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Lanivet School Staff 2019-2020

Your first point of contact at Lanivet will be our welcoming office staff - Julie, Kirstie and Linda.

At Lanivet we have Teaching Assistants who specialise in SEN, Autism, Dyslexia and Speech and Language.

Lunchtimes are supervised by teaching assistants and lunchtime supervisors.

Mrs Ingrid Bennett

Executive Headteacher of Cardinham and Lanivet Schools.

Mrs Bennett is a Theologian and has been a headteacher since 2011. Before joining Lanivet and Cardinham Schools she worked at St Wenn, St Nicolas and Brunel Primary Schools in Cornwall and in a variety of schools in the Netherlands. She has a special interest in Early Years and Outdoor Education.

In her role as Executive Head, Mrs Bennett sits on the HR/Finance and Management Committee, Curriculum and Standards Committee and Health & Safety and Premises Committee. She also is a member of the TPAT Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Mrs Michelle Doherty

Assistant Head Teacher and Class 3 Teacher

Mrs Doherty has taught at Lanivet School since September 2003. She is the Assistant Headteacher and teaches Year 3. Mrs Doherty has a passion for maths and leads the subject in the school; she is also the joint maths hub lead for the Callywith Hub in TPAT. Mrs Doherty is one of Lanivet’s designated safeguarding officers.

Mrs Emmeline Purser

Reception Teacher

Miss Samantha Haworth

Year 1 Teacher

Miss Haworth has a Business Management degree from The University of Plymouth and a PGCE from The University from St Mark and St John. She has been a teacher for five years, and has previously taught at Braddock C of E Primary School and St Martins C of E Primary School. 

She is the Year 1 teacher and leads Science and Phonics for the school. She loves teaching in a fun and engaging way, and daily smiles and giggles are one of the rules in her class. Miss Haworth attended Lanivet school herself as a child, and loves being back where she started to carry on the love of learning she remembers.

Mrs Petra Powell

Class 2 Teacher

Mrs Powell leads Science.

Mr Toby Wilson

Class 4 Teacher and SENCO

Mr Heard

Class 5 Teacher

Mr Heard has a Marine Geography degree from Cardiff University. He achieved qualified teacher status through the SCITT programme. He has been teaching at Lanivet School for five years. Before that, he lived and worked in Taiwan for ten years teaching English.

Mr Heard leads Modern Foreign Languages and English for the school.

Miss Coates

Class 6 Teacher

Leads PE and Art

Miss Molly Sugg

Early Years Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kate Holland

Teaching Assistant and SALT Specialist

Mrs Kiera Facer

Teaching Assistant and Dyslexia Specialist

Mrs Tamsyn Symons

Teaching Assistant


Miss Rowe

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Meg Birch

Teaching Assistant and Dyslexia Specialist

Miss Katrina Verran

Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Autism Champion

Mrs Julie Dale

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Julie Pond


Mrs Linda Cackett

Office Manager

Linda is a qualified School Business Manager via the National College of School Leadership, Legal and Medical Secretary and holds the Private Secretaries Diploma.  She has over 20 years’ experience of working in schools.


Ms Kirstie Davies


Kirstie returned to Cornwall after working in the marketing & data analytics industry in London for fifteen years. She has two children in the school and is an active member of the PTA.

Mrs Karen Arthur


Mrs Claire Biscombe


Mrs Jackie Crocker

Kitchen Assistant

Mrs Anita Cowling

Lunchtime Supervisor