Meet the Staff

Mrs Claire Tomkies

Claire Tomkies Position within the school Headteacher

About you Originally from South Wales, I have lived in the South West for nearly 30 years. I’ve been teaching since I qualified in 1990. I love exploring the North Cornish coastline and can often be found walking the coastal paths, come rain or shine! I am passionate about all things Welsh – especially rugby!

Favourite biscuit? Jammy Dodger

Favourite holiday destination Anywhere warm and sunny, Lanzarote is a particular favourite.

What is your proudest moment? Apart from watching my son Oliver score his first try for Launceston RFU U12’s and watching my daughter Carys sing on stage, achieving a “Distinction” in my Masters in Education in December 2014.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A pilot in the RAF so I can fly a fast jet!

Mrs Emma Mills

IMG_0221b Position within the school School Administrator

About you I started working/ volunteering at Coads Green in January 2011. Initially I worked in Caterpillars supporting a child with additional needs. I then supported another child whilst they were in year 3 & 4 and during this time covered maternity leave in the school office. Since September 2014, I have been working as the full time School Administrator, a job which I thoroughly enjoy and no 2 days are ever the same! When I’m not at work, I try to keep busy by attending a local gym. I am also cycling quite a lot at the moment as I am preparing myself for one of my biggest challenges to date, which is cycling from London to Paris in July in aid of a local charity, Cornwall Down’s Syndrome Support Group.

Favourite biscuit? This has caused a few discussions in the staff room, if a Jaffa Cake is a biscuit then that would be my favourite but if not, then a Plain Chocolate Digestive would win!

Favourite holiday destination? Still looking for it.

What is your proudest moment? I have selected a few as I couldn’t decide… Having my 3 beautiful children, studying for a degree whilst working & raising my family, completing the London Moon Walk in 2013 and one for the future, crossing the finish line on the London to Paris Bike Ride in July 2015.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Why do I have to grow up?


Mrs Jenny Chester

Position within the school Class 3 Teacher (Years 5 & 6) and Maths subject leader

About you I came to teaching in my thirties having had a career in clothing manufacture for a number of years.  My family and I moved to Cornwall nearly 15 years ago and soon after I joined the team at Coads Green.  I enjoy spending time with my family having days out and walking the dog.  My passion is rugby much like Mrs Tomkies but unfortunately she supports Wales whereas I support England!

Favourite biscuit? Malted Milk

Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere that allows me to do lots of sightseeing.

What is your proudest moment? Too many to choose just one.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m not going to grow up! And what does grown up look like?

Mrs Sarah DempseyIMG_0093b

Position within the school Class 2 Teacher (Years 3 & 4) and English subject leader

About you I have been teaching for about 7 years and at Coads Green for 5 years.  Before that I was a children’s illustrator and author, having had a career as a graphic designer.  Everything I ever designed or wrote was for children so becoming a teacher was an obvious step.  I live on the cliffs in Tintagel with my husband, two teenage girls and a cat that thinks he’s a dog.

Favourite biscuit? Mcvities Chocolate Biscuit

Favourite holiday destination? I don’t have one – Everywhere is exciting to visit around the world.

What is your proudest moment? Having my babies and receiving my first box of printed books that I wrote.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be the teacher the children remember with fondness and with great memories of their time in Class 2.

If Mrs Dempsey were to be an animal, she would like to be ‘A Quokka!’ (where can you go wrong with a cuddly animal that smiles?)

Mr Oliver Stephens

IMG_0100b Position within the school Class 1 Teacher

About you I qualified as a teacher in 2012 after completing a BEd at Plymouth University. As part of my degree I taught in     up-state New York and travelled across America. I also taught English in the Czech Republic. I love music- listening to, going to gigs or performing. I’m a fiercely proud Cornishman who also loves playing rugby and gig rowing.

Favourite biscuit? Anything with more chocolate than biscuit!

Favourite holiday destination Polzeath, Isles of Scilly and New York – so far…

What is your proudest moment? Singing in Blackpool Opera house to win a National YFC entertainment competition. Writing and launching my book in 2012. Beating Redruth to win the Cornwall U19’s rugby final. Booking my musical heroes, The Kinks, and raising £3900 for CLIC Sargent in memory of Rob Bell. Being named “best actor” in Cornwall for our pantomime.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy in whatever I do!


