Staff At Trenance Learning Academy

Mrs Clare Crowle

Executive Head Teacher, Strategic Lead of Kernow English Hub & Teaching School Hub. Deputy CEO (Academic) Kernow Learning MAT

I have been fortunate to have been a leader at Trenance for 13 years and the Exec Headteacher for the past 4 years. I have recently been designated as a National Leader of Education which means I get to support other schools with their leadership. When I am not in school, I am kept busy with my 2 children on our quest to explore every beach in Cornwall

Mr Matt Oakley


We welcome Matt to Trenance at the start of the Autumn Term 2021. Matt is an experienced Headteacher having previously led 3 Cornish primary schools. Matt has worked in School Improvement across the South West and has a wealth of experience teaching from EYFS to KS4. Matt has worked for a national charity Achievement for All as an Achievement Coach and is particularly interested in learning outdoors and the benefits on wellbeing.

Mr Matt Williams

Deputy Headteacher

This is my sixth year of teaching at Trenance and I love every minute. Every day is different and I enjoy helping children to grow and develop. It is a great place to work, with fantastic children who have a real energy and excitement to be at school. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, playing with my two boys and relaxing on the golf course!

Mrs Pamela Waters

Kernow English Hub Project Lead & Teaching School Hub Lead

I started my teaching career at Trenance 21 years ago and have been teaching in Cornwall since 1999. For the past 6 years I have been working a SLE for the Kernow Teaching School Alliance leading DfE School Improvement projects to raise standards in reading. When not in school you can find me on the beach with my family or playing netball for Newquay Netball Club!

Miss Emma Biscard

Assistant Headteacher, Y1 Crimson Class Teacher

I have been a teacher for 16 years and started at Trenance in 2008. I am a Specialist Leader in Education for Teaching and Learning. In my spare time I love exploring Cornwall with my family. I enjoy the Arts and like attending dance classes, going to the theatre and to music concerts.

Mrs Alison Downing

Assistant Headteacher, Y1 Crimson Class Teacher - Y1 Leader

I am the lead teacher for Y1 and Read Write Inc. I absolutely love my job and have been teaching for 27 years! The best thing about being a teacher is seeing the progress children make and teaching children how to read and write. When I’m not at school you’ll find me cheering on my son on the football pitch, cycling or walking my dog. I enjoy going to Zumba and going camping and exploring new places.

Mrs Emma French

Parent Liaison & Designated Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Joe Boylan

SENDCo Lead & Designated Teacher for Looked After Children

I am a Specialist Leader in Education for Special Educational Needs and gained a postgraduate qualification in Psychology. As well as SENDCo at Tranance I also support schools across the Trust where required. I adore my job, supporting children with any kind of additional need. Outside school I love spending time with my family, walking the dog and politics.

Mrs Sam Edmonds

Speech and Language Therapist

I support children with speech, language and communication needs at Trenance and across Kernow Learning. Language and communication skills are vital for all aspects of our lives, including academic success and long-term well-being. I am also a specialist dyslexia assessor and tutor and EAL lead at Trenance. I work closely with Mrs Boylan to support all the children at Trenance who require additional support. I am very lucky to have a job I love but outside of work I also like to keep fit, spend time with my family and read.

Mrs Gaynor Shepherd

PA to Executive Headteacher and SLT

I have been part of the Trenance Team for the past 22 years, needless to say I love my job! The team spirit and dedication of all the staff that make it such a wonderful place to be year on year. Outside school I love walking the coastline, running, crafting and supporting my two sons from the sideline of the football pitch!

Mr Christian Cotton

YF Yellow Class Teacher & YF Lead

I have been teaching for ten years, with all that time spent in Early Years and Year 1. I have worked across the trust and I am very excited to be back at Trenance. It is extraordinary place to work with every individual striving to give children the best possible start in education. That is what I love most about my job, nurturing and supporting children to achieve their full potential. Outside school, I enjoy playing rugby, walking and spending time with my family.

Miss Lara Simmons

YF Blue Class Teacher

I truly love teaching as every day is so varied and always exciting! I am proud to teach at Trenance as we all work as a team to inspire every child to learn. I feel privileged to teach children in their very first year at school and see them grow throughout the year. I have always lived in Cornwall and love being outdoors and exploring our beautiful coastline with my family.

Mrs Sherry Dodson

YF Green Class Teacher

This is my sixth year as Foundation Year Teacher at Trenance, having previously been a manager of a Pre-school and a TA at Perranporth school for over 10 years. I love teaching in the Early Years because every day is different and I enjoy the challenge of motivating young children to learn in a fun and exciting way. I believe that teaching young children is the most rewarding, fun and exciting job in the world. Outside school I enjoy spending time with my family on the beach, and socialising!

Mrs Julia Flynn

YF Red Class Teacher

I am currently enjoying my 2nd year as Foundation Year Teacher. I have three children.

Mrs Holly Lewis

YF Yellow Class Teacher & Kernow English Hub Literacy Specialist

I arrived at Trenance 9 years ago and can’t imagine teaching anywhere else! The atmosphere and energy that is created by nearly 400 under 7’s is unique and very special, I consider myself very lucky to be part of it. I am a Specialist Leader in Education for Foundation and Phonics and a Literacy Specialist within the Kernow English Hub. I have over 25 years teaching experience in England and abroad. I am the mother of two boys who both came to Trenance and who have blossomed both academically and personally!

