Teaching Staff

 The Senior Management Team

The purpose of this group is to monitor the work of the school, deal with any issues that may arise and ensure that the school is managed effectively and efficiently on a daily basis. The team is:

Head teacher – Mr Rob Adams

Mrs J Bright – Leader of EYFS/Transition 2 and Assistant Head teacher

Mrs H Gaskin - Leader Transition 3 and Assistant Head teacher

Mrs C Hitchens Todd – Leader Transition 1


Mr R Adams

Head Teacher

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.

Mrs Bright

Hello, my name is Mrs Bright. I am Assistant Head at Pennoweth and I am responsible for leading EYFS and Transition 2, as well as the subject of English across the school. I have worked here for more than ten years and you could almost say that I am part of the 'Pennoweth furniture' by now. Pennoweth school is such a special place - the children and the staff alike. I feel privileged to work with children that inspire me everyday with their resilience and determination to succeed. It truly is an honour to play a part in so many 'learning journeys' which probably accounts for why I have stayed working here for so long!
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. Activities, that are more often than not, followed with a hot chocolate and slice of cake - any excuse! 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.

Mrs Gaskin

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.

Transition 1 Team (Getting ready for Key Stage 1)

The Early Years Team is led by Mrs J Bright (Assistant Head).
The teaching staff are: Ms L Kettle, Miss V Beale and Mrs F Morris.

The Transition 1 team is led by Mrs C Hitchens-Todd. She is supported by fellow teachers Miss S Hair and Miss Delaney.

Mrs Hitchens-Todd

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!

Miss Beale

Hello, I’m Miss Beale and I’m the Nursery Class Teacher. I am very excited to be working in the community of Pennoweth School. I have previously worked as an Early Years Teacher in Bristol for about 8 years. I really enjoy working with the Foundation Stage ages as I feel this is such an exciting time for children, it is the beginnings of their educational journey. Every day is a wonder and I enjoying finding the fun and learning opportunities in the smallest of things just as much as the children do!

When I’m not as school you can usually find me in the gym or making the most of the Cornwall landscape. I am new to the area so I have lots of exploring to do!

Miss Delaney

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 and their families. Currently, I enjoy teaching Year 2, 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 spending time with family and friends. Keen supporters of Liverpool Football Club, we love heading off to matches as often as we can. During the past few years, I have also forged strong links with local charity Aid4Orphans and the Child Of Mercy Orphanage Centre in Likoni, a slum area of Mombasa, Kenya, which our school helps to support. I enjoy volunteering at the orphanage whenever I can, as well as supporting a local football team by taking out second-hand kit, kindly donated by our families and local teams.

Miss L Kettle

Class Teacher

'Hello, my name is Miss Kettle and I am the Reception teacher. Although new to the school I've had such a warm welcome from the staff, families and children at Pennoweth and feel very lucky to be here!
Prior to this, I was teaching in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 at a school up in London. I am very glad to be working in the Early Years again this year as I think it's a special time in children's lives and a privilege to be able to watch them grow and develop at this stage.
Since I am new to Cornwall I have been enjoying exploring the area on the weekends. It's wonderful to be able to go to the beach, swim in the sea and walk the coastal path. At home I like reading and doing yoga.

Transition 2 Team (Getting ready for Key Stage 2)

The Transition 2 team is led by Mrs J Bright, Assistant Head.

The teaching staff are Mrs Sadler,  Miss R Tully and Mrs Nicholls/Mrs Shami.

Mrs Shami

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!).

Mrs Nicholls

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.

Mrs Sadler

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!

Miss Tully

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!

Mrs Nicholson

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.

Transition 3 Team (Getting ready for Secondary School)

The Transition 3 team is headed by Mrs H Gaskin, Assistant Head.

The teaching staff comprises Miss P Blight,  Mrs D Sadler and Mr M Williamson.

Miss Blight

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, PE and Computing.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.On the weekends, I love getting my wellies on and exploring different parts of beautiful Cornwall. I also like to keep active by attending exercise classes like Zumba!

Miss Dunstan

Hello, my name is Miss Dunstan and I am a year 5/6 teacher. I’m really looking forward to working with the amazing children at Pennoweth and am proud to be part of such a great team. I enjoy lots of different subjects but my favourite subject is maths as I enjoy problem solving and algebra. I also love to read!
I grew up in beautiful Cornwall but taught in Abu Dhabi for a couple of years as well as London. However, Cornwall is my home so I’ve chosen to come back and I love being so close to my family and friends again.
In my spare time, I enjoy long walks with my family, socialising with my friends and travelling- I am hoping to visit many more exciting countries during my holidays! I also love living so close to the beach and spend as much of my time as possible there, rain or shine!

Mr Williamson

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!

Support Staff

Pennoweth employs many well qualified support staff who assist generally in the classrooms or on a one to one basis with specific children. They also support at lunchtimes.

The Pastoral Team

We have a strong Pastoral Care Team whose work is aimed at quickly addressing the needs of all our children and families. Mrs H Crewdsonis our Individual and Special Needs Co-ordinator and Assistant Head, who is supported by Mrs C Tomlinson, our Learning Mentor - Mrs V Scammell, and Mrs D Price.

The Admin Team

Mrs Ford, Broadhurst, Mrs R Collins and Mrs T Billing are the first faces you’ll see when you visit Pennoweth and are always ready to answer your questions, give help or put you in contact with who you’re looking for. They are supported by Miss L Collins.

The Catering Team

Pennoweth has an on-site kitchen providing breakfast and lunch. Our catering manager is Mrs J Williams and she is ably supported by her team. There are regular catering meetings arranged with the Headteacher and Governors to ensure quality.

Lunchtime Supervisors

At lunchtimes the children are supported by our team of lunchtime supervisors and many of the non teaching staff. They help in the playground supervising play and in the lunch hall, supporting the children to become independent.

The Breakfast Club and After School Care Team

We have a team of supervisors who look after the children before and after school, ably led by Mrs K Barnaby. For more details of costs and times when we are open please follow the links.