The Staff

Mrs Laura Mead

Headteacher & SENCo, Designated Safeguarding Lead

As well as being the Headteacher I teach in Explorers Class in the afternoons.

My teaching background has been almost exclusively in small schools and with mixed age classes so I have a wide experience in dealing with the issues that are peculiar to these. I feel strongly about the benefits of small schools and how they allow us to focus on the needs of all our pupils and their families. I am also passionate about promoting the aspirations and life-chances of our children and want to make sure that they have lots of opportunities to explore their community locally and in Cornwall, the rest of the UK and Globally.

Outside of teaching and schools, I have 3 children. I enjoy spending time supporting their interests in music, dance and rugby and also looking after our 2 spaniels. I enjoy cooking for friends and family and also love to eat out. I love reading and have always got a book on the go and when I have time I love to relax in front of the TV with a good box set or movie. I love all types of music and go to concerts and the theatre as often as I can. I also love to sing myself, especially in the car!

Miss Zoe West

Class Teacher, English/Humanities/Art/DT lead

I have been with Trekenner for several years and currently teach Year 3 and 4 in Badgers Class. I have a broad range of interests. My love of History, the environment and creativity have influenced my teaching and help me lead History, Geography, Art and Design Technology with enthusiasm. I also run the school Eco Committee, we are currently working on our Silver Flag for the school. I have just completed my MA in Education where much of my focus was on Reading and SEN: I love children's books and reading.
In my free time I like being outside: Trail running, gardening and walking my dog.

Mrs Sally Dingle

Learning Support/Lunchtime Supervisor, Morning Premises Supervisor and Breakfast Club Leader

I support Owls Class in the mornings and am also a Lunchtime Supervisor. I am also the morning premises supervisor and I lead breakfast club.

Mrs Caroline Barnes

Catering Manager

I prepare meals at lunch and snack times, taking care to ensure that the children have an exciting and nutritionally balanced menu.

Mrs Eira Hancock


I am the school Secretary and am responsible for the day to day running of the office, communicating with parents and ensuring the school runs smoothly on a day to day basis. I love working at Trekenner because it has a friendly, family feel.

Mrs Denise Sanders

Teaching Assistant

I am a specialist SEN teaching assistant and currently support children with EAL. I am extremely passionate about my work and believe in adapting learning to make it child-centred and focused on the needs of individuals. I have a diverse background which includes being a qualified nurse and working in schools across the world.

Mrs Helen Sinton

Pre-School Teaching Assistant

Helen has worked for many years as a teaching assistant in different settings and we are delighted that she has now brought her wealth of experience and kind, caring attitude to the pre-school at Trekenner.

Ms Jenny Humphries

Teacher, Early Reading/EYFS Leader. Maths Subject

I teach KS1 in Squirrels class every morning and lead early reading and the EYFS. I am also the Maths lead across the school

Mrs Shelley Jeffery

Class Teacher, Subject Leader for Science and Music

I joined Trekenner Primary School in September 2021. I teach Years 5 & 6 in Owls Class. I am highly passionate about music and before training as a teacher worked within the Cornwall Music Hub providing high quality music provision to schools across Cornwall. I am very excited to bring these skills to Trekenner and help to enrich music within the school.

Ms Samantha Wonnacott

HLTA, DDSL, Deputy Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead.

I support learning in Squirrel class every morning and work across the school in the afternoons. I am a thrive practitioner and am highly passionate about supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Mrs Kirsty Stapleton


I am a specialist SEN HTLA and have significant experience of working with children with a range of complex needs. I am passionate about inclusion and currently work as a teaching assistant in Badgers Class.

Mrs Alycia Mclaren

Pre-School Manager & EYFS TA

I am the Manager of The Burrow, our fantastic Pre-School. I have a level 3 qualification in Children's Care, Learning and Development and have previously been the Deputy Manager of a Nursery. I've worked in a variety of roles in nurseries, schools and the community, caring for children with additional needs.

Miss Poppy Newbitt

1:1 SEN Teaching Assistant

I have a Level 3 Qualification is Supporting Teaching & Learning and have a lot of experience working as a 1:1 teaching assistant in different schools. My role at Trekenner is to support a child with additional needs which I find very rewarding.

Mrs Kelly Menhenitt

Teaching Assistant

My own children came to Trekenner School and I now enjoy working here to support in EYFS and afterschool clubs. I have just passed my Level 2 Qualification in Supporting Teaching & Learning and am studying for my Level 3.