Education

You don’t want to walk to school? The flogging will continue until morale improves

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has hired consultants from Cheshire to help it cut its school transport budget. Edge Public Solutions has been commissioned to identify “actions the council...

Silent witness: why archaeologists now believe human bones found near Padstow are those of a sailor shipwrecked in the 18th century

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Male, aged 25-40, buried in a shroud at the top of a cliff at Trevone, near Padstow.  Well developed shoulders.  At some point had repeatedly used...

Cornish language speakers urged to attend County Hall weekend

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornish language enthusiasts are being encouraged to attend County Hall, Truro, next month for their annual festival.  It runs from 12th-14th April. The Pennseythen Gernewek 24...

Fixing the holes where the rain gets in

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government is giving Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum £499,000 for a new roof. The waterside building, which was opened only 31 years ago, has been prone...

Could an October election help the Tories hold on in Truro and Falmouth?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Younger voters in the marginal Truro and Falmouth constituency could be left without a voice in this year’s general election if Rishi Sunak decides to hold...

Questions continue over “inadequate” primary school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is continuing to face questions over a village primary school labelled “inadequate” by Ofsted last year. The 60-pupil St Germans primary school, near Saltash,...

Teacher sent sexual messages to colleagues

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A teacher at a special school in Cornwall sent sexual messages to colleagues, leading to a finding of misconduct by the Teaching Regulation Authority. But the...

Definitely not Groundhog Day in St Ives

Some town councillors just love the chance to dress up.  The St Ives Feast Day passed without incident yesterday (Monday) and despite “health and safety” fears  the silver ball...

Newquay’s Greens vote to raise council tax in bid to save local services

By Julia Penhaligon A curious coalition of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors in Newquay have united to criticise the Green Party-led town council over its proposed budget. Newquay...

Council wants to turn historic building badly damaged by fire into flats

By Lee Trewhela Concerns have been raised about possible plans to turn a historic old school in Cornwall into flats. The development would raise cash for Cornwall Council but...

Hurry! hurry! hurry! Buy now! When it’s gone, it’s gone! County Hall scrambles to flog everything (nearly)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is about to sell part of the Tolvaddon industrial estate at Redruth. Built largely with £4.7 million from the European Union about 20 years...

Walking to school: proper route assessments “would involve overtime”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The cost of route assessments for children walking to school has been questioned at a Cornwall Council scrutiny committee. The assessments are carried out by the...

Another County Hall U-Turn: school transport saved

By Rashleigh MacFarlane County Hall has backed down in the face of fierce opposition from rebel Tory councillors over its proposed scrapping of school transport in some rural areas....

Councillors fear County Hall’s MCM ambitions will damage Cornwall’s bus network

By Graham Smith The Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) rail project is taking £1.786 million from the existing public transport budget, councillors heard this morning (Wednesday.) The transfer of money...

County Hall pushes ahead with plan to axe school transport

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 80 children from four schools will be required to walk up to three miles on narrow country lanes if Cornwall Council approves a recommendation coming...

A tale of two ferries: why is Woolwich free, while Torpoint is £2.60?

By Peter Tremayne A full meeting of Cornwall Council will today (Tuesday) be asked why it costs £2.60 to cross the River Tamar using the Torpoint ferries while a...

Sticky fingers: councillors ask how much of Cornwall’s “devolved” adult education budget will ever reach the classroom

By Julia Penhaligon An extraordinary Cornwall Council cabinet meeting will today (Tuesday) be encouraged to seek further changes to its watered-down “devolution” deal with the government in a bid...

Cabinet to flex its muscles over school transport, insisting that “pedestrian route assessments” must be debated

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The question of which country lanes are safe for children to walk to school and which are so dangerous that they need a bus or taxi...

That’s all folks: Cornwall’s devolution debate is over – until the next general election

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s Conservative group leader Linda Taylor has tried to put a brave face on yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) government announcement about devolution, which leaves Cornwall without any...

“Risk of closure” determined which of Cornwall’s leisure centres got government swimming pool fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Government cash to support Cornwall’s indoor swimming pools appears to have deliberately targeted at “lame duck” leisure centres operated by County Hall’s preferred contractor, GLL. A...

