Meet the Staff

Miss Claire Bader


Born in South Wales, I moved to the Westcountry in 1986 to go to The College of St Mark and St John (Marjons) to complete my BEd in Primary Education.
I was lucky to join the staff at Coads Green Primary School as a temporary teacher in January 2000. I was lucky to be appointed as Headteacher in January 2007.
I love living in Cornwall, although I remain a proud Welshie!
One of my favourite things to do is go and see live music - rock is my favourite genre, however I love all sorts of music.

My favourite cheese…This is almost an impossible question to answer as I am a total cheese fiend!!!
I think blue cheese would just about be the winner!

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Curled up on the sofa with a good book or a film with a glass of red wine, however I can often be seen walking the rugged North Cornwall coast in my waterproofs.

Proudest moment...My children make me proud every day.
Watching Ollie, my son, play for Launceston 2nd team (The Castles) always makes me proud.
Carys, my daughter, has worked hard and has an exciting career ahead of her in the Police force.

Something on my bucket list is...To have a go at driving a tractor.

Mrs Emma Gooding

School Administrator

I started working/ volunteering at Coads Green in January 2011. Initially working in the pre-school supporting a child with additional needs. & then supporting another child whilst they were in year 3 & 4. During this time, I 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!
Since working at Coads Green, I have remarried, moved home several times, and currently hoping to start to build our own home in the next 12 months. We are currently keeping chickens and would love to add to our menagerie in the foreseeable future.

Favourite cheese is….A difficult question as I love most cheese, but my go to has got to be Wensleydale (Gromit) with Cranberries.

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Cocooned in a fleecy blanket, curled up on the sofa with a hot chocolate topped up with Baileys, watching a good romcom.

Proudest moment...Several come to mind – super proud of my 3 children (now all grown up), I have a beautiful granddaughter, who makes me smile every time I see her. My wedding in 2018, to my best friend.

Something on my bucket list is...Retire before I turn 60 and hopefully travel the world with my husband before settling down to retired/grandparent/establishing our small holding.

Mrs Sarah Dempsey

Class 2 Teacher (Years 3 & 4)

I moved to the beautiful but windy county of Cornwall in 2005 with my husband and two daughters. We live on the cliffs so often my hair is ruined even before I reach the car.
Thank you, gusty North Cornwall!
After over 20 years in education, I currently teach Class 2 with a few afternoons in Class 3.
In my spare time I enjoy walking the coast path with my hairy hound, Herbert.
I love to bring both enthusiasm and creativity into the classroom to make learning fun and memorable!

My favourite cheese…Davidstow as I pass the Creamery every day. (A homage to a fromage!)

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Rug tufting in my studio, listening to podcasts.

Proudest moment...This never changes…. Am I allowed two? If so, giving birth to my two
lovely daughters.

Something on my bucket list is…A visit to Rome to the Colosseum! Every time I teach the Romans, I realise I STILL haven’t got there yet!

Mrs Hayley Howard

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

A.K.A. Princess Sausages

I first joined Coads Green Primary School in 2017, and find it to be a wonderful place to come to work every day. I love working in my mixed-aged class, where I teach nursery children, reception, year 1 and year 2. In 2012 I made the decision to train to be at teacher at Plymouth University, where I specialised in English. I am very passionate about teaching reading, writing and speaking skills, as I believe that they give children access to the rest of the curriculum and more opportunities later in life. I have lead English for the An Daras Trust since 2022. I am our school Wild Tribe leader and I love being outside, so always look forward to our whole- school sessions on Friday afternoons. I grew up in Devon, and now live in Launceston with my lovely husband and 2 very cute dogs. In my spare time time, I like to go for long walks on Dartmoor, spend time with family, and go on trips to the beach.

My favourite cheese…Anything that isn’t blue!

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….On rainy days I like to chuck on my waterproofs and go for a walk with my dogs- they never mind what the weather is like!

Something on my bucket list is...I’d like to go paragliding on Dartmoor, swimming in geothermal pools in Iceland, and relax in an ocean villa in the Maldives.

Mrs Maria Abbott

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

(A.K.A Mrs A)

Proud to be Cornish bred, I left home & worked for 9 years n hotels and catering. Then I was blessed to enjoy life being a Mum. For the last 30 + years, I have been working in education, doing my best to provide help & support to all children. My hobbies are gardening, wildlife, walking in scenic Cornwall and cooking.

Favourite Cheese is... This is a hard one for me...being a cheese lover, I especially like Cathedral city mature cheddar, Cornish Yarg & Castello creamy blue cheese.

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is...A walk in warm summer rain and admire the wonders of mother nature. Stay in doors cold winter rain, ponder, pause and watch it fall, then crack on with a chore, that has been waiting to be done.

Proudest moment
Personally being a proud Mum to 3 wonderful grown up sons, then being a proud Grandma, to my 5 precious granddaughters.

