Support Staff

Mrs Julia Beesley

HL Teaching Assistant

I was born in Madrid where I lived until I finished my studies. I then went to London for a few months to improve my English and met my husband so decided to stay. During this time I worked in tourism and the Spanish chamber of commerce in London .

We moved to Stratford in 1999 and since 2005 I have been working at Stratford Primary School, I have worked with all year groups during my time here. I have three daughters who were pupils at Stratford Primary School and were very happy during their time here.

In my spare time, I love reading, travelling and eating good food with friends.

Mrs Thea Davies

Teaching Assistant

I grew up in Scotland but spent a lot of time in Norway due to my father living and working there. My teenage years were spent at school in Malvern and when I left there I did a theatre studies course here in Stratford. I then went to work for a Large Design and Communications company in London. I began as a Production Assistant and then became an Account Manager travelling Europe and North America with Jaguar Land Rover and Aston. After spending 10 years in London I decided to move to Paris where I stayed for five years soaking up Parisian life before coming back to Stratford to settle down. It was then I discovered Reflexology and subsequently trained as a reflexologist which I found extremely rewarding. I started working at Stratford-upon-Avon Primary School in June 2019 but I have had connections with it for a lot longer due to my children attending the school. I am a Teaching Assistant and have a particular in interest in SEN. I thoroughly enjoy supporting the children both 1:1 and generally in the classroom. I have really enjoyed gaining more skills whilst working at Stratford-upon-Avon and have done qualifications in Lego Therapy, Child Mental Health and Well-being, Behaviour that challenges, Autism, and Counselling Skills. In my spare time, I love being amongst nature, by the sea and going over to France with my family as much as possible.

Mrs C Euinton

Teaching Assistant

Hello. I have a long association with Stratford Primary School going back more than twenty years. I feel lucky to work in such a friendly school and enjoy my role as Teaching Assistant in Year 6. I have experience working with all year groups and my passion is supporting children with additional needs.

Before moving to Stratford, I studied Geography then Cartography at university and worked in London for the Ordnance Survey. In my free time I enjoy visiting my grown up family, gardening and travelling. I love all things Italian and challenge myself to speak a little more of the language each time I visit.

Mrs Nerys Buchanan

1-1 Teaching Assistant

I have lived in and around Stratford upon Avon all my life and have always had links with Stratford upon Avon, working at the RSC for 12 years prior to having my two children.
When my children were at primary school, I did some volunteer work at the school and this was the beginning of my lengthy career in education. I then went on to be employed as a teaching assistant, working in a range of year groups and with a variety of children and needs. This then progressed to me working 1:1 with a pupil and I was lucky enough to work with them throughout their school journey from Reception to Year 6.
I began my role at Stratford upon Avon Primary School in 2019 and haven't looked back since! I am really enjoying working in such a dynamic environment and taking on new and exciting challenges.
In my spare time I like to go walking, exploring the countryside and playing the odd round of golf, only the way I play is a nice walk in the countryside ruined!

Miss Lisa Blake

Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Stratford Primary school for 6 years now. I am lucky enough to have worked across most of the school, I am now based in Reception and enjoy working in Early Years.

I am originally from Stratford but have lived all over the world including Cyprus and Germany as my dad was in the Armed Forces for twenty two years, I completed my secondary school life and took my GCSE's in Germany. I then moved back to Stratford in 2005 with my first child.

In my spare time I enjoy playing netball and spending time with my two children who are eleven and four, they like playing football, baking and going on muddy walks.

Miss C Rushton

Teaching Assistant

After graduating from Kingston University, I went to Mexico to travel and was lucky enough to teach an academic year in a bilingual school. The whole experience was challenging and amazing and I do believe I left a little bit of my heart in Mexico!
On my return, I taught in a lovely school in Wimbledon in KS1 for a few years. When I started my family, I moved back to my hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Between babies, I was a supply teacher for schools in Warwickshire.

