Miss Lisa Blake
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.
Mrs Vic Bean
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.
Mrs Jules Beadon
I have lived in Stratford since 2003 when I moved here with my husband and daughter Molly. I started at Broad Street as a volunteer when Molly started Reception in 2005 and then later became a teaching assistant.
I have a BA in Social Policy and Administration from Exeter University and the Certificate and Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign language. I have 12 years’ experience as a TEFL teacher - in Spain, Hong Kong (working for the British Army teaching English to Gurkhas) and Oxford. Prior to this I had a variety of jobs in London and spent a year travelling in Australia and SE Asia.
I enjoy reading and started a book group when I moved here, which is still thriving. I also enjoy walking my dog on the Welcombe Hills.
Miss C Rushton
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 Tracey Parton
1:1 Teaching Assistant
After being in retail management for many years I decided to go back to university and improve my skills in training and developing people. Whilst at university I decided to change career paths and completed a BA Hons degree in Education Studies with Sports Studies.
I have been working in education since 2011 and been lucky enough to work with some amazing people along the way. During 2016 I broadened my skills whilst working as a teaching assistant supporting SEN children with hearing impairments. I underwent training in Behaviours that Challenge 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 went on to complete a PG Cert in Teaching and Learning and continued to support educational research projects carried out at Newman University.
I later decided to train as a secondary science teacher. I deferred part of the course to take time out with my three children and realised that my passion was in primary education. 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 be able to work and teach across the whole school. In October 2019 I moved to Stratford Primary to work as a 1.1 Teaching Assistant.
I have 2 daughters at university and 1 son. I don’t really have much spare time as I have a small business to run on the weekends and have been working on my final research submission for my Master’s in Education. Although time is limited, I do enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies and visiting spas monthly. I also have a gym membership which I visit regularly according to my bank statement!
Mrs Thea Davies
1:1 Teaching Assistant
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 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 Carrie Hill
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 C Euinton
Teaching & SENCO 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!
Ms Honey Desai
1:1 Teaching Assistant
Ms Desai's biography can be found under midday supervisors.
Ms Desai also leads on Relax kids in school and ensures that well-being of all is at the heart of our school.
Mrs Jo Mingins
1:1 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Mingin's biography can be found under midday supervisors