Senior Leadership Team
Mrs Gill Humphriss
I have been in education since 1993 when I started out as a teaching assistant working for Service Children's Education in Belgium. Over the years I completed my degree in English and Music with The Open University and have worked in a variety of schools in Germany, Dorset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. teaching all year groups. I quickly moved into leadership and this is my 3rd headship. I am an extremely positive person and instil 'can do' attitudes in the children under my care. I want the children to have fun and look back on their primary education remembering all the good times. I encourage my staff to research different ways they can improve educational experiences for children and have completed a post graduate certificate in educational research myself; focusing on mathematical learning and behaviour management.
I am married with one son who is a chef. My husband is an electronics engineer. I love animals and have 2 west highland terriers, chickens, quails, guinea pigs and fish. In my spare time I enjoy tracing my family history, writing (particularly plays for schools), listening to music, visiting new places and gardening. I am also a huge Strictly fan and love to dance. I have been known to break into a waltz or a Charleston in assembly.
Miss Tabitha Bradburn
SENCO & SLT
I have been a teacher at Stratford Primary School since graduating from Warwick University and have taught in Year 2 through to Year 6. My favourite subject has always been maths and I love teaching it, supporting children in their understanding of number and generating an excitement about what numbers can do and links between them. It was this enjoyment that led me to do my masters in mathematics education, whilst being subject co-ordinator within school, which also drove me to become a ‘leading maths teacher’ for the county.
I have also been the music subject leader for many of my teaching years. My main passion outside of school is musical theatre, so I have relished the creation and success of the annual Music Soirees, which provide opportunities for all pupils to perform music to an appreciative audience.
As part of the Senior Leadership Team I have the opportunity to contribute to sustained improvements in school, and witnessing the effect of these developments and the positive impact on pupils makes my role incredibly rewarding. 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 in to train staff and work with pupils in our school. It is a really special role as I have the privilege of working with children across the school to enhance their access to learning. I welcome meetings with parents and carers since the unique insight and experience they have is vital in planning effective provision for their children.
My home life is filled with the entertainment of my daughter, which leaves me with very little spare time! I still find any and every opportunity to sing though, and am the chair of my local musical theatre society, who perform once a year at the Royal Spa Centre.
Mrs K Abernethy
After graduating from the University of Warwick with a joint honours degree in Philosophy and Psychology, I took some time to travel around the world. It was during this time that I had the pleasure to teach in a school in Fiji which confirmed to me that I wanted to be a teacher. Since getting my teaching qualification, I have taught across the primary year groups in different locations including London, Solihull and Shanghai. I am a creative and imaginative individual and thoroughly enjoy using stories, poetry and art to capture the children’s interest and push their learning further. I look forward to developing the English curriculum at Stratford Primary and supporting staff in delivering outstanding lessons where children can thrive, enjoy and be proud of their learning.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I always need a project to be working on and can often be found busying myself behind my sewing machine or with a paintbrush in my hand. I also enjoy keeping fit through calisthenics, dance, pilates and taking part in outdoor assault courses such as the Wolf Run.