Meet the Staff

Miss Claire Bader


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 Gooding

School Administrator

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 also enjoy cycling and since lockdown have enjoyed a little bit of gardening.

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, 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 Sarah Dempsey

Class 2 Teacher (Years 3 & 4)

Before becoming a teacher,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, my dog Herbie and a cat who likes to think it is 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?)

Mrs Hayley Howard

Class 1 Teacher (PreSchool, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) and English and Science Subject leader.

I grew up next to a farm in Devon, and now I live in a house in Launceston which looks out over Dartmoor, with my partner Christopher. I decided to become a teacher in 2013 while I was working in an accountancy office- this was a huge change but the best decision I have ever made! I enjoy taking pictures, and ran my own wedding photography business for several years. At the weekends I like to go out exploring our beautiful corner of the country with my dog, Rosie, and I like to spend time with my family.

Favourite biscuit: I’m not fussy!

Favourite holiday destination: I’ve had some lovely sunny holidays in France and Greece, and I love trying (and often failing!) to communicate in other languages. I’d really like to pay my relatives in New York another visit in the next couple of years too. I love going to new places, but I think I am probably happiest in a tent somewhere along the coast of Cornwall.

What is your proudest moment? The children in class one make me feel proud every day- I am very lucky.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Good teachers never grow up!

Mrs Maria Abbott

H.L.T.A. Class 1 & Breakfast Club Manager

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 Rachael Alford

Teaching Assistant

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

Mrs Hayley Budge

Teaching Assistant - Class 3

I was born in a village alongside the River Tamar. I used to love going to my Nan & Grandad's house at weekends so I could help on the farm, now I live locally on a farm with my husband and daughter along side my mother-in-law. My favourite time of year is Spring because it brings everything to life.

Favourite biscuit? Chocolate hobnob

Favourite holiday destination? Turkey

What is your proudest moment? Becoming a mum to my beautiful daughter and watching her turn into a kind, caring young lady.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I'd like to be like Tinkerbell and live in Neverland not growing up.

Mrs Tracy Cruise

HLTA/SEN Teaching Assistant

Learning Support Advisor and Bantersarus Rex! (Raww)

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

Mrs Caroline Saunders

Kitchen Assistant

I grew up on a farm in Boscastle, I now live near Bodmin Moor. My previous job was with North Cornwall District Council where I worked as a Planning Support Officer for 15 years. I left to be a Mum to my daughter. I play the Solo Tenor horn position with the St. Genny's Silver Band and enjoy performing at various engagements, events & functions.

What is your favourite biscuit? Chocolate Digestive, Chocolate Finger, Chocolate Chip Cookie - practically any biscuit providing it has chocolate with it.

What is your favourite holiday destination? Cornwall, Wales, Peak District & Isle of Man.

What is your proudest moment? Riding my Kawasaki GPZ500 motorbike around the Isle of Man TT course, on a day when the roads are made one way for a few hours & the public can ride the route during the TT races.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A Cat - so I can sleep, get fed, sleep, be playful and then go back to sleep.

Mrs Ruth Warne

Lunchtime Supervisor

I have lives in the Launceston area for all my 64 years, I went to Trekenner School and Launceston College. I started work at Coads Green school in 1986 when my daughter started school here. I enjoy gardening, moorland and coastal walks. I'm a member of the National Trust and most of all I enjoy spending time with my four grandchildren.

What is your favourite biscuit? Custard Creams and Milk Chocolate Home wheat

What is your favourite holiday destination? Yorkshire & Scotland

What is your proudest moment? Being a Grandmother

What do you want to be when you grow up? I would like to learn more about flower arranging.

Leisa Rippin

Teaching Assistant/Lunchtime Supervisor

I was born and bred in New Zealand but moved to the UK 10 years ago as I met the man of my dreams (my husband who is British). I have travelled the world and my hobbies include long distance walking, gardening, mental health, I love learning and I love my job.
I started volunteering at Coads Green which led to employment. I currently have two roles, I work as a Teaching assistant mainly in Class 2 and I am one of the lunchtime supervisors.

What is your favourite biscuit? A Mallow Puff (you can only get these in New Zealand) they are similar to a tea cake but not so tasty.

What is your proudest moment? Being a Mum to 6 children, Grandmother to 2 children and working here at Coads Green.

What is your favourite holiday destination? Long Beach in California because you can mingle with the rich and famous.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I will always be a kid at heart, I don't want to have any regrets in life.