Mrs Holly Riches

YF Blue Class Teacher

Mrs Sophie Anderson

Y2 Gold Class Teacher

I am a Design & Technology Specialist who gained 'outstanding teacher of the year' by Design & Technology Association my first year of teaching. I love it at Trenance Learning Academy because we are able to provide so many exciting opportunities for our pupils. We also explore Newquay and make the most of our local surroundings which is fantastic. I especially love Beach School in the summer! I love a healthy and active lifestyle combined with adventures with my little boy (and the rest of our family!)

Miss Jess Dent

Y1 Aqua Class Teacher

This is my third year teaching and I am enjoying every minute of it!
I love being active outdoors and trying new things. When possible I like to visit different places and experience different cultures which provokes great discussions with the children about the places they have visited. My passion in teaching is Mathematics and I find it exciting to explore and solve problems with the children and see their progression. The children’s passion and enthusiasm at Trenance makes it a great place to teach!

Mr Louis Keveren

Y1 Lime Class Teacher

I have been teaching for seven years and this is my sixth year at Trenance. I am a Specialist Leader in Education for P.E and lead P.E across Trenance. I love teaching and couldn't think of doing anything else. Every single day at school is an adventure and nothing is ever the same it's a brilliant atmosphere to work in and I look forward to coming to school everyday! I love to exercise and running on the Cornish coast path is my favourite thing to do.

Mr James (Jimmy) Altoft

Y1 Amber Class Teacher

This is my fifth year teaching at Trenance; I am also the Science Leader. When I am not teaching I enjoy being active outdoors. I like to surf, swim, cycle and run to keep myself healthy!

Miss Jude Moseley

Y2 Sapphire Class Teacher and Y2 Lead

I have been a teacher at Trenance for over 20 years! I am a Specialist Leader in Education for Music and lead music throughout the school. When I finally find time to myself I enjoy playing the piano and would love to one day compose an all-time Classic! In my spare time I love to get outdoors, walking, kayaking, cycling, playing tennis and playing chess. I enjoy teaching at Trenance as a lot of our teaching is connected with the outdoors!

Mrs Tash Williams

Y2 Gold Class Teacher

Mr Matt Bowen

Y2 Ruby Class Teacher

I have worked across the Trust for a number of years and am thrilled to be back teaching at Trenance.
In my spare time I enjoy cycling, supporting Liverpool Football Club and exploring the beautiful Cornish countryside with my family. Trenance Learning Academy is a special school. Every day is exciting, challenging and rewarding. From Beach School to ice skating at Eden or camping out under the stars at Tomperrow, every day is a new adventure!

Mr Chris Gerry

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Sian Bates

Y2 Emerald Class Teacher

This is my fourth year of teaching at Trenance; I love the enthusiasm that the children have and the excitement that they bring to the classroom. I am the subject leader of Geography and history across the school. In my spare time I love to be outdoors whether its running, walking, cycling or being in the water!

Ms Jane Tibbles


I qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant some 10 years ago and work across Y1 and Y2; providing cover to enable Teachers to have PPA time. Outside and at school I thoroughly enjoy arts and crafts.

Mr Karl Fice-Thomson

Karl Fice-Thomson is a well-known local character who has been involved in youth development for the best part of a decade. He actually started work as a Plymouth trawler man but moved to the North Cornish coast in search of surf and adventure. He worked for Rick Stein in Padstow for a few years, before taking a part-time job at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, working his way up from talk’s supervisor to become an aquarist and finally appointed education officer.

Karl noticed that his enthusiasm for his subject rubbed off on the kids and he started to carve his career path as a teacher. Although he had no formal qualifications he was taken on by Happy Days nurseries as a pre-school teacher. During his time at Happy Days, Karl was instrumental in setting up and running the Pirates Club, which is an educational holiday club for children.

His enthusiasm for youth education and development, earned him the title of Nursery Personality of the Year in 2003, following a nomination from local parents. This experience then progressed his career to becoming the education officer at the The Adventure Centre. During his time there Karl helped to devise the Junior Baywatch Beach Safety Scheme, which led to his involvement as an RNLI education officer and becoming a lecturer at Cornwall College teaching post 16 students on the Life Programme and Paedeatric First Aid courses. Karl then went on to lecture at Truro college on the Medics Course and the Surf Science Degree course on Tolcarne Beach. During this time Karl Created Fistral Rangers and out of this The Beach School was Born.

Mrs Heather Byrne

Supply Teacher

Mrs Nicki Razzell

Finance Administrator

Miss Olivia Lord


Miss Abi Jessop

Administration Assistant

Mr Mark Beardsley

Site Assistant

Ms Claire Beel

Teaching Assistant

Ms Elaine Blake

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hannah Brown

Teaching Assistant

Ms Mo Coulson

Teaching Assistant

Miss Hayley Dickinson

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sue Dickinson

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Erika Gray

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sandra Keegan

Teaching Assistant

Ms Camille Legentilhomme

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Mandy Mitchell

Teaching Assistant

Ms Sarah Pickering

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rachel Row

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackie Sutton

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Charlotte Timson

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jemma Underwood

Teaching Assistant

Ms Nadine Wade

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Emma Warne

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Annmarie Watts

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Cally Willcox

Teaching Assistant

Ms Penny O'Dwyer

Lunchtime Assistant

Mrs Debra Knight

Kitchen Manager

Mrs Gemma Chilvers

Kitchen Assistant

Miss Julie Edwards

Kitchen Assistant

Mrs Nicola Foster

Kitchen Assistant

Mrs Donna Rowe

Kitchen Assistant

Mrs Daranee Segar

Kitchen Assistant