Meet Our Teachers

    • Mike Jory

      Mike Jory


      I’ve been a teacher since 1999 and owe a great deal to all the schools I’ve worked in. Each of them has been extraordinary in some special way. I am now privileged to be Headteacher of two fantastic schools, with inspirational staff, creative children and supportive parents and governors.
      I am a keen golfer, cook, gardener and sports spectator, supporting Wales and Swansea rugby and football. My favourite place in the world has to be the Gower peninsula in Wales, where I grew up surfing, cycling, camping and making lifelong friends.
      My favourite children’s books are ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘The Wind in the Willows’ because they both teach us so much about how to deal with situations in the real world.

    • Jo Banwell
      Panther Class Teacher

      Jo Banwell

      Panther Class Teacher

      I feel very lucky that, since qualifying as a teacher in 2001, I have only worked in village schools – they really are at the heart of the community. Being a member of staff at Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School puts us at the centre of village life, and so many activities and celebrations centre around school life.
      My specialist subject is literacy – I think it’s important that children are able to express themselves creatively. I value all books; each one has its own particular appeal, especially if it has a moral message.
      I love animals and have a bit of a menagerie at home, including alpacas, miniature ponies, chickens cats and dogs!

    • Lisa Hill
      Lion Class Teacher

      Lisa Hill

      Lion Class Teacher

      I did my final teaching placement at Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School, and qualified in 1995. I really wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else! After having twins in 2002, I returned to the school, and I’ve taught all the classes at some point or another.
      I live locally on a County Council Farm, where we have cows, sheep, chickens, ducks, a goose, alpacas, a dog and some cats! My family exhibits cattle at agricultural shows, so a lot of my time is spent preparing the animals, transporting them and showing them – I’m also the chief photographer! My children are now 13; they’re both sports enthusiasts so most of my spare time is either taking them to matches or training. Some of my favourite places to be are on the rugby sidelines or helping my daughter’s hockey team.

    • Debbie Brabbins
      Monkey Class Teacher

      Debbie Brabbins

      Monkey Class Teacher

      I have a passion for early years education, and I hold a degree in this specialism. I believe this is a critical stage in children’s development, where the foundations are set for children to become lifelong learners. I have worked in a school setting for the past fourteen years, and have a broad range of experience, from working with children with various special educational needs, to supporting a range of children in classes and groups.
      Quality time with my family is important to me and in my spare time I like to cook, read and shop! I can even be seen with my daughter, niece and nephew at a roller disco!
      We love to holiday in the Greek Islands, for the sun, beaches, fabulous scenery, great food and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.
      One of my all-time favourite childhood stories is ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ by Roald Dahl. I love the way Mr Fox outwits those farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean.

    • Jane Rawles
      Lion & Panther Class Teacher

      Jane Rawles

      Lion & Panther Class Teacher

      I qualified in 1979 but took a career break, and started teaching in 1993 when my youngest was seven. I have been at Draycott & Rodney Stoke First School for 13 years.
      Maths is my specialist subject – I have had a passion for maths ever since I was at school myself!
      With three dogs and a horse, I am usually outside walking or working. I love the village where I live, but I also like my husband’s home village in Cornwall, on the banks of the River Tamar. Outside the UK, you can’t beat Italy for fascinating places to explore, friendly people and delicious food.
      I adore children’s books and reading stories to children of all ages. If I had to choose a favourite book it would be ‘Tiddler’ (but it’s a tough decision).

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