment. We are keen to have productive working relationships with local people and businesses.”
Laurel Farm - September 2008

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