REVEALED: the country lanes which County Hall says are safe for children to walk to school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Pupils at four Cornish schools should no longer get free transport because it is safe for them to walk, according to an assessment of pedestrian routes...

Dear Father Christmas, we have been very good this year and would like another £13.9 million – the public cost of running the Isles of Scilly as a private tourist attraction

By Julia Penhaligon Councillors on the Isles of Scilly are preparing a £13.9 million bid for public funds to spruce up their museum and visitor centre. If granted, the...

More losers than winners as government sprinkles £450,000 on only six leisure centres

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Only six of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been awarded a share of nearly £450,000 from the government’s £20.3 million Swimming Pool Support Fund. All of them...

It’s only money: why Cornwall’s council tax is rising by the max

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is continuing to “overspend” by more than £500,000 per week, according to an official County Hall report. The disclosure comes on the same day...

Hold very tight please! New bus routes might take you by surprise

By Peter Tremayne Scores of bus routes across Cornwall are changing again, with County Hall expressing the hope that “most” changes will improve reliability. Most of the routes are...

Never too late to learn something new: Cornwall’s adult education service is “good” says Ofsted

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s adult education service has been rated “good” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted. Around 1,600 adult learners and 60 pupils age 16-18 enrol each...

Peace in our time! Cornwall Council leader flies to Jersey to observe the inclusion of a Cornish language poem in Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement 25th anniversary celebration video

Not to be missed and clearly worth the 500-mile round trip.  The Cornish bit is about three minutes in. By Julia Penhaligon It’s tough at the top. One minute...

Crumbling concrete found at Camborne College

The Department for Education has added the Penhaligon building, Camborne College, to the list of education establishments found to have crumbling concrete (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) in its...

We don’t have any rockets, but can we interest you in a pair of socks? Cornwall’s spaceport finally has something to sell

By Peter Tremayne “You’ve been asking,” says Cornwall’s spaceport, before providing the answer: “We are excited to introduce our new online merchandise store with our exclusive range of clothing...

More details revealed about Cornwall’s homes for Afghan refugees

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has released more details of the 20 homes it is buying for Afghan refugees. The government has contributed £3.63 million towards the purchase of...

Making children walk to school will bring health benefits, says council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Parents across Cornwall have only a few days to complete an on-line survey which will inform a Cornwall Council decision about whether hundreds of children should...

School bus “dangerously overcrowded” claim parents

By Lee Trewhela Parents in a Cornish town have aired their concerns about an overloaded school bus which is taking their children to a secondary school several miles away....

In their own words: this is why Cornwall Council is paying taxi drivers from Essex to take children to school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The hiring of taxi drivers from Essex and Shropshire to ferry children to school in Cornwall caused a predictable stir at a full Cornwall Council meeting...

The chaotic administration of Cornwall’s school transport budget sees County Hall hiring taxis from Essex and Shropshire to ferry children to their classrooms

By Lee Trewhela County Hall has hired a taxi driver from Essex to collect children for their school run in North Cornwall, nearly 300 miles away. Another driver who...

None of the “unsafe concrete” schools is in Cornwall, says government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane None of the schools found to have unsafe concrete is in Cornwall, according to the official government list. According to the Department for Educaiton, there is...

Padstow’s National Lobster Hatchery breaks the internet (nearly) with two million views of 40-second video

The power of the digital age to "inform, educate and entertain" has been illustrated by the National lobster hatchery, Padstow, whose 42-second video hosted on a range of social...

The curious case of the brand new Cornish primary schools which might have collapsed in strong winds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has launched a new investigation into how it awarded contracts to a building company responsible for two primary schools in Cornwall which had to...

Children’s services on the Isles of Scilly are inadequate, rules Ofsted

By Anne North Children’s services on the Isles of Scilly have been condemned in a scathing report from the government watchdog Ofsted. Ofsted says the Council of the Isles...

The end of the free school bus? “With the current financial pressures we have to look at offers of travel assistance in cases where we are not legally required to provide support”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundreds more children could be forced to walk to school in Cornwall if County Hall realises its latest money-saving scheme to take away bus passes. Such...

So long, as thanks for all the fish

In ghostly silhouette , one of the Tall Ships leaves Falmouth's festival of food and drink in the race for Portugal and then Spain.  Poor weather forced a "virtual"...

