Staff and Class Structure

Mrs Nicola Neale

Headteacher

Background:
Nicola has been the headteacher at Leedstown School since 2013 where she started as acting headteacher. Nicola began teaching back in 1998 where her first job was at a big junior school of over 400 children, teaching in year 5.
Having moved to Cornwall in 2005, Nicola was a Deputy headteacher for a number of years before embarking on the wonderful journey of headteacher, which she believes is a dream job.

Why chose teaching?
I feel that teaching chose me! Since a very young age, I used to play schools with my teddies and do the register with them all! I have always wanted to be with children and make a difference to children. My favourite thing about being a headteacher is actually being in the classroom with the children. The most magical moment with the children is when you can empower them for lifelong learning.

Outside of school:
I enjoy spending time with my amazing two children and walking on coastal walks with our new puppy, Coco, who is keeping us all very busy!

Most unusual unknown fact about Nicola:
I once met the Queen Mother at the age of 8 at a showground, shook her hand and asked her how she was!
When I was younger, I played the Clarinet in an orchestra and woodwind group, playing at many different events; usually for charity.
For someone who doesn’t like heights, I once paraglided from a boat in Greece, which was amazing!

Favourite quote:
If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou.

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 Sue:
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 Jade:
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)

Mr Jamie Cameron

Magpies Class Teacher

Background:
Jamie began teaching in 2016 at Trenance Learning Academy. He moved to Leedstown the year after before spending a year at St Columb Major. He returns to Leedstown in September 2021. Jamie has taught across the key stages and before starting his career as a primary school teacher spent some time working as a cover supervisor at Hayle Community School. Jamie has a degree in sports education, and this is one of his passions.

Why Jamie chose teaching?
I have never really wanted to do anything different. My passion for teaching first started when I began coaching cricket. I loved seeing the progress children made and I knew I wanted to follow a career path where I could see this daily.

Outside of school:
Sport is my passion. In my free time, I can normally be found on the golf course or cricket field. When I’m not playing sport, I love to spend time with my family and take my dog Rory for a long walk.

Most unusual fact about Jamie:
I once appeared on the late 90s/ early 2000s tv show ‘Your Nicked’.

Favourite quote:
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.’ (Marianne Williamson/ Coach Carter).

Mrs Mel Young

Starlings 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 Mel:
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 Diane:
Diane once sat in a jet plane at Culdrose.

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

Miss Sophie Marles

Starlings TA and Lunchtime Supervisor

Background:
Sophy began working at Leedstown school in 2007 as a Lunchtime Supervisor before heading to become a TA. Two of Sophy's children have attended Leedstown School as pupils. Sophy has worked for many years with our youngest pupils and the preschool.

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

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 Vicky:
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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