Meet the team
Working primarily with young people in care and at risk of exclusion Pendynas Care and Education Service provides a genuinely teacher-led solution to schools’ need for ensuring all young people access educational provision.
Clint Lanyon BSc Env Geog, Prof Dip Edu.
Clint has been teaching since 2006 and is former faculty head of Humanities who has taught Geography, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, Sociology and PSHE. Clint is also a registered Foster Carer with Cornwall Council.
Clint has been working in the voluntary youth sector since 1990, primarily with the Scout Association but also with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and The Princes Trust. Clint was the Chair of Scouting in Cornwall for 2 years until Sept'19.
Karen Pearce BA(Hons) Human Geog, PGCE, TESOL
Karen has been teaching since 2001 and is a former head of department / Head of faculty who has taught a range of subjects including Geography, History, RS, PSHE, Travel and Tourism and Leisure and Tourism.
Karen is also TESOL qualified and spent 5 years teaching English in Italy and Russia to both adults and children. As an adopter Karen has also been through Cornwall Council’s training on attachment issues and use of PACE model.
Bev has extensive experience of supporting the teaching and learning of students aged 11-18 for GCSE and A Level, including those with EHCPs and IEPs. Bev is a committed advocate for Young People. Bev also runs her family business at The Ponderosa Caravan and Camp Site and is involved in Saloon Stock Car and Banger Racing as a Sponsor and Supporter, Lastonet Netball Club and enjoy swimming, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.
Amanda has been in secondary education for 12 years as a HLTA and most recently ARB Manager. She has an in-depth knowledge of young people with complex special needs in specialist provision and the EHCP process along with young people who have experienced trauma and the associated needs relating to social emotional mental health. She has experience with respite fostering and has the young people’s needs at the heart of everything she does. A keen outdoor enthusiast enjoys camping, walking the dog, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Michael Castle CMgr MCMI
Michael is senior leadership consultant. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Education, specialising in Learning and Development, is a qualified business and management coach and is licensed through the British Psychological Society to administer and interpret psychometric assessments.
Michael received a commendation for services to training from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, in 1993 and in 2016 was awarded Chartered Manager Status through the Chartered Management Institute in the UK.
Christian Denley BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH
Chris has been teaching for over 20 years with 10 years as Head of School and Deputy Head. Subject specialisms include History, RE, ICT and Computing, Business and English. He has taught in both mainstream and alternative provision settings and prior to becoming a teacher worked in care for both adults and children with learning difficulties. He has experience of EHCPs and making provision outcome-focused. A keen surfer, cyclist and runner he is committed to providing a range of educational experiences both indoors and outdoors that meet the needs of all young people.
Scout is an English Springer Spaniel who is full of energy and enjoys being made a fuss of.
He loves company and enjoys being out in the fresh air exploring the many delights that Cornwall has to offer.
Scout provides therapy to all that he meets.
Mal is our resident practical skills tutor and mentor, working from his small holding. Mal had a career of 30yrs as an Engineer in the RAF. This included mentoring and teaching Adult Education to various nationalities whilst serving abroad in Italy. He now enjoys passing on his skills to young people through project work such as restoring Land Buggies and tinkering with engines. Mal enjoys fishing and being outdoors with his family and menagerie of animals such as Alpacas, dogs, geese and peacocks. As an adopter Mal has been through the Cornwall Council training on attachment issues and use of the PACE model.
Tracey has over 17 years experience of working with young people, initially as a TA before qualifying to teach English Language and Literature. As part of this she has worked with both individuals and small groups to improve their knowledge and understanding, supporting students with a range of needs and abilities. Alongside English subjects, Tracey has also taught a range of other subjects including Key Skills and PSHE to students. She has a background in more creative arts and, when she can, enjoys spending time with friends and new young family at the theatre, cinema and out walking.
Anne Castle MSc, BSc, MInstLM
Anne has more than 25 years experience in vocational education management. With a focus on learner centric development and the practical application of knowledge and skills, her subjects areas of business, human resource management, project management and leadership and management provides learners with crucial work and life skills. She received an award for services to vocational education and employment from Teesside University and the local authority in 1996.
In 2005, within a local inner city primary school she supported the implementation, of pioneering educational psychologist, Marjorie Boxall’s (2002) nurture group practice, to help struggling Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils engage and enjoy learning. Anne undertook the TEFL methodology award in 2017 to enhance learning through embedding English language learning within subject areas.