Headteacher / Humanities and educational visits Coordinator/ Deputy DSL
My name is David Hick and I am so proud to be the Headteacher of Chacewater School.
I started my teaching career in 2004 and I am passionate about making sure that all children, regardless of their backgrounds are able to meet their full potential. One of the things that I find exciting about working in education is the sense of awe and wonder that the children bring with them every day, which means that no day is ever the same or boring! The local area and community is important to me - I have strong links with the village of Chacewater. My father and grandmother attended the school (many years ago) and my grandfather owned the local butchers in the main street.
In my spare time I love playing golf, although it doesn't always love me and I also enjoy dragging my family out (who can be reluctant) on the occasional bike ride!
Deputy Headteacher/ KS2 Lead / DSL / English Lead / Y4 Teacher/SENCO
My name is Emma Law and I have been teaching at Chacewater School since 2002. Since 2010 I have been part of the Senior Management Team. I enjoy teaching right across the primary age range and have been fortunate to teach in every class, whilst at Chacewater School.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading and drinking coffee. More recently, I have taken on the role as my daughter’s chauffeur and can be seen standing in windy fields at various horse riding events.
I love working at Chacewater School and feel really proud of the children, staff and wider community.
Assistant Headteacher/ KS1 Lead/Geography Subject Lead/Year 2 Teacher
My name is Danielle Morgan and I have been lucky enough to have worked here for 12 years. This academic year you'll find me working in Year 2 alongside Mrs Fox.
From a very young age all I've wanted to do is teach. From school I went onto University and studied at the College of St Mark and St John and completed a BA hons degree in Sports Development and Geography.
When I am not in school, I am a busy mum looking after my three children. We like visiting the beautiful Cornish beaches, parks and playing a lot of football.
I am proud to be part of a fantastic school full of keen, dedicated pupils, teachers, governors and parents. I am looking forward to another exciting year ahead!
Y6 Teacher/Kagan Lead /Science Coordinator/Student teacher and ECT mentor
My name is Claire James and I joined Chacewater Primary school in 2012, having moved back to Cornwall after many years away! I have been teaching for over twenty years (which is shocking when I think about it), mostly in the Bristol area where I was the Deputy Head of Paulton Junior School. Since graduating from Cardiff University with a BA in Education and Psychology I have never wanted to do anything else but teach; helping children to learn still gives me the same joy as when I first began. It has always been an inspiring profession and continues to be so.
I currently teach Year 6 pupils in the Mighty Oaks class. My aim is to provide the children with a varied and engaging curriculum, where they can develop as individuals as well as life long learners. I am particularly interested in art, science and maths. I lead 'Cooperative Learning' within the school: an approach which enables the children to use specific structures to support their teamwork skills. I also mentor students and Early Careers Teachers. In addition, I am the science coordinator - a role I thoroughly enjoy as I love encouraging practical learning and critical thinking.
Having grown up in Cornwall it is fantastic to be able to give my own two boys the same experiences and freedom that I had as a young girl. It is also wonderful to be part of a close community, an added bonus to being a member of the Chacewater team.
When I am not working I like to spend time with my family, especially if it involves a beach trip, although most weekends are spent cheering on my boys at football matches these days. I also enjoy swimming, yoga, and running (and any activity that includes eating cake!)
Year 6 Teacher
My name is Mike Williams, and I have been covering many different teachers at Chacewater school since retiring from full time teaching in 2016. My previous employment was at St Francis School in Falmouth, where I became an Advanced Skills Teacher of Physical Education and became a Primary Link Teacher between Primary and Secondary schools. I hold twenty-three coaching and teaching qualifications in sport and have had the privilege of coaching international players in rugby and swimming. I have also worked on developing schemes of work in Physical Education for the Government and County. My passion is education, with sport being a major factor. I enjoy seeing the development and progression of every individual to their full potential through, hard work, commitment, and the attitude of,” I’ll give it my best”.
Year 5 teacher/History Lead
My name is Sophie Laskowski and I am pleased to be continuing my teaching career at Chacewater School as the Year 5 class teacher. I recently completed both my undergraduate degree in Education and PGCE at Bath Spa University where I worked in a variety of schools and settings. I aim to provide the children with engaging and creative lessons which enable all children to reach their full potential.
When I am not in school, I enjoy playing hockey, badminton and going to the gym, and I hope to use my sporting interests to motivate and inspire children throughout the school.