Something on my bucket list
1. Watch a live rugby Six Nations game, if possible, England V Wales.
2. Go to a concert to see Fisherman's friends.
3. Visit more places of beautiful Cornwall

Mrs Rachael Alford

Teaching Assistant

I grew up in Tavistock, and now live near Callington with my husband and two children. I have lots of extended family, who I love getting together with regularly. I feel very lucky to live in this beautiful part of the country. In my spare time I enjoy days out with my family, heading to beauty spots on the moors, coast and National Trust venues. I have been a TA at the lovely Coads Green Primary School for a number of years.

My favourite cheese…It's got to be mature cheddar - mmm!

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….A roast dinner with the family, then some card games, and a good movie.

Proudest moment...I am most proud of being a mum to my two lovely children.

Something on my bucket list is...I would love to visit the USA.

Mrs Hayley Budge

Teaching Assistant - Class 3

I was born and bred in Cornwall and come from a little village called Calstock which is on the river Tamar, I now live up on Bodmin moor with my husband a daughter, on a farm where we keep beef cattle and sheep along with 3 pet goats, some chickens (who like to try and come in on the sofa), 4 dogs and 6 cats.

My favourite cheese…Extra mature cheddar

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Baking with Isabell

Proudest moment...Becoming a mum

Something on my bucket list is...Wing walking and swim with dolphins

Mr Mark Goodright

I was born in Truro and grew up in Polzeath. I live just outside Callington and I have 3 fantastic children. I have been a teacher since 1991, having taught in Plymouth and various schools in South East Cornwall. I am currently at Coads Green, where I have the pleasure of teaching one of the best groups of children I have ever taught. I am a keen surfer and have been surfing for 45 years, mostly around North Cornwall, although I have been lucky enough to travel to some fantastic spots around the world. My other main hobby ,which I really enjoy, is playing music and I have performed in countless venues, in various different bands on numerous instruments over the past 40 years. I like to share my love of music with the children and hopefully inspire them into playing an instrument one day.

My favourite cheese…Dairylea triangles and that smoked cheese shaped like a sausage.

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Surfing somewhere on the North Coast or playing guitar in a local pub with good friends.

Proudest moment
The births of my 3 children.

Something on my bucket list is
A new bucket.

Mrs Tracy Cruise

HLTA/SEN Teaching Assistant

I have lived in the village of Coads Green for over thirty years working with and at the school for the vast majority of that time. Both my children went to Coads Green Primary School too. I received my honours degree in Composite engineering after working as a production engineer in Somerset. I have started to learn Spanish and consider myself an enthusiastic non-specialist. I love walking, especially the South west Coastal path, crochet and knitting (although only socks!) as well as reading and learning the piano. I have recently learnt how to tile!

My favourite cheese…Double Gloucester with chives.

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Either snuggled up on the sofa, in front of a roaring fire with a hot drink, my crochet and an audio book. Or if my family is altogether, playing a board game. Both would be after a bracing walk!

Proudest moment...Wow what a tricky question! I don’t think I am able to answer with just one moment as there are so many achievements of my family and the school community.

Something on my bucket list is...To paddleboard with my family.

Mrs Leisa Rippin

SEN Teaching Assistant

I was born and bred in New Zealand. I met my Welsh/Cornish partner out in N.Z, we married and then moved to the UK 12 years ago. Prior to that I had my first job at Adidas and then I had my own Bistro. I was then blessed to have my first daughter and joined NZ fire service where I served for 13 years. 6 children later, I am blessed to be working at Coads Green as a SEN Teaching assistant. I also run a spiritual growth and mediation group.

Favourite Cheese...Cornish Yarg

Favourite way to spend a rainy day nature either walking with my dog around the moors looking at archaeological finds or at home reading a good book.

Proudest moment...becoming a mum and granny and watching my little humans blossoming.

Something on my bucket list is...with my husband, run our own farm with children & young adults with special needs and those who need some more love and guidance in their life, learning about nature and life skills..

Mrs Caroline Saunders

Kitchen Assistant

I grew up on a dairy farm near Boscastle and went to Boscastle Primary School and then on to Sir James Smiths Comprehensive School in Camelford. I now live near Bodmin Moor. I started working as a catering assistant at Coads Green Primary School in 2012. I play the baritone in St Gennys Silver Band and enjoy playing in the band at various events and festivals.

My favourite cheese…Brie cheese, I love the white rind the best!

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….Watching a good film or baking some tasty treats for my family.

Proudest moment...Becoming a mum

Something on my bucket list is...To visit the Northern Lights and see the multi coloured display.

Miss Molly Gooding

Health & Wellbeing Ambassador

I am the cutest dog and very well behaved. I have been at Coads Green Primary School for 18 months and I have a very important job. I look after the staff and pupils and am always there for them, especially if they are having a bad day. I always do my best to put a smile back on their face.

My favourite cheese…Cheddar

Favourite way to spend a rainy day is….
I love to curl up on someone’s lap and snuggle. I DO NOT like to go for a walk when it is too rainy.

Proudest moment
When I came to live with my Mummy and Daddy Gooding.

Something on my bucket list is
I’d like a doggy companion in the near future or someone else with four legs to play with.