Education

Inside the room: GLL boss reveals why County Hall’s broken promises are now threatening leisure centres

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The man responsible for managing Cornwall’s leisure centres has said he was “surprised” when Cornwall Council’s cabinet rejected a funding plan which would...

Covid-19: Why will Cornwall’s schools will be more dangerous than those in Suffolk after half-term?

By Anne North A local council has broken ranks and declared that additional Covid protections should be reintroduced in schools after half-term. The decision by Suffolk County Council will...

Now you see it, now you don’t: new puzzle over how the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres is to be decided

By Graham Smith Confusion surrounds the date of a key Cornwall Council meeting which could determine the future of four leisure centres under threat of closure. A Customers and...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s vaccination uptake for 12-15 year-olds is one of the worst in the country

Cornwall’s rate of Covid infection has dropped slightly over the past 24 hours, from 555.5 per 100,000 population to 555.1.  It is the first time in several weeks that...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: protestors to tell County Hall that the long and winding road which has led to today’s crisis has little to do with Covid, and everything to do with a contract signed in 2017

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors due to attend a “watchdog” meeting in Truro next week seem likely to be greeted by scores of protestors, objecting to proposals to scrap...

That’s the way the money goes (part 2): how the chief executives and business managers who now run Cornwall’s schools found themselves in the super-tax pay bracket

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane About a dozen education “managers” in Cornwall are now earning salaries of more than £100,000 a year, following the conversion of local authority...

That’s the way the money goes: how accountants and management consultants now pocket nearly £13 million a year which is supposed to be spent on education in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane Schools in Cornwall are paying up to 10% of their income to Multi Academy Trusts which provide “back office” services, from Human Resources...

Covid-19 forces school closure in Cornwall

By Anne North Stithians school has closed until 4th October because of Covid-19. A statement on the school website says: “Changes to the national Department for Education guidance on...

St Pinnock’s 14th century church could become a school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Grade 1 listed 14th century medieval church in a picturesque South East Cornwall village could become an outdoor school, if planners back a restoration project....

Rendering unto Caesar: Diocese of Truro says it no longer invests in big oil

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Diocese of Truro has declared that it no longer invests in fossil fuel extraction. The development is significant as the Church of England struggles to...

Covid-19: part of Cornwall is now, officially, free of the virus for the first time in months

By Anne North Part of Cornwall is now officially “free” of Covid for the first time since before the G7 Summit in June.  The St Breward, Tredethy and Lanivest...

“Hands off our leisure centres” – local communities dismayed by Cornwall Council’s closure plans for Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Julia Penhaligon News that County Hall has identified four leisure centres for closure has been met with dismay across Cornwall.  Local communities are now trying to convene meetings...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council leisure centre hit list aims to close Falmouth, Launceston, Saltash and Wadebridge

By Graham Smith Four of Cornwall’s 13 GLL-run leisure centres will close unless County Hall agrees to pay an additional £750,000 per year subsidy. Cornwall Reports has been told...

New boss for Falmouth University

Falmouth University has appointed professor Emma Hunt as its new vice chancellor and chief executive.  She replaces Anne Carlisle, who announced in March that she would retire this month....

Some of Cornwall’s 11-year-olds will get their first Covid test this week, as government scientists warn that returning schools will trigger another “exponential” increase in Covid infection

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Some of Cornwall’s schools return this week in an atmosphere of acute confusion over Covid rules. Neither the government nor Cornwall Council has issued any clear...

No classroom bubbles or face coverings, except when you have classroom bubbles or face coverings: Cornwall gets ready to go back to school with government Covid advice which teachers fear is contradictory and confusing

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s education chiefs are finalising their approach to next month’s return to school for thousands of children. For most pupils, the school term resumes on Monday...

Penair School, Truro, wants ten new classrooms

By Richard Whitehouse A secondary school has submitted plans for a new building which will provide 10 new classrooms to cope with rising demand. Penair School in Truro has...

Covid-19: new drive to vaccinate teenagers in Cornwall

By Anne North Health chiefs are urging all 16 and 17 year olds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The drive to vaccinate...

Cornwall’s Boer war memorials: a cause for celebration, or a warning from history?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The historic status of many war memorials has again been called in to question following a council’s decision to “explain” the Boer war of the early...

Cornwall Council sells former art gallery at Golant

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has sold the former art gallery at Golant, near Fowey.  The waterfront building had a guide price of £85,000 although details of the eventual...