The Team


Mrs J Velasquez

Acting Headteacher,

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs E Henderson (Currently on maternity leave)

School Leader

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mrs J Velasquez

Beech Class 

School Leader

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Early Years Specialist

I graduated from Roehampton University in 2009, and have since taught in London and across Oxfordshire.  My experience in teaching ranges from 2 years olds to Year 6, and I have held various positions including Assistant Principal and Head of School.  I am the head of Early Years at both Finstock Primary School and Queen Emma’s.

I have recently moved to Bladon with my husband, and I have a dog, cat and 3 chickens.  My favourite things are reading and looking after my allotment.


Miss S Adair

Cedar Class  (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

School Leader

I am an inspired, enthusiastic teacher and have a passion for teaching the creative curriculum and engaging children to reach their full potential and take ownership of their learning.

Teaching English in Barcelona led me to study at Oxford Brookes University over 10 years ago. I have been fortunate to work over a few schools in Oxfordshire in both Key stages. From working as a Key Stage leader at Queen Emma’s to now working at Finstock Primary School. I thoroughly enjoy working with Parents/children and the wider community especially when we were the first school in Oxfordshire who gained the Unicef Rights Respecting award at QE. I have been fortunate to work with a link Teacher in Buenes Aires and write letters and work on projects with both schools. I am now excited to work with the children and parents to gain new school awards. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my beautiful baby daughter and family. I also love Open Water swimming and travelling to new places.


Mrs L Merry

Cedar Class (Monday and Tuesday)

Worship Coordinator 

I graduated from Westminster College, Oxford in 1997 with a BEd Hons. My teaching experience ranges from Reception through to Year 6 and I have held various positions including Key Stage one Lead, Senior Leader and Acting Deputy Head.  I have been teaching at Finstock School since 2014 and I am currently the Worship Coodinator. 

I was taught at Finstock School as a young girl and was so inspired by the teachers who taught me, that I wanted to share this passion for learning with others. I feel privileged to be teaching at Finstock. My aim is to provide children with the best possible learning experience to help them reach their full potential and inspire them to succeed as individuals. I enjoy being creative and try to bring this creativity into the classroom, encouraging children to explore and express their ideas in different ways


Mrs R Sellars

Oak Class (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

I have been teaching for over 20 years starting in secondary schools before moving into teaching in the primary age group. I have been a parent governor of my children’s school for over 8 years seeing schools from a different perspective. I have been fortunate to have travelled to some unusual and different places in the world ranging from Jiri, Nepal the start of the Everest trail, the pyramids and temples in Egypt and an active volcano in Hawaii all of which can help me bring the classroom to life


Mrs Z Hickin

Oak Class (Wednesday)

Schoo Leader

Having completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in 2008, I continued my time there to gain my PGCE and Masters of Education. I have since spent the past decade enjoying teaching in both state and independent schools in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, taking on various leadership roles. I have taught all primary year groups and have experience of successful school development in my previous role of Assistant Headteacher. I am delighted to work for The Mill Academy Trust and to be part of the Finstock team. In my spare time I enjoy reading, exercising and spending time with my family. 


Mrs N Harris

Cherry Class

Nursery Nurse

I chose to work with children as I believe children whatever age are important to me and for our future, Every child is as important as the next and one of a kind. I want every child that I have the pleasure to meet and teach to achieve however big or small in their life experiences. All children need encouragement, support and curiosity to excel in their talents and to believe in themselves.

My personal values, qualities and teaching are respect, manners, honesty, patience, kindness, encouragement, support, time, to listen, understanding, to feel secure, trust, believe, love and a sense of humour. I feel this is the foundation to great learning experiences and to grow into a well-grounded adult ready for a great work ethics, building relationships, confidence and a “ I can attitude.”


Mrs J Lamb

Office Administrator


Mrs S Farthing

Learning Support Assistant


Mrs J Burridge

Learning Support Assistant


Mrs D Sykes

Learning Support Assistant


Mrs M Steer

Cleaner in Charge