Our Staff


Ruth Davey - Headteacher

Having lovely memories and experiences of visiting Cornwall as a child as well as more recently, I am hugely looking forward to moving from Hampshire to live, work and be part of the Cornish community permanently.

Having completed my degree in education, I have lived and worked in many different places, including on the edge of the New Forest, in Staines and in Zambia, where I spent a wonderful two and a bit years teaching children of different nationalities, meeting some special people, travelling to explore the amazing landscapes and enjoying a totally different culture and way of life. In the dim and distant past, I also managed a small leisure centre, organising a wide range of activities and teaching children to swim.

I grew up in West Sussex in the countryside and having had it instilled in me by my parents from an early age, love being outdoors and exploring the environment. In my spare time, I enjoy walking and running and in holiday times, enjoy nothing better than to appreciate and investigate the underwater world through my love of scuba diving. Having recently acquired a saxophone, I am trying to teach myself how to play – currently very slow progress! One of my favourite quotes and one which I often remind myself of is “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

Favourite food: I love trying different types of food and especially enjoy Indian, Thai and Mexican. My downfall – definitely chocolate!
Ali Watts - Deputy Head, Year 6 Teacher and English Leader

Hello! Shw Mae?

I have lived in Cornwall since 2001 after growing up in West Wales. I speak Welsh fluently and love heading back to visit family and explore the drastic landscape, as well as eating bara brith and welsh cakes!

After training to be a teacher at Cardiff University, I decided to pursue a lifelong dream to travel the world. I visited many countries and experienced all different cultures. Some of the countries I visited were Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, Fiji , New Zealand. I worked in NZ for a year as a teacher which gave me an opportunity to experience a different outlook on education and to learn about a totally different culture! As well as working I had an opportunity to spend a season snowboarding in the South Island, sky diving, whale watching and hiking glaciers!! Unforgettable experiences!

I now live in Hayle with my husband and two boys. I like nothing more than heading to the beach or taking the boys on their bikes or watching them play their favourite sport - football! I love exploring places, walking, running, going to the gym and shopping!!! I also love listening to music ranging from 30 seconds to Mars to Ben Howard. I like all kinds of different food from Thai to Italian to Mexican fajitas!!

I like to keep in mind a quotation I heard once – “If you can dream it, you can do it!”
Steve Luke - Year 5 Teacher, Maths & PSHE Leader

I love living in Cornwall! It is a fantastic place for my two children to grow up in as it’s so special to be able to take them to the beach or park or country within a matter of minutes.

A Cornish lad, I have lived in Hayle my whole life apart from when I went away to study. I spent 3 years in Bedford gaining a degree in Leisure and Sports Studies. Following this, I returned to Penwith to support adults with learning difficulties for 4 years. This proved a great experience and allowed me some time to consider different career options before deciding on teaching.

I completed a PGCE at Marjons in Plymouth, which included a teaching practice at St Ives Junior School. On finishing this course in 1999, I was asked to go back to St Ives to fill a vacancy on the teaching staff and have been here ever since!

Favourite Food:
Well, I guess people that know me would probably say apples, although tomato ketchup and corn flakes (not together!) would come close.

This is an easy one for me. Watching or playing, I enjoy most sports. Although particularly fond of golf and rugby, I am, and always have been, passionate about football – Leeds United in particular! A frustrated midfielder really, I have played most of my career in goal.

Highlights include playing against Liverpool and Celtic in pre-season friendlies for local clubs and listening to Sir Stanley Matthews as an after-dinner speaker at a county schools festival.

I am also a keen reader, especially of action thrillers and sports biographies. I would love to have the confidence and ability to try some real DIY – but I don’t really have any of the necessary skills … yet!

Esther Bosustow - Year 6 Teacher and Computing Leader

After finishing a degree in music from the University of Edinburgh in 2001, I went to the town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina to live and work for two years.

I worked in schools with a team of young musicians and teachers leading music, art and drama workshops in schools around the area. I also played in an orchestra called the Mostar Sinfonietta. When I came back to Cornwall I worked in Sure Start Trevu in Camborne for two years and for Jo Jingles doing music workshops for under fives. I then decided that teaching was what I really wanted to do and did my PGCE in Bath. I have been teaching at SIJS since my NQT year in 2006, and now have 2 girls of my own. Cornwall is the best place to bring them up and we really enjoy the coast and countryside.

