Year 5

Mrs Tania Findlay MBE

Class Teacher

This is my 8th year working within Kernow Learning and I am really excited to be teaching Yr. 5 part time with Miss Paul this year! Within our fantastic school, I am Yr. 5 teacher, Assistant Head and a Specialist Leader in Education for English, so I also oversee English throughout the school.
I have worked in three of our Trust schools, as well as other schools in the county, in a school improvement capacity, where I have worked with all staff and pupils to raise standards in literacy. In the Queen's New Year Honours List, I was awarded an MBE for Services to Education, and my investiture at Buckingham Palace, with Prince William, was one of the best days of my life!

All the children know me for my love of books and reading-I'm lucky enough to be able to review children's books before they are released and am able to pass them on to my class. I'm so grateful for the donations from The Trevilson Trust which has enabled us to get our school library up and running!

I have been married for 23 years and I am a very proud mum too; I have three children: Kelly, who is 23, and is a civil servant; Saskia, 18 and Roman, 17, who are currently studying for A Levels.

I also love dogs-I have two Dogue de Bordeaux called Betty and Bert and, when I'm not at school, you will find me either walking them on a beach somewhere or curled up with them reading a book!

Miss Holly Paul

Year 5 Teacher

Hi, I am Miss Paul and I teach year 5 alongside Mrs Findlay.

As an NQT, I am in my first year of teaching and have very much enjoyed it so far. When I am not at St Newlyn East Learning Academy, I am teaching in my other shared class, in the Trust, at Charlestown Primary School. While I have not been teaching for long, I have worked with children since I completed my degree in 2013.

I enjoy reading very much, when I was at school my favourite books were the 'My Naughty Little Sister' series by Dorothy Edwards and I am currently reading 'Brambly Hedge' by Jill Barklem to my daughter. As Book Talk is very much ingrained in our classrooms, I love to hear about the books the children have been reading and finding out about new authors and books which will become their classics!

I learnt Makaton first of all, through Mr Tumble on CBeebies ,but as I have a brother with additional needs, I have taken my training further. I love how it can support a person's communication and development and recently taught Yr.5 to sing a song for our Harvest celebrations!

We're so fortunate to live here in Cornwall and I love exploring the fabulous Cornish scenery, whether this on the moors or by the beach-it's so wonderful to be outside in the fresh air!

I am a proud Mum to my daughter Faye, who started school herself in September, she is thriving at school and has a real love of learning-I'm pleased to say I must have passed my love of books on to her as she always wants to read books herself aloud or snuggle down and share a book with me!

Mrs Kim Thompson


I’ve lived in the village for more than 30 years and worked at SNELA for almost 20 years! I qualified as a HLTA in 2007 and in 2014 I gained a BA Hons. in Professional Practice (Education). I’ve worked across all key stages during my time at SNELA but for the last 7 years have been based in Years 5 & 6. I’ve now got to the stage where children who used to be in my classes are now bringing their own children to our school, eek!