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.
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.
Mrs Douglas BA(Hons) QTS
Mr William Hone BA (Hons) PGCE, (Head of Academic Studies)
Mr Hone joined WVS from a very successful maintained primary school in September 2016. He is a widely experienced primary teacher currently responsible for Year 6. He has a keen interest in music and plays in a well-known local jazz band.
Mrs Katy Lockyer BA CertEd
Mrs Lockyer is a well-established member of the school, currently responsible for Year 3. She is also an integral member of the whole school PE team and is heavily involved in developing the school’s conservation project. Mrs Lockyer is a keen horsewoman and has a strong interest in animal welfare and care.
Mrs Maudsley BA(Ed) QTS (Head of Pastoral Care)
Mrs Maudsley joined Windrush Valley School in 2012, bringing with her a strong interest and skill in both PE and Art, and is a member of the whole school PE team. Mrs Maudsley currently teaches Year 4 within the Preparatory department of 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 Form 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.
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)
Mrs Brainin has been teaching at Windrush Valley since 2009. With her degree in Child Psychology and previous extensive experience in Canada, Mrs Brainin brings a wealth of experience to the school’s pre-preparatory department.
Mrs Taylor PGC (SEN) BDA
Mrs Taylor is a highly qualified Dyslexia specialist, and runs the SEN support programme throughout the school.
She is also an integral part of the PE team and responsible for competitive school sport throughout the school
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.
PERIPATETIC MUSIC TEACHERS
Mrs Katrina Lovell-Meade (Brass)
Mrs Pauline Carter (Piano)