Mrs Anna Slater
Reception Class Teacher/English lead/SLT
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.
Miss Georgina White
Year 1 Class Teacher
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.
Miss C Postlethwaite
Year 2 Class Teacher
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.
Mr Toby Edwards
Year 3 Class Teacher
I am very excited to be teaching Year 3 at Stratford in my first teaching post since graduating. I graduated from Coventry University in Marketing before heading to the University of Worcester to train for a PGCE with a Maths specialism. I have been lucky enough to teach all seven primary school year groups across my training and first year of teaching and have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences so far. I am passionate about making the classroom creative and hands-on with a focus on positivity to motivate and create a happy learning environment.
Before I was a teacher I had many different jobs, but I have a wealth of experience in theatre - working on-stage and backstage, as well as in education and office-based roles. I regularly visit the theatre and perform in shows in my spare time. Outside of theatre, I enjoy exercising, gaining new experiences, going on adventures, getting stuck into a TV series or film and listening to a wide variety of music!
Ms J Ingate
Year 4 Class Teacher/Science lead
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.
Mrs T Parton
Year 5 Class Teacher
I have been working in education since 2011 and been lucky enough to work with some remarkable people along the way. I gained my BA Honours Degree in Education and Sports Studies in 2014. The Education side of my degree 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, this giving me more knowledge of perspectives and approaches to use in the classroom.
During 2016 I broadened my skills supporting SEN children with hearing impairments. I underwent training in Behaviours that Challenge, Children’s Mental Health and Understanding Autism. Working daily with SEN children and teaching in years 5 and 6 made me eager to develop my skills further. I then completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and continued training to gain a PGCE at Warwick University.
For a few months, I worked as a cover supervisor at local secondary schools teaching Biology, Physics and Chemistry before securing a place at a village primary school and was lucky enough to work and teach across the whole school. In October 2019 I moved to Stratford Primary.
I have two daughters at university and a 14-Year-old son. Although time is limited, I do enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies and visiting spas monthly.
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!