Having grown up in Cornwall, I am excited to be working at Chacewater School this year and look forward to watching the ‘Red Oaks’ progress and grow!
Y4 Teacher / PE Coordinator/Computing Coordinator
My name is Shelley Hoare am so proud to teach at Chacewater school. I previously worked at Chacewater school as a Teaching Assistant and I was also a pupil at this wonderful village school as a child. I trained to teach at the University of Gloucestershire, completing my BEd Hons in Primary Education in 2012. After this, I worked as a Nanny, Tutor, Teaching Assistant and now as a Primary School Teacher. I lead P.E and now also computing at the school, two areas of the curriculum which I am really passionate about. When I'm not working, I love spending time with my young daughter, paddle-boarding and doing zumba.
Year 3 Teacher
My name is Georgia O'Callaghan and I am delighted to be able to start my teaching career at Chacewater School as the Year 3 class teacher. I recently completed my PGCE through Exeter University, where I worked at a number of local schools in the Falmouth area. I aim to create a enthusiastic, creative, and safe learning environment, encouraging children to try their best in every aspect. When I am not in school, I enjoy going to the gym, and spending time exploring new Cornish beaches. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to start my career at such a lovely community school, and can't wait to learn with the children in Young Oaks this year.
Year 1 Teacher /Teacher Governor/Wellbeing Lead
I am Mrs Rice and am a teacher at Chacewater School, I'm really enjoying learning alongside the children in Year 1 and being part of such a dynamic team.
Before I came to Chacewater School I was a Learning Curator at the Tate in St Ives. I worked there for 20 years (I was one of the original members of staff) and really enjoyed sharing my love of art with families, children and teachers. Perhaps some of you might have been to Super Sunday or a beach workshop in the summer?
It has taken me a long time to get started on my teacher training! I did my degree part-time over 6 years whilst I was working and my children were young. I worked as a teaching assistant for a year to really make sure a school was where I wanted to be, and then was accepted as a trainee teacher at Chacewater School working with the Early Years and key stage 1 team.
I love the creativity and unexpected twists and turns the learning takes in the Reception year. The child-led learning keeps me on my toes and ensures every new year group of children bring a whole different set of exciting challenges.
Outside of school I enjoy being with my family and spending time with my friends.
Mr Alex Taylor
Year 2 Class Teacher
My name is Alex Taylor and I have been teaching since 2011. I studied engineering at the University of Plymouth before deciding I wanted to teach, starting my career in Cornwall. After this, I lived in London for 5 years working in a wide range of schools. This time in the city led me to miss Cornwall a lot and I’m very excited to move back down and join the team at Chacewater for the summer term in Year 2.
When I am not in school, I enjoy being by the sea, swimming and reading.
EYFS Teacher / Foundation Stage Lead / MFL Coordinator / School Council Coordinator
Hello, I am Laura Glanville- Thomas and I have the wonderful privilege of teaching the reception class - ‘Acorns’. This is my forth year at Chacewater and I honestly couldn’t be more proud to work in such an incredible school. This is my third year leading the foundation stage, but before teaching in the foundation stage, I taught in the Seedlings class - year 1. I specialise in teaching Early Years and KS1 and I love the creativity, enthused learning space and the progression you see in the children.
Ever since I was a little girl, my dream was always to become a teacher. My dream finally crept closer in September 2012 when I finally took the plunge and started my BA (hons) degree in Education Studies. After a wonderful 3 years at Plymouth University, I decided to come home and broaden my educational knowledge by working in 2 local schools as a Teaching Assistant and completing my PGCE in Early Years Primary Teaching. I am very proud and fortunate in finding such a wonderful school to work in, with brilliant members of staff and such a community ethos.
When I am not in school I enjoy socialising with my friends, which mostly consists of going out for food. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, and my very close family and not to mention my little fur baby - my cat ‘Tilly’. I enjoy running and exploring the beautiful countryside and beaches Cornwall has to offer.
My name is Katie Cookson and I qualified as a Teacher in 2020, but I have 15 years of experience of working with children between the age range of Birth- 7 Years. I do love working in the Early Years because the level of enthusiasm that children show towards their learning is fantastic and you help them to start their journey in Education. I am excited to be teaching at Chacewater school in the Acorns Class.
In my free time, I like to explore beautiful Cornwall with my family and sometimes like to take a dip in the sea.