Miss Olivia Hancox-Hitchens
Reception class teacher
Miss Tracey Parton
Year 1 Class Teacher/ SENDCO/SLT/Deputy DSL/Computing Lead
Having a sibling with SEN has driven my passion to support children with additional educational needs. During 2016 I broadened my skills by supporting children with hearing impairments. I then researched and completed courses and training in Behaviours that Challenge, Children’s Mental Health, Understanding Autism and more previously Specific Learning Difficulties and Attachment and Trauma.
My degree in Education has enabled me to study in-depth child development. Researching and applying psychological theory has enabled me to support individual differences in children's needs, thus giving me more knowledge of perspectives and approaches to use in the classroom.
As SENDCo, I am responsible for collaborating with teachers, teaching assistants, and parents to support children who may have additional or different educational needs and disabilities to the rest of their peer group. I also work with many outside professionals for example Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Educational Psychologists, who come into train staff and work with pupils in our school. It is a special role as I have the privilege of working with children across the school to enhance their access to learning.
As part of the Senior Leadership Team, I have the opportunity to contribute to sustained improvements in school and witnessing the impact of these developments and the positive impact on pupils makes my role incredibly rewarding. I love teaching in class 4 days a week as it keeps me grounded and up to date with new learning pedagogies. STEM has always been one of my favourite subjects to teach! The children keep me motivated and entertained - they have a great sense of humour and are great fun!
My family are my world and I enjoy spending time with them. My 24 ,21 and 16-year-old keep me proactive and although time is limited, I do enjoy watching movies, reading books, and taking Lola, my Chihuahua, for long walks.
Mrs Charlie Rushton
Year 1 Class Teacher/Music Lead
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!
Miss Georgina White
Year 2 Class Teacher/SLT/Deputy DSL/Art & DT Lead
I started working as a teacher in a Year One class after graduating from Bath Spa University in 2015. After completing my NQT year I took time out to travel around the world and to teach in an orphanage in Cambodia. I enjoy experiencing new places and pushing myself to overcome my fears. This has led me to try skydiving, swimming on the edge of Victoria Falls and diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum and strive to allow children to express their imaginations and creativity in all subjects. In my spare time I like to cycle to relax and enjoy baking cakes.
Mrs Anna Slater
Year 3 Class Teacher/English lead/SLT/Deputy DSL/RE Lead
After qualifying from the University of Warwick twenty years ago, I started my teaching career in South London, going on to teach in Birmingham and Stratford-Upon-Avon. More recently, I have been teaching in village schools and am relishing the prospect of returning to work in Stratford-Upon-Avon, with the wealth of culture and opportunities it affords for children to thrive. I have taught across the primary range and love to explore creative and practical ways to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of learning. Outdoor learning is a passion of mine and I am lucky enough to have qualified as a Forest School Leader, it is such a pleasure to watch children develop an appreciation of nature and the world around them, in all weathers. As Alfred Wainwright said, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!
In my spare time, I love nothing more than to spend quality time with my family – my husband, two children and two very lively cocker spaniels! We spend a lot of time climbing and the children compete in various competitions around the country. For our sins, we also support West Bromwich Albion football club and try to take in as many home games as possible – sadly, often ending in disappointment! I also love to read and will usually be involved in a box set or two to unwind in the evenings.
Mrs Lara Standen
Year 4 Teacher
Mrs Jo Rossborough
Year 4 Class Teacher/Science lead (currently absent)
I have been working in the education since 2009 across Key Stages 1-4 in various Gloucestershire schools and my career has progressed quickly from my starting point of Teaching Assistant to my current position of Senior Leader. I joined Stratford Primary School in November 2016. I have degrees in both Primary Education and also Special Education and Inclusion Management. I have an interest in children’s behaviour management and relish the challenges that this particular area of teaching brings on a daily basis. Whilst living in Canada I also had the opportunity to work in an Elementary School in Niagara Falls and also became the Head of Governors which was incredibly fulfilling. I believe that communication and mutual respect between teachers, class children and their parents is vital for happy and successful relationship. I am always very vocal about wanting my children to be “tired but happy” when they leave me at the end of the school day.
I have two teenage children who, along with my scruffy terrier keep me very busy at home. My interest lies in Central Korean Martial Arts and I attend classes every week and particularly enjoy attending various weekend seminars throughout the year working to graduate through the grading belts. I have also been known to get very competitive when Geocaching with friends and family! However I usually tend to walk more sedately when out with our dog and also when attending the Winchcombe walkers’ festival every summer. I absolutely love to read books in particular historical novels involving the Tudor Dynasty and love travelling to new places and meeting new people.
Miss Claire Postlethwaite
Year 5 Class Teacher/PE & Humanities Lead
I graduated from Gloucestershire University in 2018. Since then I have been working as a Year 1 teacher in a school in Banbury. I was the PE lead for KS1 and thoroughly enjoyed oragnising and attending a range of sporting events within the school and with other primary schools in our cluster. I enjoy teaching all parts of the curriculum and am passionate about helping children develop a positive growth mind set. I always encourage children to believe in themselves, try new things and celebrate their own and each other successes however big or small they may seem.
In my spare time I like to be active and enjoy going on walks, bike rides, dancing and doing exercise classes. I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family, travelling to see or try new things and going on adventures. I also love to relax with a good book and a cup of tea at the end of the day or by watching a film or new series on TV.
Mrs Sarah McCormack
Year 6 Class Teacher/Maths lead/SLT
Since graduating from Manchester University, with a degree in History, and completing a PGCE at Swansea University, in 1993, I have taught in schools in London and Worcestershire, before joining Stratford Primary School in September 2015.
Although relatively new to Stratford Primary as a teacher, I have been a parent of the school since 2006, when the first of my three children started in reception. My third child, who I was lucky enough to teach in Year 6, left in July 2017. I feel privileged to be part of the team in such a wonderful school, which has provided all three of my children with a fantastic start in their educational life, ensuring they are happy, enthusiastic and successful learners, well-equipped for the next steps in their education. This sums up my philosophy as a teacher as I, in turn, strive to provide the same for all the children I teach, ensuring that they have fun whilst learning.
I enjoy teaching all subjects, but I especially love Maths and History. Over the years, I have been involved in many Year 5 and 6 productions and I’m very much looking forward to our summer extravaganza at The Arts House! I lead on mathematics in the school.
With my 3 children, 2 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs (not forgetting my wonderful husband!) and busy working life, I have little spare time but do enjoy travelling, walking, camping and being by the sea. I also love reading; enjoy cooking new vegetarian and vegan recipes with my children; and have to admit to being both a massive Star Wars and West Ham fan!