Come and meet the staff at our school!
Mrs S Costello - Executive Principal
I was appointed as Executive Principal at St Uny Church of Academy in September 2015. I took a lead role in the conversion of this school to an academy as part of the Aspire Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in 2016 because I believe that this will enable our children to access first class education alongside a holistic Christian education. I am also the Director for Inclusion within the Aspire MAT and work strategically in this role to ensure that our pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and our children entitled to the pupil premium grant are not disadvantaged.
I am an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and have been teaching since 1990 in County Durham and Cornwall. I have been fortunate enough to teach children and young adults aged from 2 through to 19 in my career. I have enjoyed several leadership positions including Headteacher, Assistant Vice-Principal and Deputy Headteacher in primary, secondary and special education as well as being a course leader in a further education college. I am a practising Ofsted inspector and conduct inspections in primary and special schools across the south-west. I have also supported other schools in my work as a Senior Leader in Education (SLE) and as part of Durham LA School Improvement Service.
I have a BA degree in English and two Master's degrees, a MA in Education (Inclusion) and a MSc in Leadership and Organisational Change. I have particular expertise in leadership and management, raising standards and achievement, English and Special Educational Needs. I love my job and it is an absolute pleasure to spend time with the wonderful children and dedicated team of staff at St Uny Church of England Academy.
Outside of school I am keen runner and enjoy a wide range of exercise classes each week including yoga, HIIT and weight training. I am kept busy with my family, including my three grown-up sons and two dogs. I also enjoy reading, educational research and travelling.
Mr D Kay - Head of School
I was appointed as the Head of School at St Uny C of E Academy in September 2016, in addition to having the same role at Connor Downs. My main responsibility is the day to day operational running of the school. I grew up in Cornwall before qualifying from Chester College of Higher Education with a B.ED in Primary Education to fulfil my aim of becoming a teacher. Previous to being at St Uny, I have worked in a variety of schools in Cornwall, teaching all year groups before settling in Upper Key Stage 2, as a Year 6 teacher. Outside of the classroom, I have always taken responsibility for P.E as subject co-ordinator. In a previous role, I progressed to key stage leader and completed the accredited special needs training, becoming the school SENCO. In 2013, I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher at Connor Downs, before progressing on to the role as Head of School. Outside of school, sport is my main passion and I regularly play and watch a variety of team sports. Quite often my Saturday afternoons can be spent cheering on my beloved Plymouth Argyle. I believe there is a sport for everyone, same as I believe that is opportunity for every child in and out of the classroom. It is a real privilege to have a role that gives me the opportunity to support the learning of all our fantastic children and nothing gives me more pride and pleasure that seeing the children progress educationally and socially on their journey through St Uny.
Mrs H Palmer - Inclusion Leader
Mr K Buxton Dean - Site, Operations and Strategy
I am the site, operations and strategy leader at St Uny. I plan for developments across the school, but If it's broken people tend to ask me to get it fixed. I have a wide ranging remit: IT, buildings, the grounds, outdoor learning, transport, educational visits, health and safety and the support services are all areas for me to lead. As a qualified teacher, I also teach lessons throughout the academy specialising in computing and science. Beyond school I love being outside, and occasionally find the time to get one of my kayaks out on the rivers of Dartmoor.
Ms J Hill - Assistant Head, KS2 Leader, Year 6 Teacher
I have been at St Uny since September 2008, first as Y5 teacher and now as Y6 teacher and Assistant Head with responsibility for KS2. I have had many different responsibilities over the years, but I am currently enjoying leading English through KS2 and RE throughout the school. Leading RE involves taking a responsibility for Collective Worship and maintaining the strong links that we have with local churches. I also organise the swimming and cross country teams, and I am really proud of recent successes in these areas, in particular the number of times we have taken swimming teams to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to participate in the England Schools Swimming Association Primary Relay Competition.
Outside of school I am passionate about open water swimming, and I take every opportunity to swim in the sea (no wetsuit!) as I love the connection with nature and the elements. I feel truly blessed to work at St Uny and feel proud to be part of our community here.
