Staff and Class Structure

Mr Robert Newlands

Headteacher and Magpies Class Teacher

Background:
Rob has recently become the headteacher at Leedstown School in January 2022. Rob began teaching back in 2013, teaching in a variety of different schools in East Sussex and has taught across all year groups.
Rob has recently moved back to Cornwall after growing up in the area and is happy to have returned to the area. Rob has previously been an assistant head teacher at a single form primary school and was a Head of School at his previous school for 2 years before relocating back to Cornwall.

Why chose teaching?
It all started with a return to the primary school I attended when I was a child, from that point I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. My favourite thing about being a teaching head teacher is being able to impact on all the children across the school, not just those in my own class. I love seeing children engaged with their learning, I particularly enjoy it when children come and tell me things they have learnt about at home!

Outside of school:
I love exercise so will often be at the gym before school and I have always loved cars. I also love going for countryside walks, so I make the most of the coastal paths!

Most unusual unknown fact about Mr Newlands:
My first word as a baby was ‘car’.

Favourite quote:
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” ― Thomas A. Edison

Mrs Sue Jones

Eagles Class Teacher

Background:
I began teaching at the age of 21, working in inner city schools in Birmingham. From there, I went on to teach at a number of schools, large and small, in urban and rural settings. For a time, I lived abroad and taught at schools in Portugal and Tenerife. I joined Leedstown in 2003 and while here have taught all age groups, from Reception to Year 6. The experience gained from teaching in such a variety of settings, with children from a wide range of backgrounds, has informed my approach to education and child development. One of my passions is sharing my love of maths with children and developing their critical thinking through this subject.

Outside of school:
I love gardening and the outdoors, and enjoy trips to National Trust gardens and historical sites of interest. I am a keen baker, I particularly like experimenting with new recipes and putting a healthy twist on old favourites. I have two dogs, who are fantastic company when on long treks enjoying the coastal scenery.

Most unusual fact about Mrs Jones:
I rode on a float in a parade through the streets of Los Cristianos in Tenerife, dressed as an alien in a shiny silver jumpsuit and deely boppers, as part of my school’s carnival celebrations.

Favourite Quote:
The most wasted of days is one without laughter – E.E. Cummings

Mrs Jade Wheeler

Starlings Class Teacher / SENDCO

Background:
Jade began her teaching career at Leedstown Primary School in 2015 after being a TA for 7 years. Her passion for teaching and learning is within the Early Years and KS1. Jade completed the National SENCO Award and is the SENCO for Leedstown School.

Why did Jade choose teaching?
Jade always wanted to become a teacher. She enjoys working with children and seeing them learn and progress. Jade enjoys the challenges teaching brings and that no two days are ever the same!

Outside of school:
Jade enjoys finding new walks, playing tennis, baking and just being at home with her husband and doggy!

Most unusual fact about Mrs Wheeler:
Jade turned on Penzance Christmas lights when she was 10.

Favourite quote:
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. (Roald Dahl)

Mrs Mel Young

Magpies TA

Background:
Mel started her school career working at ‘Happy Feet’ preschool as treasurer, then volunteering at Leedstown school helping years 2 and 3. Mel completed her TA qualification and has been working as a TA at Leedstown School since 2013.

Outside of school:
Mel enjoys cooking, family and crafting.

Most unusual fact about Mrs Young:
Mel was born and lived on the remotest island in the world - Tristan da Cunha. Her parents live there and Mel tries to visit home every 4 to 5 years.

Favourite Quote:
“Aspire to inspire before you expire!” (Eugene Bell Jr.)

Mrs Diane Moyle

Magpies TA

Background:
Diane first came to Leedstown School in 1998 when her son attended the preschool. Her daughter followed suit and a few years later they both went on to complete their primary years here. Diane joined as a TA in February 2006 and hasn’t looked back since.

Outside of school:
Diane enjoys baking, cross stitching, knitting and crochet.

Most unusual fact about Mrs Moyle:
Diane once sat in a jet plane at Culdrose.

Favourite Quote:
“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is” (Master Yoda)

Miss Sophy Marles

Starlings TA

Background:
Sophy began working at Leedstown school in 2007 as a Lunchtime Supervisor before heading to become a TA. Sophy has worked for many years within our EYFS class. Sophy also enjoys driving the school minibus taking the children out on excursion's as well to their swimming lessons.

Outside of school:
Sophy enjoys spending time with family and looking after their various animals at home.

Miss Emma Stockle

Starlings TA and lunchtime supervisor

Background:
Emma started her teaching career in 2010 working as a specialist English language teacher in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has also worked in Sardina and Malaysia. Emma moved back to Cornwall in late 2014 and has since worked as a teaching assistant in local primary schools.

Outside of school:
Emma enjoys spending time with her family and friends and loves anything to do with arts and crafts.

Most unusual fact about Miss Stockle:
Emma has travelled around the world and has visited 54 countries so far.

Miss Lauren Tracy

HLTA/ Preschool Lead

Background:
Lauren grew up in Hertfordshire and moved to Cornwall with her family after adventures beckoned and they set off for an adventure of a lifetime, travelling around the UK and Europe in a converted Sprinter van, visiting 17 countries altogether! It was the most amazing experience and she feels extremely lucky to have done it with the people she loves most.

Lauren's passion for Early Years began when she became a Mummy for the first time and saw how much learning through play and experiences benefited her child and so her early years journey started.
Whilst training Lauren became an EYP at a children’s Centre and later became Key Person at Creswick Pre-School to which she feels extremely proud to have been a part of. Lauren is so excited to be back working in early years again at Leedstown School as it is such a passion of hers.
90% of an adults brain is formed by the age of 5! And as Mine Conkbayir states … “We are brain builders”

Outside of School:
Lauren's interests include going for long walks with family and their dog Lola. Lauren enjoys going on days out and weekends away with her family such as canoeing and camping. Lauren is also a novice photographer and keen gardener. She has a great passion for the outdoors and natural world!

Most unusual fact about Miss Tracy:
Lauren has had dinner with Frank Bruno.

Favourite Quote:
"Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it."

Mrs Vicky Cwilewicz

School Secretary and lunchtime supervisor

Background:
Vicky studied at the University of Leeds gaining a First in Computing which led to a 13 year long career providing worldwide technical support for email server and mobile sync technology for a Silicon Valley company. Vicky has two children of her own and decided to move to administrative work for a better work-life balance. Vicky has been the Administrator since September 2018.

Outside of school:
Vicky enjoys cross stitching and baking in her spare time as well as Geocaching with her family all over Cornwall. Holidays are spent in their family caravan both in the UK and abroad.

Most unusual unknown fact about Mrs Cwilewicz:
Vicky dislikes both tea and coffee so will be found drinking hot chocolate instead in the office.

Favourite Quote:
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again”

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