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St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School
About Us: Who's Who
Senior Leadership Team
Headteacher - Mrs Victoria Woods
I have been a teacher for 23 years working in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in a wide variety of schools. My passion for learning is rooted in my own education when as a young child I attended a variety of different schools due to my father being in the RAF. This led me to really appreciate and understand the difference teachers and schools can make to a child’s life and when I left University I wanted to be part of making that difference to children myself.
I am incredibly proud to be Headteacher at St Mary's, a position I took up in September 2015 having previously been Headteacher at 2 other Oxfordshire schools and also having spent 5 years working for the Local Authority supporting school facing all sorts of challenges.
The team here at St Mary’s are second to none and work tirelessly to offer our children a rich and varied educational experience, never accepting second best. We have lots of fun and I love celebrating our children's success with them. It is true to say I am lucky enough to have the best job in the world!
Assistant Headteacher / SENCo - Ms Sara Bailey
I have been teaching now for 17 years and am very excited to starting my third year here at St Mary's. I am especially delighted to be part of the learning journey of such wonderfully enthusiastic children!
I share my current role as Assistant Head with my colleague Sarah Di Giorno, and together with Mrs Reeves, we work alongside Mrs Woods on many aspects of school life. My specific responsibilities include coordinating Special Educational Needs across school and I also have a key role in Safeguarding.
St Mary's is a fantastic community to be part of and one of the most enjoyable and rewarding features of my job is getting to know our families and working together to support the learning and development of our pupils.
Assistant Headteacher - Mrs Sarah Di Giorno
I am positive and passionate about my work, leading, inspiring and motivating others to give of their best. I love working in a school where the staff all work together to create stimulating and challenging learning environments to engage and motivate our children. I share the role of Assistant Head with my colleague Sara Bailey. I have responsibility for learning in Phase 3 (y4,5,and 6) as well as leading English across the school. I coordinate RE and I am the SIAMs lead for St Mary's.
It is a privilege to work in a fantastic primary school within the heart of a great community of adults and children alike.
Assistant Headteacher - Mrs Helena Reeves
I have been teaching for over 10 years and started my career at St Mary's Primary School in 2008. I absolutely love teaching in Key Stage 1 where most of my experience is, helping children to be successful and independent and being part of their learning journey. I really enjoy working at St Mary's School, being part of such an incredible team of staff makes such a difference. Looking forward to a new challenge, working with Year 4 and the rest of the Key Stage 2 before going on maternity leave before Christmas.
I have had a number of different leadership roles within the school, currently I am one of the Assistant Heads who leads on assessment and data throughout the whole school. I have also led Phonics and Maths through the whole school. I am really passionate about getting children to work alongside the older generation. While I was training as a teacher at University, I worked as a care assistant in a Nursing Home. Last year we began making links with Highmarket House and it would be great if the school continues and develops this work.
School Business Manager – Mrs Tracy Cox

Class Teachers
Fledgling Class (EYFS) - Mrs Kate Finch & Miss Charlotte Brooks
Kingfisher Class (Y1) - Miss Kelly Bullard
Robin Class (Y2) - Mrs Carla Thom & Mrs Kate Finch
Hawks Class (Y3/4) - Mrs Sarah Di Giorno
Falcons Class (Y4/5) - Miss Grace Regan & Miss Shaida Hussain
Eagles Class (Y5/6) - Mrs Teri Smith

Teaching Assistants
Miss Lindy Gascoigne: Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Azra Ahmed
Mrs Yasmine Ahmed
Mrs Ruth Anker
Mrs Paula Garcia
Mrs Melissa Sturgeon
Mrs Jenna Thompson
Mrs Sarah Thornhill
Miss Cara Turvey
Mrs Annette Worboyes

Home School Community Link Work

Mr John Tolmie

Mrs Michelle Shrimpton & Mrs Yasmine Bibi

Cooks on behalf of 'The School Lunch Company'
Mrs Lorraine Stickley & Mrs Rosibell Pereria

Music Teacher on behalf of Oxfordshire County Music Service
Mr Mark Probert

Sports Coach on behalf of 'Club Energy'
Mr John Dennis

SkillForce Instructor on behalf of 'SkillForce'
Mr Paul Winn

Designated Safeguarding Leads
The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSLs) is the first point of contact for any member of the school staff or parent community who has a concern about the safety and well-being of a pupil.
We have 3 DSLs and they are:
  • Mrs Woods - Headteacher
  • Miss Bailey - Assistant Head / SENCo
  • Mrs Finch - EYFS Lead / Nursery Teacher
These members of staff undergo specific DSL training every 2 years in addition to other training related to safeguarding.

St. Mary's Church of England (VC) Primary School      Southam Road      Banbury      OX16 2EG
Headteacher: Victoria Woods
Tel/Fax: 01295 263026               Email