Ms S Hipson - Assistant Head, Early Years Leader, (YR - Y2) Year 2 teacher
I qualified as a teacher in 1990 and during this time I have taught in a variety of different schools, both in this country and abroad. I have been at St Uny since 2000 and have taught every year group from Foundation Stage to Year 5. I am currently teaching in Year 2, which I love - the enthusiasm of the children for learning, their humour and curiosity make every day unique! I am also the Key Stage 1 and Early Years Assistant Head-teacher and coordinator for Maths and Science. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time in the beautiful Cornish countryside, taking long walks with my dog. I also enjoy camping, pub quizzes and live comedy and music.
Mrs S Perkin
Mrs S Brand
I job share in Foundation with Stephanie Perkin. I have worked at St Uny for ten years and have taught in Years 1 and 2 as well as Foundation. I was also the school SENCo before Mrs Hilary Palmer took over in September 2016. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outside: walking my dog Bruce, cycling, reading and swimming in the sea. I am also a keen cook and like sharing the results with my family and friends. I would describe myself as a creative person and encourage the children to express their ideas through different forms of art so I am really pleased to now be art co-ordinator at St Uny.
Miss L Thomas
I am a Reception Teacher and I began working at St Uny Academy in 2016. Prior to this role I worked in a Nursery School, before completing my teacher training in which I specialised in Early Years education. I thoroughly enjoy creative activities and regularly make my own learning resources for the children to enjoy in school. I believe a healthy lifestyle is incredibly important for children and adults alike, therefore in my spare time I currently attend a local kickboxing class to maintain my own health and wellbeing.
Miss J Eden
I am the Year 1 class teacher at St Uny School. This is my second year working here. Prior to this, I taught for a number of years in Year 1 before teaching for a year in Year 4. I am the PSHE coordinator and I enjoy working with the School Council. In my spare time, I love being outdoors, in the sea, walking the cliff paths and going to see live music.
Mrs Z Moore
I began my teaching career in 2004 and over the years have taught Reception through to Year 6. I have been fortunate enough to have had many roles within education. I have been a Special Educational Needs Coordinator, worked as a dyslexia consultant for Cornwall County Council and delivered online training to schools for their professional development in areas such as Autism and dyslexia.
I now work at St Uny Academy in Year 1/2 in the mornings teaching reading, writing and maths. I am the Reading Leader for Key Stage 1 which, involves running the phonics programme Read, Write Inc. I am passionate about teaching children to read and ensuring they reach their full potential.
Mrs L Stevens
I teach a mixed aged class of year 1/2 children every afternoon. I have over 15 years teaching experience; the majority of that teaching reception and KS1 children – more often than not in all in the same class! Out of school I love spending time with my family - my husband and 4-year-old son James and love baking, reading and being creative. I believe that children can learn a lot through practical, ‘hands on’ experiences and try to make all my lessons as exciting and creative as possible.
Mrs S Palmer (on maternity leave )
I am the year 3 class teacher at St Uny School. Previously I have been a year 6 teacher and I have also taught a year 2/3 class and a year 4 class. I am the ICT and computing coordinator throughout St Uny School. My passion is for teaching and working with children but outside school I enjoy growing my own vegetables and knitting!
Mr T Mitchell
Mrs J Travis
I trained at Exeter University and have experienced teaching in a variety of schools in Devon and Cornwall. I have taught in Lower KS2 at St Uny. I am PE Coordinator and I run a High 5 Netball Club and a Rounders Club. I enjoy being outdoors and active, whether it be playing tennis, sailing, horse riding, cycling or walking over the moors or along our amazing coastal footpath.
Miss A Wagstaff
Miss R Griffiths
I am lucky enough to be the new year 4/5 teacher at St Uny C of E Academy. This is my first year as a qualified teacher, as I have recently graduated from Exeter University with a Primary PGCE with English specialism. Before beginning my training, I was employed as a lower Key Stage 2 teaching assistant in a local school, which I absolutely loved. Outside of school I enjoy keeping active, whether this is going for a run, a swim, or just taking the dogs for a walk along the cliff paths. I am very much looking forward to being part of the St Uny family and upholding the values of the school and cannot wait to meet many of you along the way.
