Mrs Christina Medland - Head of School
Mrs Medland joined Altarnun Primary School in September 2017 with responsibility for EYFS, KS1 and English subject lead. Mrs Medland began her career in teaching following many years working within the Preschool sector and leading the Bude Early Years Forum. She gained a Bachelor of Education (Hons) from the University of St Mark and St John in 2006 and has worked in Cornwall throughout her teaching career, having experience of both small and large school settings and mixed aged teaching.
Mrs Medland has served on the Senior Leadership Team in a large primary as Mathematics and Key Stage 1 lead and Newly Qualified Teacher Mentor. She is passionate about early reading and enjoys leading English within the school as well as History.
Mrs Medland has lived in Cornwall since she was a young child. She has many interests including walking the local coast paths, travel, singing, reading, history, sewing crafts but mainly spending time with her family. In the summer she enjoys tractor rallies – sometimes exhibiting the family’s classic tractors and stationary engines. As well as enjoying short breaks around the UK, she has enjoyed holidays around Europe and North Africa, experiencing new cultures and making memories with her now late husband. Mrs Medland lives with her kitten Mabel.
Mrs Alicia Watson - Class 1 Teacher (EYFS/KS1)
Mrs Watson received a batcherlor’s degree in Media Arts and Sociology from Plymouth University. After this, she began working as a senior support therapist to adults with autism. In 2017, she decided to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a primary teacher and began a PGCE Primary course at Marjon’s University. In 2019, Mrs Watson joined the team at Altarnun Primary school as a KS2 teacher.
After Mrs Watson and her husband welcomed the birth of their son she returned to Altarnun to work with EYFS and KS1 and has now taught every year group.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, keeping fit and going for walks around the countryside.
Mrs Sarah Green - SEN & Inclusion Coordinator
Mrs Green is the SENCO Inclusion Lead across our Primary Cluster. Following the completion of her BEd, Mrs Green went on to further her passion for education through completing a MA in Education whilst teaching. She also holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.
Mrs Green has taught in a variety of schools, across all age ranges, in the West Midlands, Plymouth and Cornwall. Mrs Green has a passion for Early Years Education and supporting children with additional needs.
Never wanting to sit still for too long, she loves nothing more than being outside, looking after her range of animals and completing gardening projects.
Miss Laura Warren - Class 1 Teacher (EYFS/KS1)
Miss Warren is a graduate of the University of Exeter with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. She has worked with children for over 10 years in various different capacities- as a private tutor, through voluntary work with after school art clubs and respite projects for young carers, as an online ESL teacher and, most recently, as a teaching assistant at Egloskerry Primary School.
Miss Warren lived in Spain for 9 years and loves to share her knowledge of Spanish with others. Outside of school, she enjoys baking, yoga, reading and dressmaking.
Mrs Natalie Donnelly - Class 3 Teacher (KS2)
Mrs Donnelly previously worked in housing in the private sector then in the public sector as a Housing Officer and mental health support worker. After having a family of her own she retrained as a teacher; completing a foundation degree in Teaching and Learning and a BA(hons) in Professional Practice in Education whilst working as an HLTA and Cover Supervisor. Mrs Donnelly then completed a SCITT course to gain qualified teacher status and finished her NQT year in July 2021.
She has lived in Launceston nearly all her life and enjoys reading, cooking and is a member of Launceston road runners. She is hoping to complete a marathon in the next 12 months.
Mrs Terri Daniel - HLTA
Mrs Alice Selleck - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Paula Hearn - Teaching Assistant
My role (Supporting Teaching and Learning), at Altarnun School, is for me the best job. For the past 15 years I have developed the skills to support teachers and the pupils in making the most of their learning opportunities. I have NVQs in supporting teaching and learning and Specialist support. I have trained in Nurturing for positive behaviours in learning and in 2019 I gained Higher level status. This year I have also gained a mentoring qualification. I love Cornwall and in my spare time I enjoy the outdoors lifestyle (Beach, countryside and my garden), crafting, painting and cooking or baking. I am also always looking for rainbows.
Lesley Bain - School Secretary
Mrs Bain started her career in the RAF and spent several years at different locations in the UK and overseas.
After starting a family in 2008 she became a childminder for 6 years.
In December 2014 she returned to Cornwall and joined Altarnun Primary School in April 2015.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, running and walks on the moors.