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Athena Learning Trust

Launceston Primary School

Launceston Primary School

Launceston College

Launceston College

Altarnun Primary School

Altarnun Primary School

Egloskerry Primary School

Egloskerry Primary School

Atlantic Academy

Atlantic Academy

Bideford College

Bideford College

Our Staff

Emma Kerr

Executive Principal, Launceston Primary School

Mrs Kerr is the Executive Principal at Launceston and Egloskerry Primary schools. She holds the National Practitioner Qualification for Headship (NPQH), has a BSc (Hons) degree in Business and completed her PGCE teacher training at the University of Plymouth's Exmouth campus (Rolle College).  Prior to being a teacher she worked in London buying programming for ITV but moved to Cornwall in 2005 to train as a teacher, be closer to family and enjoy being by the sea.

She has taught in a variety of schools, across all age ranges, in both Devon and Cornwall and also in Sydney, Australia. Mrs Kerr is the Prince's Teaching Institute (PTI) South West Hub lead, and Co-Lead Nationally, delivering high-quality and subject specific Professional Development for teaching staff. The South West Hub consists of 21 schools and positively impacts hundreds of staff and thousands of pupils.

A keen petrol-head, Mrs Kerr started the Greenpower Goblin project at Egloskerry in 2008;  children design, build and race electric kit cars. She thoroughly enjoys delivering lessons through a cross-curricular topic led approach to learning. Mrs Kerr is now a Trustee of Greenpower Educational Trust. She has a keen interest in polar exploration, especially Shackleton, and has enjoyed sharing this with the children via her 'Antarctica' topic work. She is a member of the Geographic Association Early Years and Primary Phase Committee and regularly writes articles for publication.

Sarah Green

SEND & Inclusion Coordinator - Primary Cluster

Mrs Green is the SENCO Inclusion Lead across our Primary Cluster. Following the completion of her BEd, Mrs Green went on to further her passion for education through completing a MA in Education whilst teaching. She also holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

Mrs Green has taught in a variety of schools, across all age ranges, in the West Midlands, Plymouth and Cornwall. Mrs Green has a passion for Early Years Education and supporting children with additional needs.

Never wanting to sit still for too long, she loves nothing more than being outside, looking after her range of animals and completing gardening projects.

Steve Bishop

Class Teacher, Launceston Primary School

Mr Bishop gained a PGCE with Masters Credits in 2009 at the College of St Mark and St John following a BSc (hons) degree in Design Technology at the University of Derby.

He moved to Cornwall at the age of 8 and considers it the best place in the world. A keen footballer, Mr Bishop has many links to local sides including Saltash United and St Dominick. He now coaches his twin sons at Saltash United Juniors. As well as being football mad, Mr Bishop loves being outside with his family going on long walks on the Moors and muddy bike rides.

Mr Bishop has spent most of his teaching career at Brunel Primary School, in Saltash. He specialises in EYFS and KS1 and is a firm believer that children learn through exploration and exciting firsthand experiences. Mr Bishop moved on from Brunel in 2019 following 10 years of dedicated service. He then started working as a supply teacher, which led him to provide cover at both Altarnun and Egloskerry Primary. Mr Bishop was employed by both schools in their reception classes on a fixed term contract. When the opportunity came to work at a brand-new school, Mr Bishop jumped at the chance. He is feeling extremely excited and cannot wait for the adventure to begin.

Chrissie Wakely

Forest School Leader, Launceston Primary School

Mrs Wakely has worked in Childcare settings for 26 years. For 13 years she was the Manager of Altarnun Pre-School and was there from the very beginning when they opened in 2005.

Her current role is Forest School Leader at Tiny Tots Nursery, where she runs Forest school sessions throughout the nursery and for their Holiday Club.

She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and love for the great outdoors to the new children starting at the school and for the children who will be part of the school in the future. Making memories and teaching the children new skills are what excites Mrs Wakely the most.

Jenna Branch

Teaching Assistant, Launceston Primary School

Mrs Branch has worked in childcare for nine years. She began her childcare career with Tiny Tots Nursery leading the Pre-School room and later joined St Catherine’s Nursery where she has benefitted from learning new skills of how the early years team work together as part of a school.

Mrs Branch is incredibly passionate about the environment children learn in, and she is keen to pass on her passion for loose part play as well as real life resources.

Julie Kear

Teaching Assistant, Launceston Primary School

Mrs Kear has worked with children for the last 17 years. She began her career in a pre-school in Gloucestershire where she gained a level 3 qualification in early years. She then moved into a primary school where she worked in all years.

After moving to Cornwall with her family, she has been renovating her house. When she has free time she loves the outdoors and enjoys walking with her two dogs.

While working in school, Mrs Kear developed a passion in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. She has since trained as an emotional literacy support assistant alongside working on an Open University degree.

Charlotte Evenden

Teaching Assistant, Launceston Primary School

Miss Evenden has worked in childcare for 4 and a half years, starting her childcare career as a Nursery Assistant at Tiny Tots Nursery after completing Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development course. After 4 years at the Nursery she accepted a role to become a Nanny which had always been a dream of hers.

In Miss Evenden's spare time she enjoys the outdoors exploring the moors, beaches and riding her horse.

Miss Evenden looks forward to building new relationships with pupils, parents and staff.


Anna Ritchie 

Class Teacher, Launceston Primary School

Miss Ritchie has worked with children in a wide variety of roles for the last 23 years. She started her career working with children with disabilities within mainstream schools in a 1:1 capacity as well as supporting children in the role of family support worker with a variety of children and families in London. After moving back to Cornwall she worked as a Teaching Assistant which then sparked her passion and desire to become a teacher. She then completed her teacher training year at Marjons in Plymouth after finishing her degree in Childhood and Youth Studies.

Anna moved to Cornwall at the age of 3 and absolutely loves the life of the sea and moors that living in North Cornwall offers. She has a huge passion for Art and Music and enjoys delivering this element of the curriculum in exciting and innovative ways. Anna has taught across all ages in her career in a variety of schools in Cornwall including St Mewan, Egloskerry, Altarnun and Boyton. She is extremely excited about this new chapter of her teaching career at Launceston Primary School as the ethos of developing adventure, curiosity and a love of learning resonates closely with her own views of education and teaching.

Beth Ellis

School Secretary, Launceston Primary School

Mrs Ellis started her career at City College Plymouth as a Business Administration Apprentice where she did her NVQ Level 2 and 3. On completion of her NVQ, she gained a position at Ernesettle Community School in Plymouth as an administrator.

After moving to Launceston, she applied for, and was successful in obtaining the School Secretary position at Launceston Primary School. She is looking forward to meeting the new pupils, staff and community members.