Miss L Quirk
I am delighted to be beginning my teaching career as the year 5 teacher at St Uny. Having trained recently across three excellent schools, I have worked in mixed reception/year 1, year 3 and year 5. Originally from Cheshire, I studied for my degree in Fine Art at Falmouth University and never left Cornwall. During my degree, I volunteered as a Unit Leader for Girl guiding and discovered a love of working with children. It is crucial that children should have a first class education in taking care of their bodies, so sport and fitness in school is important to me. I also love the arts. Outside of school, I love to cook and am partial to the occasional sea swim.
Mr T Frost
I am the Outdoor Learning Leader at St Uny. It’s my responsibility to encourage the best use of the school grounds and adapt the grounds, making the best use of them for outdoor learning. This has included clearing some areas, setting up more planting areas and growing all the veg in the poly tunnel. You may have noticed the bike shed. This has been adapted so that it can still be used as a bike shed but it also gives us room to take a whole class outside. I am also responsible for teaching the outdoor learning at St Uny. I am focusing on science in the outdoor learning as this has been my passion and profession since a boy. I have travelled the world teaching Science from Asia to Kazakhstan, including the US and UK.
I have been involved in education for the past 15 years since graduating with a Science Degree. In this time, I have taught thousands of students from KS1 up to teaching PGCE students. I believe that the natural world and the outdoor classroom is an amazing place for adventure and learning. I am really looking forward to opening the eye of St Uny students to the possibility of what can be done outside.
Mrs R Bason
I am a KS1 TA at St Uny Academy, currently working in Yr1/2. I have lots of experience in all aspects of KS1 as well as foundation stage. I am also a First Aider around the school and help to run breakfast club two mornings a week.
Outside of the working day I am an active member of Girlguiding and co-run a local Brownies group. When at home I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and taking walks along the local beaches with our family Labrador, Dodger.
Mrs L Barnard
I am the HLTA for Key Stage 2 and I am based in Year 6. I enjoy supporting children with their learning, whether that is as a class, small group or on a one to one basis. I also support other classes throughout the key stage as needed. I started working at St Uny in April 2016, based in Key Stage 1. I love having flexibility across both key stages as I am able to see the progress the children make. I am studying towards a BA HONS in Professional Practice with the University of Worcester; my aim is to be a teacher in the future. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my two girls, walking my dog and singing.
Mrs S Jones
At present I work in Early Years as a full time TA. I also work as a lunchtime supervisor. I previously ran my own parent and toddler group before becoming a parent helper when we daughter started school. I then became the Year 1 TA/ I have done my NVQ levels 2 and 3 then went to NVQ levels 2 and 3, then went on to get my HLTA qualification. I have primarily been based in Early Years, which I love. Out of school, I am often at the edge of a rugby pitch watching my son play. I have quite a few pets which help to keep me busy.
Miss C Knight
Miss H Moseley
I am a Teaching Assistant working mainly with Year 1. I have previously worked for St Uny as a Lunchtime Supervisor, and have been a regular volunteer at both St Uny and St Ives Infants School for several years. Outside of school, I love spending time with my two children, who both attend St Uny. I have a passion for music, and have been playing the piano since I was a child. I have performed as an accompanist for local choirs, and have played solo piano recitals for the St Ives September Festival. I also enjoy reading, writing and learning languages, and I recently achieved a first-class degree in Music and Literature.
Mrs L Stewart
I am a Key Stage 2 Teaching Assistant working in Year 3 with Mrs Palmer and Miss Taylor. I have worked as an SEN TA, supporting a child from Year 1 up to Year 6. My other roles in school include the breakfast and after school club. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and going to the gym.
Mrs M Wilkinson
My name is Marta Wilkinson, I have started working in St Uny in 2014 at first as a volunteer in Year 5, later becoming the class Teaching Assistant. At present, I’m working alongside Mrs Travis and Miss Wagstaff in Year 4 and further supporting children as a lunchtime supervisor.
I have background in Polish law but since coming to live in UK in 2008, I have finished a level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. I’m currently on my second year of a Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning, working towards becoming a primary school teacher.
I love to read but since working at school I have also rekindled my passion for Maths, which I’m always trying to pass on to pupils. What I truly love about my profession is seeing children become confident in themselves and discovering their own interests, allowing them to reach their true potential, no matter what place they have started from and what difficulties they might have met along the way.