Penryn offices could be converted to student accommodation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Penryn’s best-known suite of offices and workshops could be converted to student accommodation. Waterside House, on Falmouth Road, is the subject of a pre-application...

Glittering prizes? Cornwall bears the brunt of post-Covid A-level grade deflation

By Rashleigh MacFarlane This week’s “hard-reset” of A level marking has seen the number of top grades in Cornwall plummet, according to analysis by the Office of Qualifications and...

Women’s football in Cornwall set for spectacular growth following success of England side in reaching World Cup final

By Anne North The success of the England women’s football team in reaching the World Cup final is expected to bring a huge boost to the sport in Cornwall....

We will do better, say Tall Ships festival organisers, as visitors complain of ticketing “shambles”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The costs associated with any benefits of Cornwall’s tourism sector have been thrown sharply in to focus by the chaotic scenes accompanying Falmouth’s Tall Ships festival....

Falmouth welcomes Tall Ships

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Tall Ships races are underway from Falmouth.  The event is major money-spinner for the town's tourism sector. The vessels are in Falmouth until 18th August...

New school delayed a year

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has confirmed that a new secondary school, due to have opened in Perranporth in 2025, will not now be ready until September 2026. The...

Cornwall College campus at St Austell could be knocked down and rebuilt

By Lee Trewhela Major plans to knock down and completely redevelop the Cornwall College buildings at St Austell have been lodged with Cornwall Council. The project entails the demolition...

Faith, trust and pixie dust: Kate raises yet more cash for charity

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Kate Orchard, aged 101, has become the oldest person ever to fly above the stage at the Hall for Cornwall. She volunteered to raise cash for...

More equal than others? County Hall to ponder how best to combat discrimination

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is set to progress plans that would make it easier for people who have experience of being in care to get a job with...

“We want to work together for the future of our children,” says Cornwall Council leader, explaining why she has had to go to France to do that

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s journey into the world of international cooperation is all about repairing the damage to youngster’s educational opportunities caused by Brexit, according to those who organised...

The hand of history leaves it mark, making Cornwall’s trip to France well worthwhile (er, probably not)

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall is not back in the European Union.  Definitely not.  Nothing like it. Any suggestion that County Hall has raised a metaphorical two fingers to Rishi...

Boer war memorial damaged by vandals in Penzance

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating criminal damage at the war memorial in Morrab Gardens, Penzance. The Grade 2-listed memorial to local men who died during the Boer war...

All very Pythonesque: how the Ministry of the Absurd thought about hiding in Cornwall if anyone ever pressed the button

By Peter Tremayne The Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose was once earmarked to host government survivors of a nuclear holocaust. The navy base, known as HMS Seahawk, was...

Sex pest teacher banned from working with young people

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A supply teacher at Poltair school, St Austell, has been banned for life from working with young people after admitting “sexting” children under 16. The exchange...

Cornwall to pilot “wraparound” childcare for primary school pupils

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall is one of 16 councils selected by the government to develop its “wraparound” childcare plans for parents of primary school aged children in England. Ministers...

Around 1,900 children are not in school in Cornwall today – a rise of more than 700 since Covid

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of children in Cornwall who miss school has rocketed since the Covid crisis, according to new figures. “The attendance of children in school, primary...

Splashing out: two years after being threatened with closure, Wadebridge sports centre celebrates £1 million government grant

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Wadebridge sports centre, rescued from the threat of Cornwall Council closure by a community campaign last year, has been granted nearly £1 million from the government. ...

The sun shone on Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day – but truth was the first casualty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The battle for any objective “truth” about Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day looks set to continue.  While many people clearly enjoyed the flag-waving spectacle of people in...

Council’s eviction of vintage aircraft museum forces sale on Ebay

By Peter Tremayne Be the talk of your village by displaying this fine example of a vintage RAF fighter jet in your front garden…this RAF English Electric Lightning is...

All Quiet: invitation-only meeting will ensure that veterans’ issues do not distract attention from the flag-waving parades

By Peter Tremayne Away from the pomp and pageantry of Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day this weekend, a small group of people will gather in the Daphne Du Maurier building...

Get ready for battle of Falmouth, as Armed Forces Day looks set to inflict £600,000 worth of noisy chaos

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth is bracing itself for a full-scale military occupation on Saturday (24th June) as Cornwall Council sets about spending more than £600,000 to celebrate Armed Forces...

Truro’s Old County Hall, once destined to become a luxury hotel, will now be used for student flats

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall Council has received an application for listed building consent to convert its former base Old County Hall in Truro into student accommodation. If approved, the...

Planners say “no” to Penryn student village

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners have voted 7-2, with one abstention, to refuse a “reserved matters” application for a huge student village near Penryn. The site is at Penvose Farm...

Plans for huge student village return to Penryn

By Lee Trewhela Two parish councils have strongly objected to proposals for a 1,800-bed student village which they say would be one of the largest developments in Cornwall. The...

All along the watchtower: Bude’s 19th century lookout on its way to a safer haven

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Piece by piece, Bude’s storm tower is being taken apart and moved inland away from the collapsing cliffs. Six weeks after work started, the 19th century...

Newquay spaceport: How to be an astronaut

Readers have asked that Cornwall Reports stops making jokes about the Newquay spaceport because they can no longer distinguish between what is satire and what is true.  We agree. ...

Senior councillor quits Fowey church as row over “men only” vicar rule intensifies

By Lee Trewhela A member of Cornwall Council’s cabinet has resigned as chairman of a Cornish church as a ‘sexism’ row continues following its decision to advertise for a...

“Culture & Heritage” get £560,000 from Shared Prosperity Fund

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro Cathedral, the spiritual headquarters of Cornwall’s Christians, is to get £112,410 from the Shared Prosperity Fund. The cash award, decided by Cornwall Council, is part...

The curious case of the race to evict Newquay’s military aircraft museum so that the council could leave its hangar empty

By Peter Tremayne The vacant hangar at Newquay airport which once housed exhibits for the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre remains empty, more than a month after County Hall evicted...

Planners approve new school near Bodmin for pupils with special needs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have granted approval for a new school for children with special needs.  It will be on the outskirts of Bodmin, close to the town’s...

Threat of terrorism at Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day “could not have been forseen” says councillor, trying to justify eye-watering cost to Cornwall’s taxpayers

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon One of the reasons for forcing Cornwall’s taxpayers to contribute more than £350,000 towards the costs of staging Armed Forces Day is the...

North Cornwall police constable fired for failing to disclose he had failed GCSE maths

By Peter Tremayne A North Cornwall police constable has been sacked for falsely claiming he had a GCSE qualification in maths. PC Kye Smith, who ran the force’s Twitter...

Children with special educational needs: Cornwall must do better, say watchdogs

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall’s provision for children with special educational needs has been criticised for “inconsistent experiences and outcomes” with some children not getting support when they most need...

Another fine mess: part-built Truro flats to be demolished before anyone moves in

By Lee Trewhela and Julia Penhaligon The economic crisis in the construction sector has claimed another victim in Cornwall. A partially-built development of up to 40 flats will be...

Huge barge for 500 asylum seekers is on its way to Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne It looks as if Cornish shipping engineers will be asked to fit out the giant floating barge which will be used to house 500 male asylum...

Falmouth Expects: 100,000 extra tourists and tonnes of extra plastic waste, as councillors grow uneasy about £602,000 cost of Armed Forces Day

By Graham Smith Falmouth is bracing itself for the invasion of 100,000 additional tourists next month as the town prepares to host Armed Forces Day.  The event, organised by...

Cornwall Council to spend £602,000 on Armed Forces Day flag-waving, with more than half of it coming from local taxpayers

By Julia Penhaligon Falmouth’s Armed Forces Day jamboree next month is going to cost Cornwall’s taxpayers more than £350,000 after a sponsorship campaign led by County Hall flopped badly....

Holiday lodges at Lostwithiel golf course – 12 months later, here we go again

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A new planning application is now live which seeks to develop Lostwithiel golf club with holiday lodges and car parking.  A similar application was rejected by...

Truro’s Pydar redevelopment will now cost £200 million – an increase of 17.6% in eight months

By Julia Penhaligon The cost of the controversial redevelopment of Truro’s Pydar area has rocketed by 17.6% in eight months. In August the project – underwritten by Cornwall Council...

The school they built, and then knocked down, without teaching a single pupil

By Richard Whitehouse and Rashleigh MacFarlane It is not unusual for parents and teachers in some of Cornwall’s Victorian schools to lobby for new facilities. Many primary schools are...

Thursday’s deadline for asking the question which Cornwall Council would prefer not to answer: why not use the redundant spaceport shed to help save the museum of military aircraft?

By Peter Tremayne The minutes are now ticking away for Cornwall Council officials to move to forcibly evict the museum of military aircraft based at Newquay airport. County Hall...

Cornwall Council issues new threat to museum of military aircraft, demanding that it leaves Newquay airport next week

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s ruling Conservatives, emerging yesterday (Wednesday) from the wreckage of their internal civil war over plans for a mayor, are starting today with a new split...

A glimpse of life in Newquay 4,000 years ago, as Bronze Age dwellings found at building site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A series of ancient dwellings have been discovered at the site of a new housing development in Newquay. Archaeologists from the Cornwall Archaeological Unit have uncovered...

Peace Pledge Union criticises Armed Forces Day

By Julia Penhaligon Peace campaigners have vowed to stage a “Day of Action” to protest against Armed Forces Day, due to be held in Falmouth in June. The Peace...

Truro museum gets £1.5 million from Arts Council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Any questions over the future of Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum appear to have been answered by a £1.5 million grant from the Arts Council. Last year...

Education funding: Cornwall’s numbers do not add up

By Richard Whitehouse The Cornwall councillor responsible for children and family services says she will push for better funding of services in Cornwall saying “it’s not fair and it’s...

Councillors welcome “Cornish Curriculum” for local schools

By Richard Whitehouse Schools in Cornwall are set to be encouraged to give lessons more of a Cornish flavour to help children learn more about the Duchy.   A new...

What did you learn at school today? “Prn gallos kewsel Kernewek!”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Schools could be told to teach children to speak Cornish, if councillors endorse plans for a new local curriculum. Three months ago census data revealed that...

Some journalists at BBC Radio Cornwall expected to go on strike in protest at programme cuts

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Journalists at BBC Radio Cornwall could be asked to go on strike later this month in protest at programming changes which would effectively end local production...

Newquay Zoo prepares to say farewell to its three lions

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to transport Newquay Zoo’s lions to Paignton Zoo are approaching their final stages.  The animals are expected to leave Cornwall within the new few months....

Aurora borealis: a very rare chance to see the Northern Lights over Cornwall tonight

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall could get another chance to see the Northern Lights tonight (Monday.)  It is extremely rare for the natural phenomenon to occur so far south. The...

Sign of the times: how do you spell Mevagissey?

By Richard Whitehouse It’s one of those stories which these days crop up far too often, a testament to the lost craft of proof-reading.  In Cornwall, you can never...

Truro New Town: this is what its primary school will look like

By Richard Whitehouse New pictures have been revealed showing a planned new school for Langarth Garden Village on the edge of Truro.  The images show what the Langarth Forest...

Launceston leisure centre to reopen on Thursday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Launceston’s leisure centre is set to reopen on Thursday, after a brief interruption in service following Cornwall Council’s decision to close it last month. The swimming...

Redruth fails to warm to County Hall’s campaign for a mayor

By Richard Whitehouse On a dark, cold January evening a public meeting to discuss Cornwall’s new devolution deal and whether we should have an elected mayor was always going...

Launceston leisure centre to close after all – but for how long?

By Peter Tremayne The owners of Launceston’s leisure centre have said the facility will, after all, close next week – but that they hope to reopen it next month. ...

Carry On Spaceport – it’s not funny anymore

By Graham Smith The failure of Richard Branson’s rocket last night poses a major headache for Cornwall Council – what to do with its £20 million space centre? There...

Penryn-based Sea Sanctuary mental health charity to close

By Anne North A Penryn-based mental health charity which received £1.72 million from the government six years ago is to close.  The charity has been struggling for some time...

Launceston’s swimming pool and sports centre saved as local community rallies with rescue plan

By Graham Smith Launceston’s swimming pool and sports centre has been saved, despite Cornwall Council announcing its closure last month. The town’s leisure centre is owned by a local...

Campaigners hope to save free-to-view television in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A campaign has started to save free-to-view television services in Cornwall. Although no firm date has been set for switching off the Freeview services, some broadcasting...