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 15-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 4-years-old and George 9-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 love teaching Kensa Class at Blisland. Everyone here is so friendly and it is wonderful to be part of such close knit team . I delight in teaching in such a beautiful setting and thoroughly enjoy getting outside as often as possible. Before teaching at Blisland, I taught in the Midlands from 1990 until I moved to Cornwall in 2012. 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.
Following my move to Cornwall I decided on a career change after many years in communications and marketing and two years working as a marriage registrar for Cornwall Council. I qualified as a teacher around four years ago. Having spent the final placement of my course at Blisland school, I applied for a teaching vacancy here and I was lucky enough to get the job! It has been a pleasure to see the children learn and grow as they move through the school and then leave us to go on to the next stage of their education at secondary school. When I am not at work you might spot me bobbing around in the sea or exploring all the outdoor sights and activities that Cornwall has to offer, usually with part or all of my family in tow.
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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