Come and meet the staff at our school!
Mrs S Costello - Aspire Director
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.
Mrs K Lamb - Head of School
I have been working as a teacher since 1996 and absolutely love working with children as I feel it is a privilege to be part of their educational, social and emotional journey. I firmly believe that it is an honour to help your child flourish and fulfil their potential. I have strong Christian values and believe each child is special, unique and loved by God.
I have taught all year groups across key stage 2 and I have had various roles during my career, including: senior management, assessment and record keeping coordinator, curriculum coordinator, RE coordinator, humanities coordinator, music coordinator and maths coordinator; I have been a leading maths teacher helping colleagues in other schools to develop their maths lessons. During the last two years, I have been working closely with Cornwall and West Devon Maths Hub to visit other schools and teach them about using the outdoors for inspirational maths lessons – an area which I feel quite passionate about. I have found many children and adults have a negative image or experience of maths and I believe that, with the right input, everyone can enjoy the subject. I enjoy organising information sessions where parents and relatives can attend workshops which help them to learn more about school life in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.
I have an Honours Degree in Education, from Cheltenham, and I have studied special education needs through the University of Exeter and have a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development with Merit. This academic year, I am also studying for my SENCo qualification as I believe in inclusivity and ensuring every child’s needs are catered for within a mainstream setting and wish to be part of the organisation of this in the future at St Uny Church of England Academy.
I am also passionate about ensuring children have a broad and balanced curriculum and I have run a wide variety of sporting clubs including: cricket, rounders, athletics, dance, gymnastics and tennis; all of which I have enjoyed immensely. I enjoy singing and leading a choir has been a superb experience.
Mrs H Palmer - Inclusion Leader
I have always had an interest in the natural environment and have wanted to share this enthusiasm with others. After achieving my honours degree in Botany with Zoology and Geology at the University of Reading, I therefore obtained a Post Graduate Certificate of Education qualification, with a Commendation in the Practice of Teaching.
After spending an interesting five years at Troon School as a KS2 teacher I was employed abroad for several years. On returning to the UK I subsequently enjoyed working with KS1, KS2 and KS3 pupils in a variety of roles in environmental education, firstly in a residential centre in the Norfolk Broads then as Schools Co-ordinator for a wildlife charity in Kent.
Following this I taught in north and mid Cornwall, with primary pupils in KS1 and KS2. Working with pupils from nursery age through to year 6 in specialist educational provision and as a one to one teacher of pupils with special educational needs gave me a wide range of teaching experience.
I was appointed to Connor Downs School as a Learning Support Teacher in January 2010 and spent two interesting and enjoyable years supporting KS1 and KS2 pupils through small group or one to one learning activities.
I then took over as Inclusion Manager in September 2012. In 2012-2013 I attended the one year Plymouth University’s Masters Level course and achieved their postgraduate certificate: The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. When St Uny became part of Aspire, I became Inclusion Leader here and at Connor Downs.
My current role as Inclusion Leader includes responsibility for vulnerable groups including pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium and Looked After Children, plus I am Deputy Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer and am involved in the provision for pupils identified as able, gifted or talented.
I am passionate in my hope that every pupil at our academy feels a strong sense of belonging, and knows that we value not only their learning and progress, but themselves as a unique individual.
My particular interests this year are firstly, to foster even stronger links with our parents by continuing to listen to and take account of their views and to provide accessible resources and training to help them understand how they can support their child’s or children’s learning at home, and secondly, to increase the use of our fantastic outdoor learning environment to enrich our children’s learning and to support their emotional well-being.
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
I am a class teacher working in Year 1. I job share with Mrs Stevens and work in the classroom each morning. I have worked at St. Uny for 18 years, teaching in early years and KS1. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my three children, walking my dog, running and swimming.
