Education

New initiative to reduce school exclusions in Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s education chiefs are looking at ways to reduce the numbers of pupils being excluded from school. There is concern at County Hall over the sharp...

County Hall announces £15-a-week vouchers to provide free school meals over Christmas holiday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has published details of how it will ensure government funding reaches families in need of support in time for the Christmas holidays next month....

Talks about integrated bus tickets are “complex and challenging” and will not be concluded by January

By Peter Tremayne Integrated ticketing for students using Go Cornwall buses, allowing free travel in many rural areas, will not be available for the start of the new term...

Callington Community College reopens, but older pupils told they must stay at home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Callington Community College has reopened to most year groups after Covid-19 reduced staffing levels earlier this week. Years 7-11 were allowed to return yesterday (Thursday) but...

Cornwall to embrace food voucher scheme for school holidays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane More than 13,000 children in Cornwall who rely on free school meals are to be offered £15-per-week vouchers to help them through the Christmas holiday. The...

Covid-19: outbreak confirmed at Bodmin food plant, as Budehaven secondary school forced to close

By Julia Penhaligon Covid-19 has closed another large secondary school in Cornwall.  At the same time, public health officials have issued a warning about a Covid-19 outbreak at a...

Cornwall Council considering how to provide free school meals during holidays as anti-poverty debate comes to County Hall

By Julia Penhaligon The row over free school meals during holidays is set to intensify next week when Cornwall Council is invited to lock horns with local MPs who...

Callington Community College forced to close as Covid-19 blows in from the east

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Covid-19 has forced the closure of Callington Community College, a large secondary school with more than 900 pupils, because there are not enough staff to operate...

Government’s U-Turn on free school meals will save Cornwall Council £400,000

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government’s U-turn on continuing free school meals during holidays will save Cornwall Council £400,000 this Christmas, according to council leader Julian German. Mr German told...

Victory for anti-poverty campaigners as government U-Turns on free school meals

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s MPs are again struggling for words after another government U-Turn, this time on free school meals. The government’s concession to the footballer Marcus Rashford, which...

Launceston’s new primary school set to open next year

By Richard Whitehouse A new primary school is set to open in Launceston in September 2021 and wants to hear from local people.  A six-week public consultation starts on...

£12 million for primary school at Truro New Town

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to spend nearly £12 million to build a new primary school for Truro New Town, to the west of the city at Langarth....

Plate protestors ask Truro & Falmouth MP to think again about free school meals during holiday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Protestors have laid a “plate protest” outside the office of Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory, demanding that the government takes action to alleviate food poverty...

Free school dinners row: protestors encouraged to show their feelings in Truro on Wednesday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Anti-poverty campaigners are to target the Cornwall office of Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory on Wednesday. The demonstration is one of scores seen around the...

Cornwall Council to fund free school meals during Christmas holidays

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is to fund a £400,000 scheme to provide free school meals during the Christmas holidays.  Each meal will cost around £3. The decision was...

Cornwall councillors challenged to fund free school meals during holidays

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is coming under pressure to fund a free school meals service during holidays, after several leading councillors criticised the county’s six MPs for voting...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs vote against extending free school meals to holidays during Covid-19

By Julia Penhaligon All six of Cornwall’s MPs yesterday (Wednesday) voted against providing free school meals to children at risk of going hungry. Sheryll Murray, Scott Mann, Steve Double,...

Rent increase threatens future of pre-school at Praze-an-Beeble

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Little Beebles pre-school at Praze-an-Beeble, between Camborne and Helston, has launched an online fundraising campaign in a desperate attempt to avoid closure.  Supporters have set...

EXCLUSIVE: Only five Cornish schools have had confirmed Covid-19 cases since term resumed in September – but more than 40% have had “suspected” cases

By Rashleigh MacFarlane With many Cornish schools about to embark on their half-term holiday at the end of next week, Cornwall Reports has found that more than 40% have...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council confirms it is to run its own mini bus service for school transport and adult social care

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council is to provide its own school transport service.  The cabinet member responsible for transport, councillor Geoff Brown, told Cornwall Reports that a fleet of...