Mrs N Eicher
I am the Teaching Assistant in Y4/5. My main role is to support the children in their learning, from whole class, groups and individuals. I also look after most of the administration in the classroom and manage AR quizzing too.
I started working at St Uny in September 2015, and have previous experience working in Y5. I spent many hours volunteering in school when my children were younger, so have worked in every year group over the years, but my heart is in Upper KS2.
Mrs L Cook
At the present time my role within the school is a one to one Read Write Inc teaching assistant and also a lunch time supervisor. I also run the school hockey team, which is a popular sport at St Uny Academy.
I have had lots of experience teaching and covering PPA time in KS1 and KS2. I am currently undertaking a degree in teaching and learning to fulfil my life time goal of becoming a classroom teacher.
Miss R Nicholson
Mrs L Moore
I currently work across both Key Stages, providing interventions and supporting children with SEN on a 1:1 basis. I started volunteering as a parent helper, as I have two children who attend St Uny and went on to do my level 2 qualification. In my spare time I make the most of time with my family and enjoy walking my dog and reading.
Mrs S Peck
I have been working at St Uny for 26 years, starting in reception as a class T.A and then working in all classes throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. For the last ten years, I have been an SEN TA, supporting a number of children with differing educational needs. This year I am working part time in year 6. Outside of school, I like to travel and am a member of an art club.
Mrs F Taylor
I am a teaching assistant currently supporting special needs in year 3. I have worked at St.Uny for 16 years, previously with special needs in years 2 to 5 and as a classroom TA throughout the school. I help to run breakfast club each morning, supervise KS1 and 2 homework clubs and also assist with after school club.
My interests outside school are my family, reading and walking. I have recently completed walking the Cornwall coast path, which has been an amazing and challenging experience.
Mr M Townsend
My name is Mark Townsend and I have joined the team at St Uny in January 2017. I am a qualified teacher in Early Years working as the TA in the Year 1/2 class and I also do lunchtime supervision daily. I have a great deal of experience of working in a number of nursery and school settings teaching all ages of children. I moved to Cornwall from Birmingham in 2004 and outside of school life I particularly enjoy spending time exploring the local environment with my children and visiting all the wonderful places it has to offer. I take a keen interest in most sports with my favourite being football and am hoping to start playing again in the near future.
Mrs C Little
I have joined St Uny as a SEN Teaching Assistant following a career break to have my two children. Previously I have worked in Early Years, both in a nursery setting and as an 'Outstanding' Ofsted Registered Childminder. I believe a lifelong love of learning begins in the early years, which is why I am proud to be joining the Foundation Stage Team. Outside of school, I love reading and interior design.
Mrs J Leek
Mrs E Olney
I work full time in the office at St. Uny. My main duties include administering the After School Club and Breakfast Club bookings, keeping up to date lists of children attending clubs, making sure all pupil contact details are kept up to date and checking the afternoon registers are complete. I also edit the weekly and termly newsletters, make sure the website is kept up to date and organise and minute the Christian Ethos Committee meetings. I also spend a lot of time delivering messages to children and dropping off forgotten items such as water bottles and PE kit!
Mrs D Stevens
I work in the school office every morning, alongside Emma Olney.
Mr A Gibson
I am the School Chef here at St Uny C of E Academy . I am responsible for the day to day management and production of our school kitchen and I support delivery of food education across the whole school. I have led St Uny Kitchen since August 2014 when the school decided to take the catering operation in-house. Prior to my role at St Uny I have worked as a Chef in several pubs, restaurants and hotels around Cornwall over the last sixteen years, including The Porthminster Beach Café, Gurnard’s Head Hotel and The Coldstreamer Inn. This background has instilled in me a real passion for well cooked, seasonal and nutritious food and I continue this approach with the ingredients and menus here at St Uny.
Outside of the school kitchen I love growing, cooking and sharing food with friends and family. I love being out on two wheels – both cycling and motorcycling. I’m a big fan of Moto GP racing and Rugby. I also really enjoy, and appreciate, reading bedtime stories with my two children, something I rarely got to do working as a restaurant chef!
Mrs R Fulker