Governors at Stratford Primary
Mrs Karen Kennedy
Chair of Governors
Biography coming soon!
Mrs Louise Thomas
I am a Warwick University English graduate and have spent 35 years teaching and advising in Coventry and Warwickshire schools at both primary and secondary levels. I specialised in English as an Additional Language and Race Equality in education and also had experience as a secondary deputy SENDco. I have had the privilege of supporting children and their families from all over the world; working alongside and providing training for wonderful teachers committed to welcoming these children into their school communities and celebrating the cultural diversity they bring. More recently, since “official” retirement, I have worked as an initial teacher educator at Warwick University School of Education as well as providing supply cover for the Coventry Speech and Language Service.
I have lived in this community for over 30 years bringing up two daughters who gained an excellent start to their educational achievement at Stratford Primary to become enthusiastic and successful learners – now both are also teachers. I remain passionate about education and feel I have the time to give something back to the school where my children were so happy. I am excited about providing support to the staff, children and parents of this school in any way I can.
Any spare time I have is taken up with keeping fit – I attend dance and fitness classes as well as walking and cycling with my husband at home and abroad. I love attending ballet and modern dance in performance, classical music and rock concerts – Bruce Springsteen in particular(!) as well as theatre and cinema. I am also a keen gardener and enjoy visiting gardens all over the country.
Mrs Jacqui O'Hanlon
JACQUI O’HANLON Director of Education Royal Shakespeare Company
Jacqui joined the RSC in 2003 and has been Director of Education since 2008. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Education Department and a member of the RSC’s senior management team. During her time at the RSC she has launched Stand Up for Shakespeare, a manifesto for Shakespeare in schools which calls for children and young people to See It live; Start it Earlier and Do Shakespeare on their feet. Jacqui also established the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network, initiated the company’s Schools’ Broadcast series which has reached 150,000 young people to date and its new national partnership programme, Associate Schools. She developed and edited the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers, which has been distributed to every state-maintained primary and secondary school in England and brings the work of RSC rehearsal rooms to life in classrooms around the country. She leads on developing major education partnerships nationally and internationally with broadcasters, universities and theatres. Most recently Jacqui has been editing the RSC’s new Schools Shakespeare series with Oxford University Press.
Mrs Stephanie Ferries
I have spent the majority of my career in banking, undertaking roles in strategy and planning, project management, risk and corporate finance.
I became a community governor at Stratford Primary hoping to apply the business and finance skills I had acquired over the years to benefit my local school.
I have always been interested in Education and I valued being able to contribute to something so worthwhile. I left my corporate career after 12 years at Barclays and became the Business Manager of a Federation of schools in Warwick. I am now the Business Manager and part of the leadership team at Bridgetown Primary school.
I love the diversity, enthusiasm and unpredictability of working in a primary school and my role enables me to be involved in all aspects of school life.
I have two boys at Stratford Primary and my favourite thing is family time outside in the sunshine!
Mrs Claire Cookson
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of DFN Foundation and experienced senior leader in education. I have a strong background in collaborating with businesses, educators and Local Authorities to develop employability outcomes for learners with special educational needs and disabilities. Advising Local Authorities and sitting on different Pacesetter groups within the Department for Education, I consult around curriculum design, Accessible Apprenticeships and Supported Internships. I have a strong background in safeguarding, formally the Designated Safeguarding Lead of a large Specialist School. I am delighted to be a community governor at Stratford upon Avon Primary School, supporting the development of best practice to ensure innovative and aspirational opportunities for the whole school community.
Mrs Vanessa Chandler
Hi, my name is Vanessa Chandler and I was appointed as a Community Governor in the Spring of 2021. My son attends Stratford Primary and is currently in Year 4.
Through working in primary schools as a primary school teacher, I recognise the importance of providing a safe, caring, supportive and effective environment that brings opportunities for each child to make those essential steps in life. Working in schools has enabled me to recognise how important it is that the children of Stratford Primary leave equipped with the knowledge, skills and moral foundations to enable them to achieve and succeed in later life. I hope to utilise my skills and experience in education and working with parents and the community to support Mrs Humphriss, the Governing body and the staff in fulfilling our aspirations for the future of Stratford Primary.
Mr James Hayton
Biography coming soon!
Mr Steven Lord
I am delighted to support the school in the position of Parent Governor. As a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, I am particularly interested in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) capability. I hope that my strengths in problem solving, promoting continuous improvement will assist the school to be the best it can be.
Mrs L Withers
See Staff Profile under Leadership
Mrs G Humphriss
Executive Head Teacher
See Staff Profile under Senior Leadership Team
Mrs Humphriss sits in attendance of the School Standards Committee