Miss Anna Cowcher
Reception Class Teacher (Hedgehogs), English lead and deputy designated safeguarding email@example.com
Anna comes to Heathcote Primary School with a wealth of experience from a wide variety of settings, from small village schools to a large inner city primary. This broad range allows Anna to help us shape Heathcote into the centre of excellence we intend to be.
Miss Laura Baggley
Reception Class Teacher (Butterflies)
After graduating in 2009 from Nottingham Trent University, with a Ba Honours in Childhood Studies, I embarked upon a PGCE in order to achieve my lifelong ambition of becoming a primary school teacher. During my 4 years at university, I had the opportunity to spend time in a wide range of educational settings, including a hospital school, main stream primary and secondary schools, a specialist school for children with autism and an international school in Hong Kong. Once I qualified as a teacher, I spent 5 years at a large primary school in Nottinghamshire. During my time at this school, I worked with children from a variety of backgrounds and thrived on the opportunity to provide not only an excellent education, but also offer the children opportunities to take part in activities, which would create magical memories. The achievement of taking 30 year 3 and 4 children to Disneyland Paris will be a fond memory which remains with me for life. In August 2018, I relocated from my home city of Derby to live with my boyfriend in Leamington Spa. It was in the September of 2018 that I had the privilege of joining Heathcote Primary school. I strive to offer a warm and welcoming classroom, and encourage all children to exceed their potential through exciting and inspirational learning activities.
In my spare time I enjoy visiting family in Derby and Hong Kong, spending time with friends, shopping and planning holidays to faraway places.
Mrs Cassie Shirley
Year One Class Teacher (Kingfishers)/SLT
I graduated with an Open University degree in Criminology and Social Policies in 2012. I’ve worked with young people for around 11 years. I have both volunteered and worked within a vast range of settings from nurseries to the Youth Justice Service. In 2014 I decided to take the plunge and gain a teaching qualification and I’m now into my 5th year of teaching. I am passionate about making learning fun and accessible for all children. I believe in the power of relationships and the importance in building mutual respect both in and out of the classroom. I look forward to being part of the future development of Heathcote Primary School.
I am married with 3 teenage children, all currently studying towards gaining GCSEs. I enjoy keeping fit, taking part in a range of classes from HIIT to Clubbercise. I love to hike particularly in secluded areas, one of my most loved walks being Janet’s Foss and Malam Cove in the Yorkshire Dales.
Miss Olivia Newcombe
Year One Class Teacher (Otters)
I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with BA Honours in Primary Education. I went on to teach at an infant school in the North of Nottingham, before moving back to my hometown of Leamington Spa.
Before embarking on my teaching journey, I worked with children and young people in a range of settings. Some of which included undertaking voluntary work at a primary school in Coventry, tutoring in Italy, working in a language school based in Nottingham and spending two summers working at a children’s camp in California.
I am passionate about creating an environment that allows children to access an exciting and enriching curriculum, where all children can achieve their full potential. I strive to inspire those I teach to develop a love of learning and grow into well rounded individuals. I have a particular interest in outdoor learning and the benefits that can bring for children’s development and I am excited to be a part of the development of outdoor learning at Heathcote Primary School.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling the World, seeing sights and learning new things. I also love walking in the countryside with my border collie, Peggy.
Mrs Kim Abernethy
Year Two Class Teacher (Foxes) and Deputy Head Teacher
See Senior Leadership for biography
Also Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Maxine Lawson
Year Two Teacher (Foxes) - Part Time
I have very fond memories of my first ever class which comprised of my four Grandparents! I would make them sit on our stairs and do ‘sums’ and writing! It was written in the stars for me to be a teacher and I am as passionate now about my ‘vocation’ as I was then. Very happy and fulfilling school days (both Primary and Secondary) inspired me to be the best teacher I can possibly be. I am a Warwickshire ‘girl’ through and through and love living in Warwick with my family; husband, Oscar (15) and Abi (14). The three of them keep me busy when I am not in school! I enjoy family adventures- near and far, especially in hotter climes. I feel greatly privileged to be part of young individuals’ lives and embrace the opportunity and responsibility of shaping each ‘whole’ little person in my care. Fun-loving but firm and fair, I give my best to ensure that the classroom is a warm, safe, inspiring and happy learning environment. I am very excited about my new teaching and learning journey at Heathcote Primary School.
Mr Matthew Whatson
Year Three Teacher (Hazel)
My journey as a teacher started when I became a teaching assistant in a local school in Leamington Spa. After my first year, I enrolled at the Open University to study Childhood and Youth Studies to embark on a career in teaching. I eventually trained to be a teacher at Worcester University and completed a GTP there within a year. Since then, I have taught in a wide variety of schools across Coventry, Birmingham and Warwickshire before arriving at Heathcote Primary School. Since joining Heathcote Primary, I have felt very much at home and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children, staff and wider community.
I have a passion for working with children and hope to inspire those I teach to find a passion in life like I have. I strive to offer children an outstanding educational experience in which they can grow as an individual and learn essential life skills that will be with them forever.
I live in Warwick with my family: my wife Emily and our son, Woody. We’re all a bit Disney mad and we often plan holidays to Disney Land Paris. Woody enjoyed his first Disney experience this year! I enjoy keeping fit and you’ll often find me at the local gym. I love all sports, especially football and enjoy taking part in sporting activities when I can.
Mrs Helen Parashar
Year 4 Class Teacher (Maple)
Mr Nick Harwood
Year 5 Class Teacher (Cherry)
Whilst growing up, people would often ask the question: What do you want to do for a career? I would always answer: Teaching. I have been truly inspired by the incredible support and experiences particular teachers gave me during my education and I want to pass on my enjoyment of learning. I graduated from the University of Worcester with a degree in PE and Sports Coaching Science and then continued with my PGCE in Primary Education. Since then, I have taught Year 5 and 6 classes in Warwickshire schools for 10 years, gaining experience in both a small village school and a larger two-form entry school. I always strive to provide children with learning experiences which are engaging, memorable and that motivate children to want to go and find out more. I believe that a classroom should be a place where all children are safe, feel valued as an individual and have the correct support to enable them to achieve. I am really looking forward to joining the team at Heathcote and helping the school develop further.
I recently got married and I enjoy visiting my family, who live down in Bournemouth. I am what can only be described as sports mad! Football, cricket, rugby and running- I love to play, coach and follow them all. I am hoping that one day I can have played a part in inspiring the next Harry Kane or Lucy Bronze!