Head of School
Many years ago I studied at King Alfred’s College, Winchester. At that time you could train to teach children with Special Educational Needs along with your specialist subject, it was known as a joint degree. Although I enjoyed studying my subject (Theology), my passion was to learn about special education and I have continued to explore this ever since. I have always worked in special schools and I have been at Pencalenick for over 20 years in different roles.
My work is varied; I teach music, as SENCo, I help to create special packages for pupils who need something over and above our usual offer, as Head of School I am responsible for the strategic development of the provision and the learning at Pencalenick. I am also the secretary to our Charity, Pencalenick Friends, a group of parents and staff who work together to generate social events and raise money for the school community.
There is an absolute joy about working as part of the Pencalenick team. Our staff are creative and resilient. Our pupils are inspirational; they work hard at making sense of situations and information and above all, they are accepting of each other.
Head of Care & Estate
Senior Teacher & Head of KS4
I am Senior Teacher at Pencalenick School and work as part of the Physical Education Team. My role includes being Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Lead. This includes being Team Teach Tutor, developing bespoke educational packages for our more complex learners and leading the Pastoral Support Team; a team of three highly skilled and dedicated staff supporting pupils and ensuring they are engaged in their learning. I lead the school with regards to attendance and I am the school Education Welfare Officer.
I am Head of Key Stage 4, leading on the pastoral care of five tutor groups and leading on the transition of pupils into post 16 provision. I am also a Professional Tutor for the SCITT programme, collaborating with Truro College organising placements in our school and offering professional advice to trainees supporting pupils with SEN.
Learning Mentor Supervisor
I have worked at Pencalenick for 22 years, within this time I have had many roles. I began working as a House Parent within the Residential provision, and after starting a family returned to school as a full-time Learning Mentor.
I have been privileged to work with some of the most amazing staff here at school and I believe that this has contributed to my knowledge regarding Special Education and how to deliver excellence. Pencalenick has helped me grow in confidence and I am now a Learning Mentor Supervisor.
I have been supporting Learning Mentors in this role for 4 years now and I thoroughly enjoy all it involves. Attached to my role I am the Cover Supervisor, which allows me to lead in class when teachers are out on CPD training or are unwell. I am also a member of the Middle Leadership Team, which allows me to contribute to decision making, work independently and use my initiative to step in to situations that arise.
The Middle Leadership team also includes professionals with Teaching and Learning Responsibilities as follows.