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

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How to find us

Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy

Stapleford Road

Stapleford Abbotts



Tel: 01708 688207