Mrs S Brand (on maternity leave)
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 1/2 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 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
I am the Year 4 teacher at St Uny Academy and have been at the school for 6 months. I studied Sport and Exercise science at the University of Gloucester before returning to Cornwall to complete my teacher training. I specialise in teaching PE and I am the PE coordinator for the school. Outside of school, I enjoy competing locally in both rugby and cricket. I also enjoy nothing more than going for a walk around the beautiful coast we have.
Miss R Griffiths
I am lucky enough to be the year 5/6 teacher at St Uny C of E Academy. I 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 enjoy being part of the St Uny family and upholding the values of the school.
Miss L Quirk
I am the year 5 teacher at St Uny. 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 (on maternity leave)
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.
Ms L Reed
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
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
I started working as a volunteer at St Uny C of E Academy in Yr2 and Yr5. I was then fortunate enough to be appointed as a full time TA in Yr4. I am currently undertaking my studies in Teaching and Supporting learning alongside working. I enjoy volunteering for the after school hockey club. Outside of school I love spending time with my family, keeping active, singing and leading worship at the local church.
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.
Miss S Worsey
I joined St Uny in September 2017 as a teaching assistant in year 6. Originally from Birmingham, I moved to Cornwall to study Film at Falmouth University in 2011 and fell in love with living by the sea. Since graduating I have worked in many primary schools in West Penwith as a teaching assistant and a dance and fitness instructor and am hoping to commence my teacher training in 2018. I love keeping fit, going on long coastal walks with my friends and crocheting.
Miss N Smitheram
I am the teaching assistant working in Year 3 at St Uny Academy. I began my career in education 2 years ago and have previously worked in a range of different academy's during my placement years working within both KS1 and KS2 when studying my Year 3 qualification. I began working at Connor Downs Academy as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant supporting several children through their academic year. After 1 year of being a SEN Teaching Assistant I became a general teaching assistant at St Uny Academy. I enjoy supporting children either as a group or one to one to help develop their learning both emotionally and socially. I have also gained experience working as a Lunchtime Supervisor supporting pupils during their play and enabling them to develop socially within a different environment. Outside of school I enjoy socialising with my friends, walking my dog and lots of shopping.
Mrs L Dearden
I joined St Uny in June 2017 as Year 2 teaching assistant after volunteering at the school whilst gaining my level 2 Support Teaching and Learning qualification. I am currently studying for a level 2 Mental Health qualification. I grew up in St Ives and love the area. I have traveled a lot and visited some incredible countries. I spend a lot of my free time enjoying the beach or taking walks with my son and our dog. I also enjoy being a member of the local Pilot Gig Club.
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!
Miss K Oxley
My name is Kirsty, I work in the school kitchen alongside Chef Andrew. I started at St Uny Academy in September 2016 and I now work as the second chef. As well as cooking and serving healthy lunches to the children and teachers at lunch time I am also responsible for preparing tuck daily and filling our amazing salad bar. My role also involves encouraging children to make healthy choices and try new food. Outside of the school kitchen, I enjoy cooking for friends and family and making the most of our wonderful town and beaches with my son Henry.
Mrs C Hall
I have been a lunchtime supervisor at St Uny from 1995. I am also a supervisor in school for the school's new cleaning company - The Glen Group. I have been cleaning at St Uny for 11 years. Outside of school, my hobbies are Kendo with my husband, my dog, my cats and spending time with my 6 children at weekends.
Mrs M Beaty
I am a lunchtime supervisor at St Uny. My role involves setting up the hall ready for the lunches and supervising children during lunch, on the field and playground as required. I am a new member of staff and started in September 2017. My hobbies are reading, art and watching films especially thrillers and comedies.
Mrs J Apicella
I am a lunchtime supervisor at St Uny. My role involves getting the hall ready lunch, supervising the children during lunchtime inside the hall and on the playground/field. I also administer First Aid. I also tidy up the hall after lunch. My hobbies outside school are swimming, reading (my favourite author is Catherine Cookson), watching sport especially tennis and football and I adore Tottenham Hotspur.