Foundation Stage

Stephanie Begley

Class Teacher

Steph began her teaching career at St Columb Minor Academy in 2008. Her passion for teaching and learning is firmly rooted in Early Years Foundation Stage practice. Since 2015, Steph has successfully led the Early Years phase at St Columb Minor. Alongside her role in school, Steph is also an Early Years specialist leader and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for Early Years with others.

Why did Steph choose teaching?
Steph entered the profession because she is eager to make a difference to young children’s lives. She adamantly believes that teaching is one of the most direct ways to make a lifelong impact.

Outside of school:
Steph enjoys walking along the coastal paths and enjoys visiting the beautiful beaches here in Cornwall.

Most unusual unknown fact about Steph:
She once broke her collarbone going down a slide backwards.

Favourite quote: 'To teach is to touch a life forever.'
Amy Clarkson

Class Teacher

Amy has been teaching for 5 years. She first started her degree in Early Years education at 19 and worked in a nursery in Crantock; where she put what she had learnt into practise. The nursery had a fantastic outdoor space and Amy was lucky enough to be able to learn from a forest school leader. She has a passion for psychology and understanding behaviour, which heavily influences how she teaches. Previously, Amy has completed initial teacher training and a PGCE course, and more recently she has gone on to complete a diploma in Trauma Informed Schools. This looked at the neuroscience behind behaviour, alongside psychological theories. After taking a year out to have her first child, Amy is now completing a Master’s Degree in Education.

Why did Amy choose teaching?
Amy always wanted to be a teacher. As an adult she achieved her ambition of becoming a dancer in the West End. Following this, she became a dance teacher. After volunteering in a school, Amy loved the creative aspects of learning in the classroom. She then made a big decision and decided to go straight into teaching! Amy has always been fascinated with how experiences impact both learners and the learning that takes place. Therefore, on a daily basis, she seeks to provide a calm, empathetic and fun place for children to learn.

Outside of school
Amy really enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. She also loves baking and has created many cakes for friends and family over the past few years. This includes a half pipe cake for a friend’s son, who loves his scooter, and a baby bathtub for another friend's baby shower.

Most interesting fact about Amy
She once spent four days trekking through the Andes, reaching 4,000ft to see Machu Pichu in Peru.

Favourite Quote: 'Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.' Dumbledore, Harry Potter.
Nettie Miles

Teaching Assistant

Jo Law

Teaching Assistant

Maddy Irving

1:1 Teaching Assistant

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