Staff at Kites
Mrs Hamshaw (Assistant Headteacher/ARB Lead teacher/SENDCo/Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Where do I start? I work in the best school ever, doing the best job ever, with the best people and students ever.
I took up the post of SENDCo at Cape Cornwall School in September 2011 and haven’t looked back. Since then my role has grown significantly and the Headteacher supported me in my enthusiasm for responding positively to the local authority when they were seeking a school to accommodate an ARB.
My passion for getting the best possible experience for students with additional needs comes from primarily from having a daughter with autism. I have first-hand experience of the frustrations that parents and carers feel, and completely embrace how important the voice of parents and the students themselves is.
I believe in being a reflective practitioner. No two days at Cape are the same and I like to think of that as a real perk to my role…because every day I have to find new solutions, and I get to learn so much from what’s gone well and what hasn’t. Students are often the people who provide me with the answers….as long as we give them with the chance to work collaboratively with us.
My teaching career began when I went back to school at the age of 30! I began as an English teacher but knew that my heart was in special educational needs.
I have continuously strived to be a better practitioner and have sought qualifications and courses which I believe would facilitate that:
- PGCert: Difficulties in Literacy Development
- AST: Advanced Specialist Teacher
- AMBDA; Associate Member British Dyslexia Association
- PGSEN: Post Graduate certificate in special educational needs
- Med: Masters in Education with distinction (research into special educational needs)
I have also been appointed as one of the county’s Specialist Leaders in Education (SLEs), specialising in special educational needs.
Past jobs: waitress, cook, kitchen assistant, support worker for Spectrum.
Favourite subject when I was at school: English
Pets: Two dogs (mad-Ron, a hectic Springer Spaniel, and Ailla, a border terrier) and a cat called Diego (called that because he had fangs when we adopted him from being a feral cat, close to death)
Hobbies: Cooking, crafts, and being out in my camper van
Something people don’t know about me: My mum was a land-army girl and has a posh badge from the Prime Minister.
My favourite colour: Teal, orange, green…..actually, anything bold (I don’t do pastels!)
Favourite food: Anything I can pick up, i.e. spare ribs!
Mrs Glenville (TA and Kites’ sports)
Past jobs: Provisions counter assistant, barmaid
Favourite subjects when I was at school: cookery and P.E
Pets: one cat and one dog
Hobbies: Walking, reading and baking
Something people don’t know about me: My grandad was the next to last man to step off the man engine at Levant mine before it collapsed.
No favourite colour
Favourite food: Roast dinner, steak and chips, and homemade pasty.
Dislikes: using the computer, bullying, unfairness, dentist, not being able to do things
Mrs Macguire (TA)
Past jobs: Interior design and running a furniture business importing
Pets: Two cats (although had three but one left home) and I also adopted a dog (Poppy, a little Jack Russell),she is adorable and I love her (she loves me too)
Hobbies: Would love the time to paint but things are a little busy right now. I love to entertain and cook meals for friends; also I love to go walking with my partner, Kevin. I would love to have a second language really.
Favourite Meal; Tapas, although I do love Guinea- fowl in white wine…. yummy!!
Dislikes: I don’t like anything negative
Favourite colour: I love them all; they all bring colour into your life!
Something people may not know about me: I think I come across as harsh at time but I am a very soft hearted person indeed! I love my children, I love every day of my life, but I really love my job and what it stands for, each and every day. I love a laugh and a giggle – it’s good for you.
Mr Mason (TA)
Two past jobs: Care support worker, painter and decorator
Favourite subject at school: Art (and went on to study sculpture at university)
No pets in my household (My children keep me busy enough!)
Hobbies: Family outings, walking, camping, playing Xbox with my boys, music festivals, cooking and meeting with friends
Favourite Meal would have to be a hefty portion of lasagne
Something people might not know about me: I’m originally from Birmingham but moved to Cornwall in 2001
I dislike rollercoasters and have only ever been on one. Alton Towers would be a wasted trip!
Mrs Semmens (TA)
I have been working at Cape for 25 years….so should be getting a silver award by now! I live by the sea and love sunsets
Past jobs: I have worked in the school canteen and then became a TA
Favourite subject at school: Maths
Pets: I have here cats: Mooch, Tinkerbell and CC (he’s a Christmas cat because he turned up at Christmas)
Hobbies: Sewing, cooking and knitting
Favourite food: Roast beef
Favourite colour: Pink
Dislikes: I hate crab
Something people might not know about me: I was a pupil at Cape Cornwall School!
Mrs Stocker (ARB Teacher)
I was born and raised in Cornwall, even attending Cape Cornwall School myself. Before teacher training, I did a degree in dance and drama, and I did a diploma in educational psychology. I am a qualified Thrive Practitioner.
Favourite Subjects at School: Drama; I loved school productions and being on the stage.
Favourite Colour: Blue, because it reminds me of the sky and the sea
Favourite meal: Chinese takeaway
Hobbies: watching films, dancing, amateur dramatics, and spending time with the people I love.
Dislikes: Blancmange and jelly
Pets: Cat called Merlin
Something that not many people know about me: I worked at Woburn Safari Park
Mr Williams (TA)
Hello! My name is Mr Williams. I have worked as a TA in Kites since it opened in 2013.
I grew up in South Wales. When I was in school I really enjoyed history and rugby. My first pet was a Jack Russell terrier called Gypsy...she was very mischievous!
I moved to Cornwall in 2001 from Edinburgh in Scotland where I had lived and worked since completing my nurse training in 1995. I worked as a special needs nurse for many years; a role I thoroughly enjoyed during this time. I was also lucky enough to work in America and Australia. I really enjoy travelling and exploring new countries.
I love cakes as the children in Kites know only too well! My favourite cake is sponge cake usually accompanied by a mug of tea.
Outside of school I love to spend time with my son. I like to be outdoors and doing something active living in Cornwall usually involves the beach. I like to read and watch sport mostly rugby and football. My favourite colour is dark blue.
Something not many people know about me is that I completed a sky diving course.
Something I really don't like is celery:-( ( I would ban it from school!! ) Look forward to meeting you if you visit!
Mrs Tamblin (HLTA:Kites)
Before I moved to Cornwall and entered education I worked in sport and recreation. Having worked in gyms and aerobics one of my favourite jobs was working with young people who had been referred to the gym by their GP as part of a weight loss programme, very rewarding. I also spent four years working for an outdoor education provider delivering residential activities to young people. I have recently qualified as a Thrive practitioner.
When I was at school my favourite subject was PE, probably because it meant I could be outside.
My favourite colour is green because it reminds me of the outdoors.
My favourite meal is definitely a chicken roast dinner.
My hobbies are walking my lovely border collie Jess, going to the gym, travelling, and enjoying time with my friends and family.
My dislikes are maths, sitting still and really fishy fish. Something not many people know about me....? I'm a bit of an open book!