Staff

Our small class sizes, currently averaging 10 children per class, mean that pupils receive one-to-one attention and the highest standards of education. We have no mixed years classes and all pupils are taught by some of the best teaching talent around. We build self-esteem and independence and deliver academic excellence.  We prepare our pupils, girls and boys aged between 3-11, for a successful future in their first-choice secondary school, whether that’s in the independent secondary school or state secondary school sector. Over the last 21 years all pupils have passed their senior school entry examination and attended their first-choice secondary school.

To achieve this excellence, we employ some of the best teachers available. All our teachers, and support staff, are highly qualified,  highly experienced and tuned in delivery the best for our pupils . Their role is to educate, inspire and support. They set the standard.

Exceptional teachers

Many of the teachers at Windrush Valley School have been with us for several years. This provides continuity, stability and a wealth of experience. The school has received an award for Excellence by the Independent Schools Association. This recognition is testimony to our commitment to delivering outstanding education and the calibre of our teaching and support staff. We challenge ourselves constantly to be the best we can for the benefit of all our pupils.

Unrivalled pastoral support

Our pastoral support is nurturing, highly supportive and recognises that every one of our pupils is an individual, with individual needs and requirements. We create a safe and positive environment so that all our children thrive and improve their social, emotional and behavioural skills. Our pastoral support programme means that every child is safe, secure and happy.

Where required, the Headteacher personally co-ordinates all activities for children with additional learning needs.

Headteacher

Mrs Douglas  BA(Hons) QTS

Teachers

Mr William Hone Year 6 teacher Head of Academic Studies and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

After completing a History and Music degree, Mr Hone taught English as a foreign language and worked for an adventure travel company leading tours all over the world to such diverse destinations as Alaska, Iran and Madagascar.  He then studied for his PGCE at Westminster College of Education (Oxford Brooks University) and gained his first teaching post at an Ofsted Outstanding maintained school which regularly topped the national league tables.

Mrs Katy Lockyer – BA (Hons) Primary Ed

Mrs Lockyer has been working at Windrush Valley School for nearly 10 years now. She has a first-class university degree in Primary Education and English. Mrs Lockyer currently teaches Year 3. She has a passion towards science and conservation and has helped develop the new outdoor learning area along with a new science curriculum.

In addition, Mrs Lockyer is a keen horsewoman and has a strong interest in animal welfare and care.

Lucy Maudsley – Year 4 teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and Head of Pastoral Care

Mrs Maudsley is the Head of Pastoral Care, Designated Safeguard Lead and current Year 4 Class teacher. She graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a BEd(Hons) degree specialising in Science and English. Mrs Maudsley joined Windrush Valley School in 2012 and prior to this taught in a number of outstanding independent schools in both Key Stage 1 and 2.

Mrs Maudsley has a keen interest in the pastoral aspect of school life and is responsible for the planning and delivery of the PSHE curriculum in KS2. She is an active member of the school’s PE department and is fully involved in all areas of extra-curricular life at the school.

Mrs McGurk  BA (Hons) QTS (Designated Safeguarding Lead, EYFS Lead)

Mrs McGurk joined Windrush Valley School as Foundation Leader in 2013 following four successful years as a reception class teacher in a leading London Preparatory school.  She has a keen interest in Music and Sport to enhance the curriculum for FU stage pupils.

Miss Shirley  BTec (National Certificate in Childhood Studies)

Miss Shirley helped develop the current highly successful Foundation Unit and Phonics Programme.  She now teaches Year 2 with additional responsibility as the Foundation Unit and Pre-Preparatory reading manager.  Miss Shirley also runs the ever popular our Early Morning Care provision.

Trudie Barber – Year 3

Ms Barber has been teaching for nineteen years.  She has spent the last sixteen years enjoying and helping children learn and grow at Dormer House School in Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire.  She is a highly regarded and experienced teacher of children between Reception and Year Three.  Ms Barber went to Winchester University where she gained a first-class teaching degree with a Science focus and teaches this subject with our Year Three class.

