Meet the Staff

Miss Paula Blackburn

Executive Head Teacher, Federation of Boskenwyn and Germoe Schools

head@fbgschools.co.uk

I was born in Manchester a long, long time ago! I moved to Cornwall 20 years ago and my 2 lovely children grew up here. Before then I lived and taught in a variety of places including Sweden (where I developed a love of the Scandinavian way of learning). I became head of Germoe School in 2006 and then Executive head of Boskenwyn and Germoe 8 years ago. I love my job and I'm passionate about enabling children to have a wonderful experience at school, developing a lifelong love of learning and being the best they can be. In my spare time I like to travel and immerse myself into different cultures. I am a member of Coverack Bluetits and sea swim when I can, I also enjoy coastal walking and I love reading.

Miss Z Symons

Deputy Head/Class 4 Teacher/Maths

zsymons@fbgschools.co.uk

I was lucky enough to be born in Cornwall and loved growing up here. I left to go to university and study maths and returned back to Cornwall after completing my degree to carry out my teacher training. I still love maths- as all my classes all know- and I love leading maths across our schools. Outside of school I love to spend as much time as I can outside and exploring, especially at beaches. I will give almost any watersport a go at least once and particularly enjoy gig rowing. I've been lucky enough to take part in the world championships out on the Isles of Scilly a few times now and have even raced against Mrs Basher!

Mr A Height

Class 3 Teacher/Music Lead/Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead

aheight@fbgschools.co.uk

Hello, I am Mr Height. I am originally from West Sussex and I love all things musical, surfing, catching fish and of course educating. My route into education (as a teacher) started very young. Through teaching guitar to friends and family members, my interest in the power of education and how we learn fueled my desire to teach. I studied for my degree in music at Falmouth University and enjoyed my degree so much that I ended up teaching guitar at the university for some time afterwards. The next step was then to realise the dream and make it official by training as a primary teacher so that I could do the highly rewarding job that I do today. I like to keep musically active outside of my role as a teacher and perform regularly around the country.

Mrs C Basher

Class 2 Teacher

Cornish born and bred, I feel incredibly lucky to have achieved my dream of working as a teacher in a local village primary school. I have always been passionate about enabling children to become the best that they can be and to develop their curiosity and love of learning. I am a keen musician, having previously toured the UK as a singer and bassist of a metal band as well as still regularly performing in the local music scene! I love sharing my passion for music with the children, particularly leading our whole school choir.

Outside of school, I absolutely love spending time, riding, training and competing in showjumping with my horse Ruby (who I'm sure the children are already sick of me talking about!) I also gig row for my local Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing club and can often be found being competitive on the water with Miss Symons!

Mrs B Reeves

Class Teacher

BReeves@fbgschools.co.uk

Hi!
I'm Beth and I was also lucky enough to be born in Cornwall- I even went to Germoe School in Y5 and Y6!

I love to travel and spent the early part of my 20s doing ski seasons and exploring our brilliant planet. I came to primary teaching after having spent a decade teaching English as a Second Language in many different places. I realised that teaching was my vocation! My biggest love is teaching reading, and I especially enjoy working with early readers and emerging readers. I feel very strongly that high levels of literacy, good critical thinking skills, and a love of books is the best way we can empower our children for the future.

I still enjoy travel, cooking, being outside or in the water, and spending time with my three hilarious and mischievous children. And, of course, I love a good book.

Miss J Burns

Class 1 Teacher/ EYFS/ RE Lead

jburns@fbgschools.co.uk

I have been at Germoe School for almost 10 years now, how time flies when you are having fun! I have been working in the early years for 28 years and I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else! First and foremost, the most important thing for me is to make sure your child has a happy start to school, where they feel safe and cared for in a nurturing environment. I have previously worked in many different schools across the North West . I graduated at university with an Arts degree and when I'm not busy at school, I enjoy sketching in and outdoors and taking long relaxing walks on the beach. I also enjoy spending time with my little 'zoo' of animals, I have two Romanian rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats., plus a huge tankful of fish!

Mrs Angie Larcombe

SENDCO

alarcombe@fbgschools.co.uk

I worked as a Teaching Assistant in local schools whilst my daughter was growing up, and decided I’d like to have my own class, so set about 7 years of part time study before achieving BA in Historical and Cultural Studies. I then did PGCE with Exeter University.

I started working at Boskenwyn school when it was a small two class school, with just four part time teachers. Before this, I worked in Penzance and other Helston and Lizard schools for a few years. I’ve taught all ages and key stages, and around 5 years ago, left the classroom for the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

I have always been interested in children’s development and the development of the ‘whole’ child. I feel so privileged to be working with children and their families, and with colleagues, that really value the important things – relationship, nurture, and commitment to supporting children to achieve their best, and to thrive, academically, emotionally, socially and physically.

In my spare time, I enjoy family time, gardening, cooking, my cats and chickens, and spending time in the beautiful Cornish landscapes. I have interests in archaeology, family and local history and I’ve just started yoga.

Mrs H Fish

Class 2 Teaching Assistant

Mrs P Bird

Class 3 Teaching Assistant

Mr A Segal

Class 4 Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Care

Senior School/Federation Secretary

Mrs L McKeown

School Secretary (Boskenwyn)

Miss K Mitchell

Cook

Mr P van-Kesteren

Premises Manager