Message from our Headteacher - Mrs Thackray

Inspire – Believe - Achieve

Welcome to Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy from the Head Teacher - Mrs Thackray and a warm welcome to Ms Speller our new Head of School

Welcome to Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy. We are a small Primary Academy set on the borders of rural Essex. A one form entry village school that has served the community of Stapleford Abbotts since 1887. We also have a preschool that is on our site, so our children join us at three years old.

Our children are polite, respectful and have a high regard for being a part of a truly amazing little school.

The staff are dynamic, highly motivated, and committed in working as an exceptional team of professional teachers and support staff. The school’s morals and values are set in our vison of ‘Inspire, Believe and Achieve’. We offer a curriculum that educates and nurtures each child, enabling them to achieve high standards of academic attainment whilst also enabling them to become capable, caring and confident learners, ready to take their next step in the journey to adulthood.

Your child is important to us and they will be treated as individuals. Our passion is learning; and we and our staff will inspire your child with this same passion. Learning will be active and engaging, they will be motivated, stretched and challenged because we want them to achieve their very best. We want your child to be in a school that is a happy one and where everyone is valued for what they bring to it.

This year we have a new Head of school Emma Speller and she has provided for you a brief statement to allow you to get to know her.

Throughout my 22 years in Primary Education, I have had the privilege to teach and lead in a variety of settings including Infant and Junior schools across Essex. Five years ago, I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in a small Primary school and progressed to Deputy Headteacher a few years later in a large three form entry Infant school. My passion is English which I have successfully led for over 15 years with my driving force always being to inspire children to unlock the wonders books have to offer, sparking imaginations and encouraging young writers to write with enjoyment. To hear a child express their enthusiasm about a book they have read is music to my ears! My philosophy is to have an 'open mind and open door' with the people I work with, children and families, with communication and fairness being at the heart of a successful school community.

I have two teenage children, a very energetic working cocker spaniel called Milo and a perfect weekend for our family is to paddleboard along the beautiful waterways of Essex, soaking up the scenery and trying to avoid swans!

I am delighted to be joining the talented, professional team at Stapleford Abbotts Primary school as Head of school and hugely look forward to meeting the children and families that make our small school so special. My role is to job share with Mrs Thackray on a Thursday and Friday, lead Curriculum Development and Achievement, drive forward Academic Progress and attainment at ks2 and lead Mathematics as we embark on a mastery approach for 2020.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our new website

Mrs Kim Thackray Headteacher

Ms Speller Head of School

School News

Children in Need 2020

To support Children in Need all the children have dressed up in yellow or spotty clothes. Thank you all very much for your donations, we have raised £116.30 and the children have had lots of fun making Pudsey hats, splash painting, drawing and painting pictures of Pudsey.

Welcome back to school - September

The children of Stapleford Abbotts have settled back to a new kind of normal this September, post Lockdown. Classrooms look a little bit more formal due to social distancing measures and some soft furniture has been taken away, temporarily we hope! Children have had to learn new routines but all have taken it in their stride and adapted superbly. Drop off and pick up times are different which has taken a little bit of time to get used to however the children have come back with big smiles and shiny new shoes. Well done, children.

World Book Day March 2020 at Stapleford Abbotts Primary School

Thank you to everyone who dressed up and donated money for our reading library.

The children had lots of fun in their classes, reading for pleasure throughout the day, making up stories from their class story boxes and acting out scenes from their favourite books. Hollie in Reception said that she loved dancing and singing with the instruments to the Disney songs.

Bernie, in year 5/6 who is a reading ambassador explained that in our new reading library we now have so many different types of books and that he loves the reading clubs every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime.

Garden project

Miss King and Miss Phillips have been renovating the old school garden trugs with the children this week. They have removed all of the old plants, refreshed the soil and painted them, ready for summer planting. We are planning to put flowers, vegetables and herbs in the trugs. Watch this space!

Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy

Stapleford Road

Stapleford Abbotts



Tel: 01708 688207