Nexus

Staff

Mrs Sarah Belshaw BEng (Hons) Chem Eng

Head of Nexus and Cornwall School of Maths and Science

Sarah Belshaw is a Vice Principal at Camborne Science and International Academy and the Head of Nexus and Cornwall School of Maths & Science. She has previously held roles as Assistant Principal and Head of VI Form

Mrs Belshaw studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Exeter and worked for 13 years in the oil industry, employed by 2 major oil companies before joining a consultancy firm. Sarah has worked on projects across the globe from Russia to Australia as well as living in France and Germany. When she joined Exxon Mobil she was the first female engineer to be employed on their refinery in France. She was often the only woman engineer working on projects, responsible for large operating teams. She is now an enthusiastic supporter of females in STEM careers and is delighted to see so many of our female students consider a career in engineering.

Sarah grew up in Cornwall and feel privileged to return to the area where she went to school and her parents were also teachers.

Mr. Dan Chapman MA (Cantab.)

Deputy Head of Nexus and Cornwall School of Maths and Science

Mr Chapman is an Assistant Principal at Camborne Science and International Academy and the Deputy Head of Nexus. He is also the Deputy Head of Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science. He has previously held roles as a Lead Practitioner in Science, Deputy Curriculum Leader of Science and Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

Mr Chapman studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and specialised in Geophysics; his dissertation was on outer-rise earthquakes which occur as a result of stresses within tectonic plates due to subduction. He also spent 6 weeks carrying out detailed geological mapping of an area of Los Tres Picos national park in northern Spain.

Mr Chapman’s love of all things Physics is obvious to all and he has facilitated numerous school trips to CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Mr Chapman has led the CSMS Academic Exchange visit to National Junior College Singapore and the Year 7 and 8 Nexus visit to the Euro Space Centre in Belgium.

In addition to teaching Physics, Mr Chapman is a qualified Moorland Leader and takes an active role in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Mrs. Fi Rowles-Jane MEd (Education and Research)

Deputy Head of Nexus

Mrs Rowles-Jane is an Assistant Principal at Camborne Science and International Academy and the Deputy Head of Nexus. She has previously held roles as Head of Physical Education and Director of Vocational Studies. She was also the Gifted and Talented coordinator at her previous school.

Mrs Rowles-Jane studied a BEd in Secondary Physical Education with QTS at the University of St. Mark and St. John. Mrs Rowles-Jane has been on many international trips whilst being at Camborne Science and International Academy; which included Japan. In addition to teaching, Mrs Rowles-Jane oversees the vocational courses at Camborne Science and International Programme as well as the Masters Programme as a tutor.

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Mr. Gareth Rees BA. (Sheffield)

Nexus Lead Practitioner, Mathematics.

Mr Rees joined Camborne Science and International Academy and Nexus as a Lead Practitioner in Mathematics following 5 years of teaching in Norwich, Norfolk. He has previously held roles as Second in Department for Mathematics, Key Stage 5 Coordinator and Gifted and Talented Coordinator.

Mr Rees studied Management and Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and specialised in Probability and Statistics. It was this combination of studies which led him into a career in Actuarial Sciences. Mr Rees’ academic and professional background in statistical modelling and probabilities led to his passion for the highest standards in Mathematics teaching including Further Mathematics at A-level.

In addition to teaching Mathematics, Mr Rees is a keen skier and holds the Alpine Ski Course Leaders qualification, is a Duke of Edinburgh expedition supervisor and a keen scuba diver.

Danni Perry

Miss. Danielle Perry BA (Bath Spa) PGCE (Bristol)

Deputy Head of KS5

Miss Perry is a Religion, Philosophy and Ethics  teacher at Camborne Science and International Academy who also teaches Sociology at A Level.  She is the Acting Deputy Director of Key Stage 5 with responsibilities for UCAS applications, the tutorial programme and the student leadership team. Her degree is in The Study of Religions with Sociology, but she also has a keen interest in Philosophy and runs the Philosophy Club at Nexus.

Ms. Perry supervises the Extended Project Qualification and Top University Club, ensuring that our most capable students reach their potential. While working at CSIA she has also represented the school with students at the prestigious Ritsumeikan Super Global Forum focusing on finding solutions for educating the world’s most vulnerable children. Miss Perry completed her PGCE at Bristol University and is currently studying part time for her Master’s degree in Education.

