ICT/SEN/Site Staff/Care Team/MFL

Maggie Simpson

IT Technician

Background: Maggie was a youth and schools worker in Surrey before moving to Cornwall in 2000. She started at Blue School in 2001 as a one-to-one, then a general teaching assistant, full time librarian and finally as the IT technician.  Why did Maggie choose education? When Maggie moved to Cornwall she wanted to work with children and young people. She knows it's always rewarding working with children as they have a natural curiosity, a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for play and learning, all of which have a positive effect on those who work with them. 
 
Outside school: Maggie has two gorgeous cats, one ginger and one grey tabby and they are brothers! She loves the outdoors, walking and enjoying taking photographs.
 
Most unusual unknown fact about Maggie: At the age of 11, whilst at primary school, she threw a rounders ball 41 metres and taking the record of furthest throw. She holds the record to this day.
 
Favourite quote: “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” The Twits by Roald Dahl
Jane Pieniak

Pastoral Support

Background: Jane arrived in Cornwall 15 years ago to start a new chapter of her life and was lucky to see a vacancy at St Columb Minor for a lunchtime supervisor. This was just the start of her journey at St Columb Minor. Over the years she fulfilled a number of roles including one to one teaching assistant, class teaching assistant and currently offers behaviour and pastoral support across the whole school and is one of the schools Designated Safeguarding Leads.
 
Why did Jane choose to work in school? Jane has a strong understanding and empathy for all children especially those who find school a challenge. As someone who struggled at school herself, she understands the barriers children face both academically and emotionally around being at school. Jane helps the children build confidence and resilience to help support throughout the school day ensuring positive and successful experiences at school.
 
Outside of school: Jane enjoys woodland walks with her family and spends a lot of time down at Charlestown harbour enjoying the Tall Ships and community. Most unusual fact about Jane: Jane married a pirate on a Tall Ship in Charlestown.
 
Favourite quote: Be grateful for all the obstacles in your life. They have strengthened you as you continue with your journey.
Miranda Heathcoate

Speech & Language Teaching Assistant

Nigel Timpson

Site Supervisor

Phil Midgeley

Assistant Caretaker

Lisa Hedaux

Care Team

Julie Howe

Care Team

Yvonne Crumpton

Modern Foreign Language Teacher

Cath Stancliffe

Modern Foreign Language Teacher