Emma Sandiford – Year 3

Ms Sandiford is a highly regarded and experienced Teacher. She has been teaching for twenty-six years.  Her teaching career includes six years at Monkton Combe School in Bath, where she taught Year One and Reception.  Ms Sandiford then went on to spend twenty years teaching at Dormer House School in Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire, where she taught every age group in Key Stages.

Luke Cooper – Sports Coach

Mr Cooper is a qualified School Sports, PE Coach & Academy Football Coach (NVQ Diploma in the Delivery of Physical Education and Schools Sport) specialising in Football with industry recognised FA Level 3 & UEFA qualifications (FA Youth Award & UEFA B licenced coach). Over 3 years of ‘in school’ experience with delivery of PE to children aged 4 – 11 & 2 years experience working in an Independent School PE Department delivering coaching sessions to students of age range 4 – 18. Other qualifications include FA Primary & Secondary Teachers Award & currently studying ‘BSc Coaching Football for Development in Children’ through Open University.

Mrs Samantha Nunan – EYFS Lead Teacher

Mrs Nunan is a highly experienced The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) teacher. Now in her fiftieth year of teaching, she has taught in the UK and South Africa and delivers creativity, inspiration and learning to our younger pupils, setting them on the road to academic excellence.

Zenna Nowell BEd(hons) First Class

Mrs Nowell has a breadth of experience teaching across the primary school age range. A love of geography resulted in her studying this subject to degree level. She also has a keen interest in science and art, promoting an active, practical and questioning approach to learning. Having grown up on a farm, she has a strong interest in the countryside and equine pursuits. Mrs Nowell is currently responsible for Year 5 and organises competitive school sports events throughout the school.

TEACHING SUPPORT STAFF

Mrs Hickman (NNEB)

Mrs Hickman has many years experience in childcare and nursery settings and works exclusively within the highly regarded Foundation Unit.  She also runs the ever popular After School Club for all ages.  Mrs Hickman has a strong interest in wildlife and conservation topics.

Mrs Brainin BA (Psychology), Teaching Assistant – French and Latin teacher

Mrs. Dany Brainin Child Psychology (BA) Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Hons). Mrs Brainin has been teaching at Windrush Valley since 2009.  With years of experience in Canada, Mrs. Brainin has brought an array of teaching skills to the pre-preparatory program at the school. Her fluency in French has given her the opportunity to develop and grow the French program for years 1-6. Capitalising on her interest in languages, Mrs. Brainin embraces the new opportunity of engaging students as they explore the world of Latin.

Mrs Victoria Taylor PGC SEN (SENCo)

Mrs Taylor began working at Windrush Valley School  in 2009, and developed the Special Educational Needs provision throughout the school; recognised in 2015 as Outstanding by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Mrs Taylor qualified with The British Dyslexia Association (Level 3: Dyslexia and Co-occurring Conditions), Dyslexia Action (Level 5: Curriculum Wide Support for Learners with Dyslexia) and University of Gloucester (Level 7: Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs.). Mrs Taylor continues to develop her knowledge, skills and practice, as a member of several professional SENCo forums and ongoing SEND training.

As well as school SENCo, she is a passionate member of the school sports team and Admissions team.

ADMINISTRATION

Mrs Hawtin

As manager of the front desk, Mrs Hawtin is the hub of the school’s organisation and information service.  She is the first responder to all queries raised by current and prospective parents and successfully manages the near-impossible task of knowing everything about the school and how it works.

Victoria Barron

Mrs Barron Joined Windrush Valley School in September 2019 as the new School Business Manager, having spent the previous five and a half years in a Local Authority maintained primary school.  Mrs Barron’s primary role is to manage all the financial elements of the school.

PERIPATETIC MUSIC TEACHERS

Mrs Katrina Lovell-Meade (Brass)

Mrs Pauline Carter (Piano)