Meet the Staunton Montessori School Staff Team…
Honorary Patron: Dr Miriam Stoppard, MB MD MRCP DSc OBE
“Being Staunton Montessori’s honorary patron is one of the greatest pleasures of my life…I would lay myself across the threshold to get my children into this school. Local parents are very lucky to have a school like Staunton Montessori.” (Miriam’s Centenary speech 2007).
Doctor, dermatologist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Dr Miriam Stoppard is the UK’s best known expert on pregnancy and birth. She has been at the forefront of the revolution in health information since she began her writing and broadcasting career in the early 1970s. Since that time she has become well known to millions all over the world as a leading authority on parenting, baby and child care. Dr Miriam Stoppard visits the Staunton Montessori School annually and is a key advisor to Robert and Adrienne Staunton.
Miriam Stoppard said: “I have always been a strong advocate of the ethos at Staunton Montessori and since becoming the Honorary Patron in 2005, I have loved seeing how the setting has flourished, offering an ever wider range of facilities and opportunities. They maintain the most outstanding standards in childcare as one parent wrote in a letter I saw:
‘(Staunton Montessori School’s)… entire approach to children is wonderful. (There is)… so much to keep them enthused and to develop them as individuals. We could not have wished for more'”
Miriam went on to say, “I’m so glad that as well as parents recognising the achievements of Staunton Montessori, Ofsted also judged the setting as outstanding in every single area!”
Robert Staunton is Head of the Montessori School & Tutorial Centre. He obtained his Social Science Masters degree from Edinburgh University and his specialist research area was the rehabilitation and education of street children in Asia. He went on to take his Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Cambridge University. He is also a Royal School of Arts qualified English Language teacher. Robert has worked in schools and colleges in Cambridge and also taught in a leading Nottingham Special School. Robert is Emeritus Vice-Chair of the Montessori Schools Association in the region and lectures on Montessori Education at University level. He has overseen the development of Staunton Montessori becoming a Teaching Practice Centre for Montessori Centre International. He also trained at Northampton University with Professor Denise Hevey, to obtain the postgraduate qualification of Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).
Robert has worked with Northampton University’s Department of Education, mentoring and assessing post-graduates taking their EYPS. He is Emeritus Vice-Chair and elected member of the Nottinghamshire Early Years Consultation Group, which is a body set up by the Local Education Authority to deliver better outcomes for children in the county. Robert has also been an elected Vice-Chair of Governors at Orston County Primary School, which is one of the top primary schools in the UK.
As well as leading Staunton Montessori School, Robert runs the Staunton Tutorial Centre, a tuition centre offering Eleven Plus exam and private & grammar school preparation as well as general tuition lessons for children from Primary school level, up to Secondary Key Stage 3 and 4 (Ages 11-14, & 14-16).
The Staunton Tutorial Centre offers private tuition in the following range of subjects:
- Eleven Plus exam tuition and intensive exam preparation
- Primary & Secondary school exam skills tutoring and study help and support
- Oxbridge interview techniques training for entrants to Oxford and Cambridge Universities
- Undergraduate and Post-Graduate supervision and support for University students (Education)
- English as a foreign language tuition for adults or children
- Corporate Education: Courses on British & American culture and
English language lessons for Asian Businesses in the UK & US
Adrienne took her Montessori Diploma in Education at the Montessori St Nicholas Centre in London. She also took a Foundation Certificate in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Adrienne has worked in some of the UK’s leading Montessori schools including St Christopher’s, Letchworth; Iverna Gardens, Kensington; and New World, Newmarket. As well as this extensive experience in Montessori education, Adrienne has also taught in the Pre-prep department of Wellow House Independent School in Newark and worked as a Play Specialist in the QEII Hospital in Welwyn. Adrienne & Robert have two children who have attended the school.
Feedback from a Parents:
“The staff are amazing and show such genuine care and love to all of the children, which I can’t imagine finding anywhere else. They make nursery time so much fun and I know that Louis will miss them all (as will I) as he talks about them at home.”
Montessori School Teaching Staff:
Ms Susan Draper, B.Ed.(Hons) EYPS
Head of Afternoon Sessions and Early Numeracy
Susan is an experienced teacher with a Bachelors Degree in Primary Education at Honours Level.
As well as her work in education, she has worked in business as a Retail Consultant and in Human Resources for a software company. Susan used to work as a Supply Teacher for the agency Supply Desk and is also a loyal supporter of Chuter Ede Primary School in Newark, which her daughter attends. Susan has taught at Staunton Montessori School since 2006 and is currently undertaking her Post-Graduate Certification in Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). Susan is also a Mentor to other Early Years practitioners and is Head of the curriculum area ‘Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy (PRSN)’ as well as being Head of Afternoon Care.
Ms Hilary Hopkin, BSc.(Hons)(Psychology)
Administrative and Finance Manager
Hilary is the Secretary of Staunton Montessori School and amongst other things handles the Local Education Authority entitlement funding for 3 & 4 year olds, the accounts and the Gross Pay Scheme offered by agents such as Busy Bees and Care4. Hilary has a background in Accountancy and Marketing with a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology. She has had a long-standing involvement with the school, having been a parent here from 2002-2004 and is a dedicated Montessori fan. She also worked with the children in the school for a year and therefore has an excellent background understanding of how our Montessori school operates. She joined the team in 2005.
Mrs Marella Edwards, Cert Early Years NVQ 3
Head of ‘Green Apples’ (2+)
Marella is Head of the Green Apples (1+ group) and has a Certificate in Early Years from the Open University as well as NVQ 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education. She joined Staunton Montessori School in 2009 and came from a leading Nottinghamshire Day Nursery where she was Deputy Manager.
Marella is responsible for the planning and delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage for our younger members of the nursery school and she works closely with parents to ensure positive transitions for toddlers into the setting and into the Red Apple Group (3+).
Mrs Lisa Martin, NMEB: Children’s Yoga Specialist
Lisa is our qualified Early Years Yoga teacher and Physical Development Specialist, who has had many years experience working in the Early Years sector.
Staunton Montessori sent her on the acclaimed ‘Calm for Kids’ Yoga course in London, so that she could bring this expertise into our school. Lisa is also a qualified Childcare and Education Practitioner.
Mrs Michelle Ellicott, B.A.(Hons) EYPS
Michelle’s three daughters all attended Staunton Montessori School and she now helps out part-time with us, doing supply work. After a career as an accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Corporate Tax Associate she took a break from professional life to be a mum. Wanting a change in direction from accountancy, Michelle became an Early Years Post-Graduate Professional in 2012.
Phoebe is Staunton Montessori’s ‘Miniature European Pony’
Very cute and child freindly Phoebe is experienced in bringing joy to children of all ages. Her hobbies are eating as much as she can and jumping very small fences!
Feedback from a Parent: