I took over as Head teacher at Easter 2012 and I quickly realised that Pennoweth is a good school with lovely children and dedicated staff. The school environment is well cared for and the resources at the school are good and we are looking to develop the facilities all the time because we believe the children deserve the very best. There is no doubt that at Pennoweth we strive to be the best we can and do the very best we can. We are all aiming high!
I began teaching a long time ago in Stoke on Trent and then moved to Hong Kong and was lucky enough to teach there for ten years. It was a fantastic experience teaching children from countries all around the world. Whilst I was there I was selected to play for Hong Kong Rugby and played 11 'Internationals' and took part in the Asian Rugby Tournament in Sri Lanka and played teams like Japan and Korea. I moved back to North Wales and taught in Warrington before I took up my first Headship at Probus School near Truro.
In 2011 I travelled to Kenya and stayed at an orphanage in Likoni in Mombasa and that was the start of my link with Child of Mercy Orphanage and the experience has helped shape my vision for our school. I will be going back again soon.
Hello, my name is Mrs Bright. I am Assistant Head at Pennoweth and I am responsible for leading Transition 2, as well as the subject of English across the school. I have worked here for more than ten years and I was immensely proud of all of the children and staff during our last Ofsted inspection and feel privileged to be part of the Pennoweth family.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband, daughter, Rose and son Ellis. We enjoy walking on the beach (no matter what the weather!) and hunting for Gruffalos in the woods! I also enjoy nothing more than rolling out my yoga mat when I have a spare five minutes. I hope that you will say “Hello” if you see me walking around the school.
I have been at Pennoweth School since September 2012 and it has been wonderful to see the children develop with their learning and confidence. I enjoy my role as Assistant Head along with teaching Year 56 children. I enjoy all areas of learning but I especially enjoy drama, P.E, maths and topic related learning. I believe learning should be exciting and it has been super to see the children inspired by the different topics, undertaking their own research and producing a range of amazing models and artwork.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family; I have two wonderful daughters. We all enjoy playing on the beach, walking, tennis and dancing! Having only moved to Cornwall a few years ago, we love exploring and discovering new coves and my husband Andy often cooks a fantastic BBQ as we watch the sun go down! Cornwall is a special place.
In the words of our class puppet Calamity, “Howdy doody everybody!” For those of you who may not be familiar with my face or dulcet tones, my name is Helen Tonkin and I have been a teacher at Pennoweth since day dot. I am a proper Pennoweth girl you could say. I have always taught in Key Stage One and Foundation Stage and throughout that time, I have had the pleasure to work with some truly amazing children and teachers.
When not in school, I enjoy spending time with my gorgeous family and particularly my working cocker spaniel, Inca. When not walking Inca, you will usually find me at home watching movies. I love films, especially classic movies and musicals from the 40s and 50s which I used to watch with my gran when I was a young’un – tap dancing around the kitchen, singing at the top of my voice while she did the dishes. When I was younger, I always wanted to be an entertainer and now I am an entertainer and educator of the best audience I could ask for, the children of Pennoweth School.
Hello, my name is Heather Thomas and I have worked as a teacher at Pennoweth School since it opened. During my time at Pennoweth, I have worked in both key stages and at one point taught in the Nursery and in Year 6 both in the same week!
I work part-time and you will see me in school from Monday – Wednesday where I teach in the Nursery. I love my job, it is so lovely being able to work with children who are excited to learn and interested in everything around them. I also work in school as the Healthy Schools Co-ordinator and I feel very proud that everyone at Pennoweth School works so hard to enable it to be a healthy school.
When I’m not in school, I enjoy time spent with my family and you might also find me standing on the side of a rugby pitch, cheering on my son and hoping that he is not getting too muddy!
My name is Mrs Hitchens- Todd and I am a year 2 class teacher. I have been at Pennoweth for several years now and am currently the leader of Transition 1 and maths co-ordinator. My favourite lesson of the week is PE and I enjoy taking our athletes to different sporting events.
On Sundays I like to spend my time running around a football pitch pretending to be Christiano Ronaldo – sadly I am not that good! During the rest of my free time, I like to take my two troublesome dogs, Toby and Zac, on long walks all around the county. I also like to pretend that I can surf, however, I tend to be a fair weather surfer!
Hello! My name is Miss Scott and I am currently on maternity leave after having my baby at the end of the summer term. I arrived at Pennoweth a few years ago and I am really enjoying working with such enthusiastic and friendly children, staff and parents. I used to live and work in London, at a school very close to Heathrow Airport, where the children spoke over 24 different languages but I began to miss Cornwall! London was very exciting and I spent my spare time going to the theatre, shopping and watching rugby (I’m a huge England fan!) however I am really glad to be back in Cornwall with my family and friends as it means I can spend my weekends at the beach or on the water rowing. I love an adventure and I am always planning the next opportunity to explore somewhere new. I look forward to meeting you when I return.