Dr. Nick Gower MSc. (Hons.); D.Phil (Bristol); MRSC

Nexus Lead Practitioner, Research.

Dr. Gower is a science teacher at Camborne Science and International Academy. He leads the research programme at Nexus, coordinating student projects in preparation for international visits and competitions. Dr Gower joined CSIA in July 2016 after being  awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarship and completing his PGCE through the Cornwall SCITT program based at Truro and Penrice College. Dr. Gower is Head of Maori House at CSIA and is an EPQ supervisor.

Dr Gower’s background is in organic chemistry and sustainable catalysis. He has worked in a number of international labs holding positions at the University of Kyoto, Japan, as a Research Fellow for the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and as a postdoctoral researcher for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Rochester, New York.

Miss Tash Cantwell BSc. (Oxford Brookes)

Nexus Lead Practitioner, Biology.

Miss Cantwell joined Camborne Science and International Academy and Nexus as a Lead Practitioner following four years of teaching in Hertfordshire at an all-boys school. At her previous school, Miss Cantwell was Head of Biology and Curricular Enrichment Co-ordinator.

Miss Cantwell studied Biology at Oxford Brookes where she particularly enjoyed topics such as evolution and development, animal behaviour, microbiology and biodiversity. Miss Cantwell obtained her PGCE at The University of Oxford which ignited a love of teaching, focussing on pushing the most able students.

In addition to teaching Biology, Miss Cantwell relishes the opportunity to travel and enjoyed a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands – the photos of which now aid her students in lessons. She was delighted to have attended the Super Science Fair to Japan, Kyoto last year.

Dr Cate McGovern BA (Stirling) PhD (Reading)

Nexus Lead Practitioner, English.

Dr McGovern is a Lead Practitioner for English at Camborne Science and International Academy. She has previously held roles as Head of English, Key Stage 5 Co-ordinator and Co-ordinator for the Most Able.

Dr McGovern studied English, Film and Media at the University of Stirling and went onto to complete her PhD at the University of Reading. Her areas of interest include Victorian literature, women’s writing and postcolonial critical theory. It was during her time studying for her PhD that Dr McGovern discovered a love of teaching. Having taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, she went on to teach at a sixth form college. She has also taught in two schools in the South West before taking up her appointment at Camborne.

With a keen passion for reading, Dr McGovern can often to found with her head in a book. She also enjoys cooking and going to the cinema.

Mrs Lucy Gourley BSc. (University of Bath)

Nexus Science Teacher and Primary Liaison

Mrs Gourley has been a teacher of Science for over ten years, and is currently Primary Outreach Lead at Nexus.

Prior to the completion of her PGCE, she carried out research on neuronal cell survival at the Peninsula Medical School, and investigated the regulation of genes involved in the immune response at a pharmaceutical company in Cambridge.

She graduated from the University of Bath with a First-Class honours degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

1Mrs. Lynda Menham

Nexus Administration Lead

Mrs Menham joined Nexus in 2019 as our Administration Lead. She is responsible for the day to day logistics of both the STEM and PPE programmes and provides admin support to the Nexus Leadership team.

Her role includes liaising with parents and our feeder primary schools. Mrs Menham is the first face our students see in the mornings and is the first point of contact for those with questions or queries about Nexus and the Gifted Programmes.

Mrs Menham has a very strong background in administration and has three sons who are alumni of Camborne Science and International Academy.

Mr. Simon Greengreens

Nexus Support

Mr Green joined Nexus in February 2018 part-time before becoming full time in September. His role includes providing pastoral support to Nexus students, as well as heading up the technology co-curricular activities.

Mr Green is also an excellent ambassador for the programme, liaising with local business and organisations to secure long lasting partnerships with Nexus.

Previously Mr Green has spent 10 years in the manufacturing industry ending as Production Shift Manager at Lafarge Plasterboard in Bristol. He also has 15 years experience in the IT industry in a wide variety of companies from small local firms to GE (ranked the fourth largest company in the world).

Mrs Sally Richards

Nexus Pastoral Support Officer

Miss Emma Jeffreys

Nexus Pastoral Support Officer