After completing my First Degree in Human Psychology at Loughborough University I moved to London as a postgraduate to study Music, graduating from the London College of Music in 1997 and entering the music profession as a session guitarist throughout most of my 20’s and into my 30’s. During this time, I taught guitar as a peripatetic and private teacher in between session work, finding that I really enjoyed teaching both children and adults, and in 2006 decided to formalise my teaching career through undertaking a PGCE in Further Education and Training through Plymouth University. From there, I was lucky enough to progress, through a number of roles in Further Education, from full time teacher, eventually moving into management as a Programme Area Manager at City College Plymouth, before successfully moving to my current role as Deputy Team Leader of Performing Arts and Head of Music at Truro and Penwith College. During this time I have also enjoyed a range of roles in governance, previously being on a board of Directors at a charity engaging disadvantaged young people in physical movement and dance; currently being on the Board of Directors at the Cornwall Music Service Trust, and thoroughly enjoying my role as chair to the Governing body at Lostwithiel School, where I have seen the fantastic and continuous improvement in the Children’s experience under the current staffing and leadership structure.
I have held the position of safeguarding governor at Lostwithiel school for over 4 years. I was originally approached to carry out this position due to having children attend the school and my employment. I work as a detective sergeant in the Public Protection Unit for Devon and Cornwall Police. My primary role is to supervise investigations into child abuse and sexual exploitation. I also carry out an additional role as a child sexual exploitation champion for the force. I have previously held informal meetings in the school for the benefit of parents to give advice re online safety. Furthermore I provided the school with an informative PowerPoint relating to the changing nature of crime and the importance of keeping children safe online. I believe that my knowledge regarding safeguarding is beneficial to the school and to the children and parents and want to ensure I use my skills and knowledge to benefit the safeguarding practice of the school.
For the last 15 years (10 years of which have been in Cornwall and 5 years in Birmingham) I am an Educational Psychologist. Through my work I have been passionately promoting childrens’ social and emotional well-being, as well as implementing evidence based approaches to ensure high standards of academic attainment. My aim is always to give our children the greatest life chances through their education. This is especially pertinent in the current climate which has affected our children in so many ways.
Following training at the University of Cambridge, I am also a qualified teacher (having worked as a primary and SEN Teacher in the UK and abroad), so I fully understand the pressures experienced by teachers today. As an Educational Psychologist I support/supervise/train school staff; develop school policies; assess children; provide psychological therapies; and advise parents. This roles means that I have a clear understanding of the structures, policies and practices of the education system within Cornwall. I am inspired to apply for the opportunity to support Lostwithiel Primary School as a member of the governing body so that I contribute to the successful education of all children in school to give our children the best foundation to their education.
Since making Cornwall my home in 2011, I have had the pleasure of teaching in two secondary schools within the county. My specialist subject is Geography and I have also previously taught Religious Education, Maths and SMSC. I have experience of working on two different Senior Leadership Teams and I am currently the CPD Lead and Head of Geography at Newquay Tretherras. I love teaching about the natural world, global issues and the connection between people and our planet. School Governor is a new role for me this year and I am really looking forward to working with the school to help it to continue to provide such wonderful learning experiences for the young people of Lostwithiel.
I have worked at Lostwithiel Primary School for over 23 years as the Reception Class teacher. I am passionate about providing our children with the best possible education and experiences so that each individual develops a love for learning and reaches their true potential. I am the CELT Early Years Lead.
I joined Lostwithiel Primary School in 2007, working initially as a one to one teaching assistant. When the pupil left the school, I remained in Year 6 as a teaching assistant. I absolutely love my role and am very passionate about ensuring that every child reaches their potential at our school.
I ran the school's Parent and Teacher Association for many years and am delighted that we now have such an enthusiastic group of parents who have taken this over. I am also 'Chief Coach' and most enthusiastic supporter of our school netball team. My role as a governor is to oversee Health and Safety, working closely with our Site Manager and the Trust Estates Team.
I completed my BA (Hons) in History and Development Studies at the University of St. Mark and St. John and initially wanted to be a curator of a museum. Voluntary work delivering education workshops in a museum made me quickly realise that I wanted to become a teacher so I completed my PGCE in Primary Education in 1998 and never looked back!
I have taught predominantly in Key Stage Two, with Year 6, History and English teaching being my specialist areas. I initially become an Assistant Headteacher at St. Mewan (another CELT primary school) and then Headteacher there in 2016. I moved to Lostwithiel Primary School as Headteacher in September 2023 and now work for the trust as one of their Primary School Improvement Leads.
As well as this I am also a Pastoral Associate for the Cornwall Association of Primary Heads.
I am passionate about ensuring that we not only provide the very best educational experience for our children but that we also enable every child to find their talent or interest. Teachers inspire so that children can aspire!