Favourite Food:
I love cooking, but I love eating my Mum’s food more than my own. Her butterscotch pudding is my favourite!

Live music, walking, cinema and my two cats, Izzy and Ambrose, two guinea pigs (Rosie and Charlotte) and four chickens. You can’t beat a fresh free range egg!

Did you know… music is good for you! Listening to music can help you relax and singing improves circulation and even tones abdominal muscles!!
Heather Wilson - Year 5 Teacher & SENDCO


After growing up in the West Midlands, I moved to St Ives in 1994, when my eldest son, Daniel, was only ten weeks old. Prior to working at SIJS, I worked for Barclays Bank however I knew that I always wanted to work with children! After some experience with a local playgroup, I started work as a lunchtime supervisor, then a teaching assistant and after completing further qualifications, I now have the privilege of teaching full time at SIJS.

I really appreciate what we have on our doorstep in St Ives; the stunning sea, the world renowned, radiant light and the beautiful coast line. Travelling to the west coast of Ireland, the Canary Islands and camping in France and Spain have all been fantastic experiences but I would also love to see the awesome Northern Lights and to visit my other son, Luke, in Sydney, Australia.

Currently, I live in St Ives with my daughter Rebecca, who is hoping to study A levels at Penwith College in September. As well as travelling, one day I would love to play the harp and actually manage to surf properly!
Jenny Rehaag - Year 4 Teacher, Art & DT Leader

Hi, I grew up in Northern Ireland and trained as a teacher in Belfast. After graduating I spent a year teaching on the Isle of Man. I then returned to Northern Ireland where I taught for just over a year before heading off to Argentina, where I worked as an expedition leader in Patagonia.

My two greatest passions in life are being outside and exploring. I have travelled all over the world and hiked and kayaked along the way. I love hiking along the south-west coast path, exploring the coast in my kayak and discovering all the hidden treasures Penwith has to offer.

My favourite food is a home cooked meal always with dessert.
Katie Bowen - Year 3 Teacher and RE Leader

I have recently returned to Cornwall after spending three years studying away for my degree in demography (a mixture of geography and statistics) in Southampton. I love learning about new places and really enjoy understanding people and culture so my degree was perfect for me! I’ve been really lucky and have been able to travel to a number of different countries. I can never stay away from Cornwall for too long however and I have just completed my teacher training here in Cornwall. I have learnt very quickly that there is never a quiet day in school and that I love the interesting and exciting questions children ask!

When I am not teaching or travelling, I love nothing more than spending time with my family and friends. I spend as much time as I can enjoying our Cornish beaches and love to get in the sea whenever I can. I have always enjoyed playing team sports and plan to join a new netball team in the next few months.

Dylan Jane - Year 6 Teacher and Music Leader

Having grown up in Cornwall I know what an amazing place it is! After spending three years at Reading University doing my teacher training I can honestly say there is no place quite like Cornwall.

I love everything to do with the sea (except the temperature!) whether it’s traversing, swimming, sailing or surfing (badly!) I love it! My main passion outside of teaching has to be Rowing. I currently row for Falmouth Gig Club and through rowing have met some amazing people and athletes – including Olympians!

Alongside this I’m a massive Plymouth Argyle fan despite not celebrating much recently. I love playing football when I’m not on the water or you'll find me at the piano. I love music! Whether it’s Beethoven to Mumford and Sons I can’t get enough!
Juli Hosking - One to One Tuition, Science Leader and Parent Governor

I grew up in Central Scotland surrounded by beautiful mountains and lochs. I really enjoy going back to Scotland as often as I can to catch up with friends and family and also enjoy some of my favourite Scottish foods. Particularly tablet, a very sweet treat!

I moved to St Ives in 1996. My plan was to work for the summer, however, I loved life in St Ives so much that my stay just grew and grew.

I enjoy travelling and have enjoyed exploring Spain, France, Greece, America, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. I have a very long list of countries that I would still like to travel! I also enjoy walking, swimming, skiing, cooking, concerts (I love Take That), films, theatre and spending time with my family.

