Mr Matthew Avery
Head of School
Blisland Primary Academy is a wonderful, small school, nestled on a hill overlooking fields and woodland on the banks of a beautiful river, and I am the lucky person who gets to work with all the fantastic pupils and staff here! I have been teaching for over 13-years and have worked at a leadership level for the past 3-years. Over my career I have taught in Devon and Cornwall. I have taught in big schools, intermediate and small schools: joining the Blisland Community is something I am very much looking forward to.
I am married with 2 children (Eliza 2-years-old and George 7-years-old). I love sport; growing up I played football and rugby for Cornwall but my knees have now decided those sports are beyond me so I spend my free time surfing and Mountain-Biking – often using Cardinham woods and Tamar Trails down-hill tracks. I look forward to working with the whole community in making Blisland a stand-out school filled with rich learning opportunities.
We have a committed team filled wonderful children. I listen to the views of the pupils and parents as we move towards our goals. I believe that Blisland has many strengths and the relationship between parents, staff and pupils is crucial to the success of our school. By working together we can ensure that children enjoy their learning experiences, make good progress and leave us with the skills and attitudes to be successful. I have high expectations of the children and will continue to expect excellent behaviour, along with a positive attitude to learning so that they can enjoy the challenges and adventures of primary education
I began my career in education almost 12 years ago, when I was employed as a TA. Over the years, I have worked in all the year groups but in the past six years, I have worked in classes across Key Stage 2.
Whilst working at a previous school, I began studying for a Foundation Degree for Teaching Assistants and during that time, I achieved my Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status. Having greater opportunities to plan and teach small groups spurred me on to complete a BA Honours in Education and Training at the grand old age of 50!
Every day is a chance to help pupils achieve their best as well as an opportunity to learn something myself. I am very fortunate to do work that I enjoy.
I have lived in Cornwall for 25 years and have a son, who is almost 17, and a daughter, who is almost 19. I have two brothers and an uncle and aunt who live in Northern Ireland and I look forward to visiting them at the beginning of the summer holidays each year. When I have got the time, I love to "escape" with a good book and a large mug of coffee!
I love teaching at Blisland. Everyone is so friendly and it is wonderful to be in such a beautiful setting. As I only work part time I am also lucky enough to have time to do the other things I enjoy - walking my dog and spending time with my family. We are lucky enough to live almost right on the beach. Can you guess where my favourite place is?
I taught in the Midlands from 1990 to 2012 when I moved to Cornwall with my family. I was delighted to gain the job here and I've never looked back!
I have been in a secretarial role since I left college and have worked in a solicitors for several years and then for Cornwall Council since 2004. I have lots of interests including walking and spending valuable time with my family and friends
I have lived in Blisland for the past 21 years and have been associated with Blisland School through my own children for the past 14 years and have been an active member of the PTA during their school years. I am passionate about the school and all it has to offer the children. I studied Child Psychology, Social Biology and Art at A Level and have recently attained my HLTA qualification. I enjoy an outdoors based lifestyle and both my children are members of the pony club and we are always busy on our small holding.
When I left school, I went to University in Manchester and there obtained a BSc Degree. I began my working life, however as a WPC in Bedfordshire although that seems a long time ago now! When my children started school, I studied for a PGCE at Marjon’s in Plymouth. I taught Key Stage One pupils in Cornwall for five years before moving back to Bedfordshire.
Here I continued to teach Key Stage One and Two pupils before specialising in teaching pupils with autism, communication and language difficulties.
We relocated back to Cornwall six years ago and I planned to live the “good life” growing vegetables, keeping chickens etc alongside renovating our house. I missed working with children though and being part of the life of the school. I am therefore delighted to be working with this great school team at Blisland. At home I love spending time with my family, now extended to include two chocolate Labradors! I am very fond of the outdoors, especially walking and climbing and enjoy frequent visits to the Lake District. I also enjoy cooking and appreciate all the great fresh produce that we have here in Cornwall.
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