Mike Deacy – Principal
Mike has been a qualified teacher for 19 years and has gained a wealth of experience working with children and young people with special educational needs in both mainstream and special education. Mike qualified as a teacher of secondary science but has also taught ICT, PE and Photography over Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Mike opened Oak Tree School for its first children in September 2014 as Headteacher. Mike has now moved on to become Principal, overseeing another SEMH school (Red Moor School in Lanlivery) and two children’s homes. Mike is committed to providing the very best education and care for every child that he works with. Mike is proud to lead a team that supports some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Cornwall, helping them raise their aspirations and achieve their true potential.
Dan Stockton – Headteacher
Dan has been at Oak Tree School since the start, opening its doors in 2014. Initially overseeing of sport, ICT and maths. For the last three years he has worked as the Assistant Headteacher holding responsibility for positive behaviour support, safeguarding and initiating the ITT programme.
Dan is driven by a passion and determination to ensure that every child at Oak Tree School is given the best education and experiences possible. Through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum, Dan wants to create a rich and relevant learning environment tailored to the unique needs of each child.
Dan is looking forward to continue building on the successes of the school and seeing each individual grow and succeed.
Mike Abbott – Deputy Headteacher
Mike started at the school in 2016 as a classroom teacher, teaching all core subjects as well as catering. In 2018 Mike became head of mathematics at the school. During this time mike worked hard to redesign the school’s maths curriculum to make it more accessible and user friendly for all students regardless of their abilities.
Whilst working at the school Mike has always promoted and encouraged every child to take responsibility for their own learning to help develop independence. Mike is a popular member at the school with both staff and students.
Outside of school Mike has a keen interest in rugby, outdoor activities such as swimming and bike riding he also enjoys cooking and baking.
Edd Bissenden – Assistant Deputy Headteacher
Edd qualified as a Primary teacher in 2013 and has worked at different mainstream schools across the county. He joined the Oak Tree team 2 years ago as a tutor first in Polly Joke and as part of the outdoor Ed team then in Perranporth class. Edd is a big believer in providing opportunities and experiences to enrich students’ lives and help them see what the world can offer if you have goals.
Outside of school Edd is a keen surfer and avid sports fan. Rugby is his main passion and he played for many years at clubs like Moseley in Birmingham and also for the Army Medical Services
Laura Hearl – Administration and Compliance Lead
Laura has many years’ experience within finance and administration. Laura’s past employments have included, local secondary schools, a bank and holiday parks. Laura completed her degree in education in 2011, during her training Laura decided not to take the teaching route but to pursue a career in the business management side of education. Following this decision Laura completed her Level 4 in School Business Management in 2016.
In her spare time Laura is training in the hope of completing her third marathon in Berlin September 2021
Michelle Pascoe – Designated Safeguarding Lead and Parent and Child Support Worker
Michelle has worked at Oak tree since it opened in 2014. Her role has changed significantly in this time, starting as an HLTA to developing the role of the Parent & Child Support Worker.
Michelle’s role is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Therapy coordinator. Michelle is the school’s therapist, offering Counselling & Play therapy. Michelle has worked with children with social & emotional difficulties for sixteen years after working primarily with primary children she has enjoyed the move to mixed key stages here at Oak Tree School.
Luke Bolsin – SENDCo and Social , Emotional, Mental Health and Behavioural Lead
Luke qualified as a Geography teacher in 2005 and worked as a secondary mainstream pastoral head of year for 10 years. In these roles he has dealt with a range of pupils from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of needs. Luke qualified as a SENCo in 2016 and has a passion for working with pupils with social and emotional mental health issues and staff training in these areas. Luke has a firm belief in the positive and therapeutic effects of the great outdoors and their impact as part of a holistic personalised education. Prior to teaching he spent a number of years working in and running water sports centres. He still regularly enjoys being in the beautiful waters around the Cornish coast.