Our small class sizes, currently averaging 12 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.
To achieve this excellence all our teachers and support staff are highly qualified, highly experienced and trained to deliver the best for our pupils . Their role is to educate, inspire and support. They set the standard.
Many of the teachers at Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire 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
As Headteacher and leader of Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire, Mrs Douglas has the responsibility for ensuring the school continues to deliver the highest standards of academic and behavioural excellence. Mrs Douglas’ primary focus is to ensure every pupil at the school is given the best possible start.
Mr Hone – Head of Academic Studies; Year 6 Teacher
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 Nowell BEd(Hons) First Class, Year 5 Teacher
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.
Mrs Maudsley – Assistant Headteacher, Head of Pastoral Care, Year 4 teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Mrs Maudsley is the Assistant Headteacher, 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 Sandiford – Year 3 Teacher
Mrs 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. Mrs 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.
Miss Shirley BTec (National Certificate in Childhood Studies) – Year 2 Teacher
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.
Mrs Lockyer – BA (Hons) Primary Ed, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) and Nominated Early Years Safeguarding Lead – Year 1 Teacher
Mrs Lockyer has been working at Windrush Valley School for nearly 11 years now. She has a first-class university degree in Primary Education and English. Mrs Lockyer currently teaches Year 1. 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.
Mrs Mitchell – Reception Class Teacher
Mrs Mitchell gained a BA (Hons) in Primary Education from Canterbury Christchurch University. Since graduating she has taught in an outstanding school in Croydon and spent seven years teaching at Croydon High for Girls for the Girls Day School Trust. In this time, she was fortunate to teach Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. It was at Croydon High where her passion for teaching Early Years developed when she took on the role as Early Years Lead. Since relocating back to the Cotswolds with her young family, Mrs Mitchell enjoyed teaching at a local preparatory school before joining Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire in September 2021.
Mrs McGurk- BA (Hons) Primary Ed – Nursery Class Teacher
Mrs McGurk gained a BA Hons in Primary Education specialising in Early childhood development from Roehampton University. From there she worked at the prestigious Hill House Independent Preparatory School in Sloan Square and has been working with us since 2013. She is currently teaching in the Nursery. She has two young children at home which keep her on her toes. She enjoys keeping active and has now run a couple of half marathons.
Teaching support staff
Mrs Hickman (NNEB) Teaching Support
Mrs Hickman has many years experience in childcare and nursery settings and works exclusively within the highly regarded Foundation Unit. She 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 Brainin Child Psychology (BA) Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Hons). Mrs Brainin has been teaching at Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire 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 Taylor PGC SEN (SENCo)
Mrs Taylor began working at Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire 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. Mrs Taylor is a passionate member of the school sports team with responsibility for organising competitive school sports events throughout the year.
Mrs Barron – School Business Manager
Mrs Barron Joined Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire School in September 2019 as the School Business Manager, having spent the previous five and a half years in a Local Authority maintained primary school. Mrs Barron’s role is to manage all the non-curriculum elements of the school: finance, health and safety and premises management.
Mrs PA to the Headteacher – Mrs Burrough
As PA to the Headteacher, Mrs Burrough assists in organising internal and external meetings as well administrative duties.