Helen Van Boxel


I was brought up in a village in Gloucestershire before heading to Wales to study English Literature at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. I then moved to Oxford to attend Oxford Brookes University to study for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). I was then lucky enough to get a Year 5 teaching position at a Primary School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

It was at this Primary School that I was able to develop my love of teaching and share my passion for books and words. I even have a favourite word: myriad! I saw the school grow professionally and was proud to see it develop into an outstanding school. During the 12 years I worked there, I taught across both Upper and Lower Primary and enjoyed teaching a broad range of subjects to all age groups. In 2012 I became the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), and in 2014 I completed the National Award for SENCo at the University of Reading. I also had Autism training, achieving Level 2 in Developing Good Autism Practice with the Autism Education Trust.

My two little children (a four-year-old and two-year-old) keep me on my toes and busy! I am often requested to be a dinosaur, pirate or princess! When I can, I love to read books and enjoy meeting up with my book club. To relax, I also enjoy swimming and practising yoga.

I am looking forward to helping your child fulfil their potential.