Mrs Toni HamblyIMG_0043b

Position within the school  Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Teacher

About you I have been at Coads Green within the EYFS for 9 years taking on many responsibilities and relishing them all. The outdoors is my passion and I’m keen to harness this in my teaching. Outside of school this continues and I love spending time with my family, having fun and taking them on adventures and making memories.

Favourite biscuit? Any biscuit that doesn’t drop in my tea when I dunk it!

Favourite holiday destination? Anywhere and everywhere – I just love to explore & experience new things.

What is your proudest moment? Having my beautiful & very precious children, followed closely by every time my class pulls it out of the bag when performing on stage for their families; creating proud moments gets me every time!

What do you want to be when you grow up? Very old!

Mrs Maria AbbottIMG_0161b

Position within the school HLTA – mostly working in Class 1 with Years 1 & 2, Breakfast Club Manager

About you Cornish bred, I left home & worked for 9 years in hotels & catering.  Then I was blessed to enjoy life being a Mum. For the last 20 years + I have been working in education, doing my best to provide help and support to children. My hobbies are: gardening, wildlife, walking in scenic Cornwall and cooking.

Favourite biscuit? Rich Tea

Favourite holiday destination? Lake District in Cumbria

What is your proudest moment? Personally being a Mum to 3 wonderful sons, then being a Grandma to my Granddaughters.  Professionally – Gaining my Level 2 Maths with help from Mrs Chester.

What do you want to be when you grow up? To be happy, secure and comfortable when I retire!

Mrs Clare Norgate


Position within the school Higher Level Teaching Assistant

About you Gosh! I’m the oldest of 4 children  and I have 4 children- 2 boys and 2 girls – I love them to bits. I love reading, walking, knitting and music. I don’t like cooking, gardening or cleaning!

Favourite biscuit? Custard Creams – yum, yum!

Favourite holiday destination Anywhere/Everywhere

What is your proudest moment? A few of those! passing my English degree whilst working and bringing up 4 children with my husband working away.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I love my new job now, but maybe a librarian.

Mrs Rachael Alford


Position within the school  Teaching Assistant

About you I live in Callington with my husband Mark and son Thomas and daughter Kaitlyn. I was born and grew up in Tavistock. I went to university in Exmouth, and was a Foundation Stage teacher for 8 years in Plymstock. I love days out in Cornwall and Devon, especially coastal walks, cups of coffee and ice-cream!! I enjoy Zumba dancing to keep fit. And of course I love spending time and playing with my little boy!

Favourite biscuit? Chocolate fingers

Favourite holiday destination Rome

What is your proudest moment? Becoming a Mum

What do you want to be when you grow up? A dancer

Miss Jacqueline EmbureyIMG_0166b

Position within the school Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor.

About you A self confessed all original fuss pot! (I refuse to be labelled OCD) Generally an outdoor girl, but I love to snuggle up on the sofa and watch a good comedy – usually with my daughter.  I enjoy baking and when time allows, I enjoy a good book.

Favourite biscuit? Jacob’s fig rolls – No other brand will do!

Favourite holiday destination? What is a holiday? It would have to be peaceful, interesting, warm, sunny…………..

What is your proudest moment? My own children are my proudest moments – motherhood, for me, was, is and always will be the best of life’s experiences.  I am always proud of their achievements.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A fairy tale Princess – of course! That’s if I have to grow up.

Mrs Lis Reid


Position within the school Teaching assistant

About you I am married with two children, two cats and two tropical fish tanks. I like cross stitch and willow weaving and re enact the English Civil war.

Favourite biscuit? Lemon Puffs

Favourite holiday destination Malta

What is your proudest moment? My daughter getting her nursing degree.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy and rich.

Mrs Tracy CruiseIMG_0046b

Position within the school Learning Support Advisor and Bantersarus Rex! (Raww)

About you I enjoy visiting the theatre, reading and going on adventures. I have 2 sassy, fab children and I can’t be tamed!

Favourite biscuit? Jaffa Cakes…yes, I went there.

Favourite holiday destination? Bonne Wee Scotland.

What is your proudest moment? Doing the Moonwalk and watching my son perform and my daughter communicating/embracing in different languages/cultures.

What do you want to be when you grow up? “If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never.” – JM Barrie, Peter Pan