Education

Four day centres for adults with learning disabilities set to close

By Anne North Cornwall Council looks set to close, permanently, four day centres offering services to people with learning disabilities.  The centres are at Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay....

County Hall’s answer to the cost-of-living crisis: a cash handout for the poorest pensioners to buy food for three weeks

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is to offer a one-off payment of £100 to 16,500 pensioners to help deal with the cost of living crisis. There are thought to...

Planners approve new nursery at remote North Cornwall farm

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to convert a farm building into a pre-school nursery have been approved despite concerns about it being in an isolated location. Cornwall Council’s east sub-area...

New secondary school for 1,350 students to open at Perranporth – in September 2025

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Truro and Penwith Academy Trust looks set to strengthen its grip on Cornwall’s education system with news that a “free school” is to open at...

Far from “Levelling Up,” Cornwall is going backwards in terms of social mobility, say experts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new academic report has drawn attention to the government’s failure to “Level Up” social mobility in the South West, with Cornwall falling further behind. The...

Cornwall’s “challenging” relationship with Home Office over child refugees

By Anne North A leading Cornwall councillor has shed some insights into the tensions between local government and central government over the dispersal of unaccompanied child refugees around the...

Countdown to “prosperity” – County Hall seeking swift decision about how to spend £132 million fund

By Graham Smith County Hall is scrambling to draw up a shopping list of projects on which to spend Cornwall’s £132 million Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) with a bid...

Cornwall Council apologises for data breach which exposed children’s details

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has apologised after it accidentally published confidential information relating to schoolchildren including their names, addresses and dates of birth. The council made the error...

Cornwall Council wants to spend £27 million on robots. What could possibly go wrong?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is preparing to unleash a digital revolution on an unsuspecting public, transforming what was once one of the sleepier backwaters of local government into...

Monitor Cornish school balances and think how wealth might be “redistributed” say education chiefs

By Richard Whitehouse Calls have been made for schools to “redistribute their wealth” after claims that some schools in Cornwall are holding “significant” levels of financial reserves. A meeting...

Cornwall Council sends child with special needs on 600-mile trip to Scotland to access education

By Richard Whitehouse Educational provision for children with special needs in Cornwall is “broken” with some children having to travel as far as Scotland to access provision whilst parents...

Real grass is not sustainable, says Eden Project, as it rolls out the plastic and annoys environment campaigners

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project has found itself at the centre of a “Twitter-storm” over its use of plastic grass. The Eden Project was opened 20 years as...

Gwithian beach school plans rejected

By Richard Whitehouse A charity behind plans for an innovative beach school in Cornwall say they are sad and disappointed that planning permission for their new base has been...

Historic England says 60-year-old primary school building must be saved, scrambling plans for a new community centre

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a new community centre at Malabar, Truro, have been thrown into disarray by a Historic England ruling that the “brutalist” former Treyew primary school...

Wadebridge leisure centre looking to resume its place at the heart of the local community

By Graham Smith People in the Wadebridge area are looking forward to returning to their leisure centre, following its successful takeover by a local community group. The Friends of...

Cornwall Council hoping for private-sector rescue of its outdoor education service

By Rashleigh MacFarlane What remains of Cornwall’s outdoor education centre at Porthpean has gone on the market to rent with a guide price of £30,000 - £45,000 per year....

Government woes with transgender “conversion therapy” threaten Tory v Tory problems for Cornwall Council

By Julia Penhaligon The government’s difficulties with so-called “conversion therapy” could bring problems for Cornwall Council, which supports a number of charities and organisations which are among those to...

How to share prosperity and win elections – why not just give everyone in Cornwall a garden centre voucher?

By Graham Smith County Hall is trying to draw up a “shopping list” of priority projects on which to spend the £132 million Shared Prosperity Fund announced by the...

Can Falmouth’s leisure centre, closed two weeks ago, be brought back to life?

By Graham Smith Campaigners trying to resurrect Falmouth’s Ships and Castles leisure centre face a tricky few weeks as they try to clarify alternative proposals from Cornwall Council. County...

Planners reject Tim Smit’s “gardening campus” proposals for Lostwithiel golf course

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have refused planning permission for Sir Tim Smit’s latest venture saying that it would cause harm to the landscape and historic assets. A planning...