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/EYFS Teacher
My name is Danielle Morgan and I have been lucky enough to have worked here for 13 years. This academic year you'll find me working in Reception alongside Mrs Glanville-Thomas.
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!
Y5 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/History Lead
My name is Sophie Laskowski and I am pleased to be continuing my teaching career at Chacewater School as the Year 6 class teacher. I 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 and look forward to watching the ‘Mighty Oaks’ progress and grow!
Y4 Teacher / PE Coordinator/Computing Coordinator
My name is Shelley Hoare and I 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.
EYFS Teacher / Foundation Stage Lead / MFL Lead
Hello, I am Laura Glanville- Thomas (but most people call me Mrs GT). I have the wonderful privilege of teaching the youngest pupils at Chacewater School, our reception class - ‘Acorns’. I began my journey at Chacewater in 2018 where I started off as the Year 1 teacher. I’ve now been in reception for 5 years and I can honestly say that I love every single minute of it. The progression you see, the creativity that reception brings and the eagerness of all children, makes my job incredibly rewarding.
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 feel very proud and fortunate in finding such a wonderful school to work in, with brilliant members of staff and such a community ethos.
Outside of school I like to keep busy too. I love spending time with my family, my daughter and husband. We also love to socialise, spending time with my friends and family - which consists of mainly going out for food. I also enjoy running, waking, paddle boarding and exploring the beautiful countryside and beaches Cornwall has to offer.
Year 1 Teacher