I had been a parent at the school a long time before I became a member of staff and only have one child our of four left at Stratford Primary. The older children have wonderful memories of their primary school and I feel privileged to be part of the team.

My four children and two cats keep me very busy but I manage to find time to do things I enjoy outside of school. I love to sing and am in a couple of choirs. I try to go and hear live music when I can. With any other spare time I have, I like to run and you may even see me at the occasional Park Run!

Mrs Cate Fade

H L Teaching Assistant

I have lived in and around Stratford all my life and before having my son I was the Revenue Manager for a group of privately owned hotels.

I started at Stratford Primary as a volunteer in 2006 and became a Teaching Assistant in 2009. I really enjoy working in all the classrooms, but especially KS2 where my favourite subjects are Maths and PE.

Holidays in France are something I really look forward to so that I can keep up my language skills and I am a regular visitor to the hills and beaches of North Devon. I’d love to live by the sea one day.

Back at home I like nothing better than a brisk and exhausting Cotswold walk, followed by a log fire and a pub lunch! I am a keen baker and following a bread making course at our local bakery in Tiddington I would like to think that I can turn out a tasty focaccia and my favourite cinnamon buns!

Mrs Carrie Hill

Teaching Assistant

After the birth of my daughter in 2009, I began a second career in childcare. Whilst gaining my qualifications I volunteered within the local children centre supporting young parents and their children alongside family workers and health visitor team before moving into a creche and nursery setting within Stratford.

In 2014, I graduated from Warwick University with a foundation degree in Early Year Studies. I was employed by the Parenting Project based at Badger Valley Children Centre as deputy manager and room lead of Nurture Nursery. In this role, I was SENCO too and had the opportunity of working alongside multi-agencies such as community nurses, hospital play workers and speech and language therapists.

I made the career transition into primary education in 2016 and began my employment with Stratford Primary School. I am based in Year 5 but have the privilege of working across the school with groups of children or individuals to provide interventions to accelerate and consolidate learning.

I am married and have 2 daughters. I would describe myself as a very creative person in my spare time I enjoy all forms of art and needlework. I enjoy being outdoors, whether it be days out or gardening.

Mrs Vic Bean

Teaching Assistant

Before working as a teaching assistant I was a Management Accountant and living near London, but after moving to Stratford upon Avon and having my children I moved into education. I love working with the children at school and watching how much they progress over a year.
I am married and our 3 children keep me pretty busy, but I always find time to read every night. I also enjoy playing netball and going on holidays.

Ms Desai

1:1 Teaching Assistant

Graduating in Journalism and Editorial Design, I moved to Italy and taught English, as a foreign language, to private school children and corporate organisations. I then worked in Public Relations, across various sectors, on B2B and B2C accounts, for national and global agencies. Following the birth of my children, I discovered BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm - an evidence-based early years education course for parents which provides an insight into brain development, psychology and neurology – and trained to become a course teacher. I was then introduced to the erudite relaxation and emotional resilience programme, Relax Kids, and trained to become a coach in 2015.

I began volunteering as a parent reader and helper at Stratford Primary School in 2018, gaining invaluable classroom experience. I was offered the opportunity to facilitate the school’s lunchtime nurture club, which proved to be a great success with the children. Currently, I work as a 1-2-1 teaching assistant and deliver Relax Kids classes to every year group across the school. I also run nurture sessions during the day to support SEND children. It is a privilege to work with the children, both on a 1-2-1 basis and within the Relax Kids sessions, and watching them flourish academically and emotionally. I am passionate about children’s emotional well-being and believe that empowering them with the knowledge and tools that aid emotional regulation, during primary years, will prove immensely beneficial for their future selves.

My spare time is spent with my children. I have also undertaken further studies to develop and support my current roles within the school.

Mrs Jo Mingins

1:1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Mingin's biography can be found under midday supervisors

Mrs Abi Hartley

1:1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hartley's biography can be found under Lunchtime Staff.