Louise Paton or ‘Mrs P’ as she is better known by her pupils is a teacher at Marhamchurch Primary School. Bude Life caught up with her to find out a little bit more about the job she is so passionate about doing.
It was in 2001 when Mrs P moved to Cornwall with her husband after previously carrying out a teaching job in Dorset and a 3-year teaching role in Malawi, Africa.
Shortly after her move to Cornwall, Mrs P joined Marhamchurch Primary School where her enthusiasm for the job, particularly sport, immediately had an infectious and positive impact on her young pupils.
She told us “I love my job and it’s fantastic to see the enthusiasm of the children in absolutely any activity we put on. When I was growing up I did every sport possible, starting with gymnastics when I was much younger, then badminton and then hockey and netball at secondary school before going on to play volleyball at university”.
“My proudest moments in teaching are always when we go to our sports festivals at Budehaven School and when I see that so many of the sports leaders running the sessions are ex-Marhamchurch school children – it makes me feel so proud”.
She added “Things have changed so much in recent years with school and sport, particularly for our girls. They’re now enjoying football and tag rugby and we were delighted that our boys this year entered the under 7s category at this year’s North Devon Gymnastics Competition – and won a bronze medal. We’re widening the sports we offer all the time and have now started Taekwondo. I think we only have skydiving left to introduce at our school”.
With her positive outlook and willingness to see her pupils develop and flourish, Mrs P remains a big favourite with both pupils and their parents, as well as with her fellow colleagues. Not only has she been instrumental in developing confidence and talent among her ‘sports crazy’ pupils – but in doing so, along with the support of her teaching colleagues, has also helped to fill up the schools’ own trophy cabinet!