Hello. My name is Mrs Nicholls and I love working at Pennoweth; with such dedicated staff and friendly children, you really do feel a warm welcome when you arrive at our school. I joined Pennoweth in September 2012 and taught in upper Key Stage Two for five years. However, since returning from maternity leave in September 2017, I now have the pleasure of teaching Year 2, alongside Mrs Shami.
I have lived in Cornwall all of my life, and I love where I live. I feel so fortunate to be raising a family in such a beautiful part of the world - there really is no place like home. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, especially my husband and son. During the week, I also make time for my hobbies, which include Zumba and netball.
I am extremely proud to have been teaching at Pennoweth for quite a few years now. These are exciting times and it is wonderful to see the school continue to evolve. It is a real privilege to work with our children and families, and such a dedicated team of staff, governors and volunteers who continually strive to provide the best for our pupils. Currently, I enjoy teaching Year 3/4, as well as leading Religious Education and P.S.H.E (Personal, Social and Health Education) across the school.
When I am not working, I enjoy walking our dog and spending time with family and friends. Keen supporters of Liverpool Football Club, we enjoy nothing more than heading off up to Liverpool as often as we can, to watch matches and enjoy spending time in the city.
Hello, I am Mrs Nicholson and I teach in Year 4. After many years of teaching in Bristol, I’m delighted to be returning to my home county of Cornwall and very excited about my future working with the community of Pennoweth Primary School. I love being a teacher because I enjoy being part of the children’s learning. I am very passionate about the power of sport in helping children to develop life skills and I am looking forward to having lots of sporting fun at Pennoweth.
I’m Sarah Shami and I’ve returned to Pennoweth after my maternity leave. Althought it was hard to tear myself away from my scrummy baby, I have loved coming back and seeing such friendly faces. Pennoweth is a very special school full of amazing children who work really hard, have a fantastic sense of humour and are the most caring children I have met. I also missed my excellent colleagues; I don’t think you would find a friendlier and more supportive (and sometimes cheeky!) staff in any other school. It is a privilege to work at Pennoweth and see children grow, not only academically, but in confidence and social skills. I teach maths and English in year 3/4 every morning.
When I’m not at school, I love taking my son swimming, going to the beach with my husband and, as any child I have taught will tell you, devouring chocolate. I love to find new places to explore, going out for food and reading (especially Harry Potter!).
Hello my name is Miss Tully and I am a year 3/4 teacher. I am really looking forward to working with the friendly children and teachers at Pennoweth. My favourite subject to teach is geography and I love to talk about my travelling experiences.
When I am not working I enjoy going to the beach or for long walks. On rainy days I like to bake or read a book, I loved Enid Blyton when I was at school! I am originally from Kent so I can’t wait to explore new places around Cornwall!
Hello, my name is Miss Blight and I am a Year 5/6 class teacher. I am very proud and excited to be part of the wonderful team at Pennoweth. I enjoy all areas of teaching and learning but I particularly enjoy English, Drama, History and Computing.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also love exploring different parts of beautiful Cornwall as well as keeping active by attending Zumba classes and going for long walks.
My name is Mrs Sadler. I have worked at Pennoweth for ten years and enjoy supporting the children to grow as individuals and learners. I am also the English co-ordinator. Having lived abroad during my childhood and worked for many years in France, I love sharing my knowledge of the French language with all.
Outside of school, I am a proud mum of a teenage son and enjoy spending time walking my two precious Dachshunds: Rolo Pickle and Flora! When I’m not in school mode, I spend the majority of my time building Lego with my son, reading and cleaning out hamsters, fish and stick insects…not to mention enjoying the odd bar of chocolate!
Hi there, my name is Mr Williamson. I grew up in Birmingham and pursued becoming a professional tennis player. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen as I got injured and had to stop playing tennis at age 15. However I have always loved all sports and I am really excited about getting involved in the sport at Pennoweth and seeing the pupils develop, learn and grow whatever their starting point.
I love learning and I am excited to journey with the pupils, exploring new ideas, new learning and I am passionate about seeing children reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Having moved to Cornwall just five years ago, I just love it! I love to go on adventures with my family, whether it be exploring the woods, playing hide and seek, finding new beaches, rock climbing, picnics and eating ice-creams ( I love ice-creams). If there is an adventure to be had…I’m in!