I began working in schools as a teaching assistant at St Ives School and whilst there gained a degree and then went on to teacher training. I have been lucky enough to teach in several local schools and to be selected to participate in a teacher exchange with a school in Texas which was an incredibly interesting experience.

I recently moved to a new house in St Ives with my husband and 2 daughters, Lily and Ella and our lovely little labrador puppy Rudi. Most of my free time is spent fixing up our house, training our puppy and enjoying as much time with my family as I can.
Alex Cooley - Year 3 Teacher, PE and Languages Leader

St. Ives is a truly amazing place to live. Both the landscape and the community make this town a special place. When I am not in the classroom you will most likely find me in the sea. Surfing, sea swimming and snorkelling are among my favourite activities. I am also passionate about protecting the environment. Being a vegetarian, growing my own vegetables, and beach cleaning are a few things I do to contribute.

I started my teaching career here in St. Ives, since then I have been fortunate enough to work in schools both in the Canary Islands and Peru. I have taught children of different nationalities while experiencing other cultures and wonderful places.

Traveling continues to be a real passion of mine. I have travelled through most of Europe, Australia, Indonesia, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. I always aim to bring my experiences of the world into the classroom.
Ben Bowden - Year 4 Teacher, EPIC Curriculum and Outdoor Learning Leader

Having been born in Penzance, I’m not without my fair share of life experience elsewhere in this magnificient world of ours. I’ve lived in many places around the UK but the pull of being in Cornwall was too strong. I returned eight years ago and have spent this time teaching in various Cornish schools. Aside from teaching, I enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and nothing more than spending time with good friends and family. I am married with two young children and they keep me entertained, busy, and ensure that my nails are constantly bitten down to the lunular!

Not that I’ve got much time for anything else, but on the odd occasion when the planets do align, you might find me surfing somewhere quiet, strumming a guitar (somewhere quiet) or watching Everton Football Club - preferably somewhere exceptionally rowdy!

I choose to see the best in people and believe that everyone has something amazing to offer the world. As Einstein said, ‘Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree then it will live it’s entire life believing it is stupid’. I don’t like to judge anyone, let alone fish, and I’m not very good at climbing trees, but I can’t wait to work with a class full of geniuses…
Lydia Reynolds - Year 4 Teacher

After spending my summer holidays on Porthmeor Beach as a child, I always hoped that I would return to St Ives. Now I can’t imagine anywhere else I’d rather live and I still love nothing more than spending the day on the beach.

When I had completed my degree in English and History, I spent a few years working for the library service, running sessions for the under 5s. It was here that I discovered how much I enjoyed working with children and helping them to learn. After completing my teacher training at Exeter University, I began my teaching career in London, spending two years in an inner city school. Following this, I joined SIJS and thoroughly enjoyed my three years working here. Although I took a short break from teaching, I soon realised how much I love being in the classroom.

When I’m not in the classroom, I love spending time on my other passion; baking cakes! I enjoy experimenting with different ingredients to create delicious cakes and the other staff at school ensure that I don’t eat them all myself. Luckily I also enjoy walking and swimming in the sea, which helps to burn off some of the cakes.
Naomi Brown - Year 4 Teacher (from September)

I was born in Cornwall and have never moved away! Although I enjoy the city life when I occasionally go away at the weekends or in the holidays, the Cornish lifestyle and scenery attracts me more.

Over the last several years I have been working hard at gaining my teaching status. I worked as a teaching assistant in a school for four years whilst undergoing a degree in teaching and learning. Since then I have been training to become a teacher. I love working with children so much, the highlight of the job is definitely the random, unpredictable comments in the middle of lessons!

I enjoy visiting National Trust sites and exploring more of Cornwall, even though I have lived here my whole life, there is so much more to explore which amazes me! When I see my friends I enjoy cooking them tasty meals (which they never complain about!) but my speciality is definitely baking. Having enjoyed baking when I was growing up, I decided to undergo a cupcake decorating course last year which has inspired me further! Luckily, I don’t have lots of time to bake as I cannot resist the delicious smell of chocolate cake baking in the oven!

I have visited many countries in Europe, but my dream in the future is to expand my travels to non-European countries. Although this dream will have to wait for a while as teaching is a priority for me!

Teaching Assistants and Support Staff

World Book Day 2017.