Education

Plans published for Lostwithiel centre to study plant science

By Richard Whitehouse Detailed plans for the latest venture from Eden Project co-founder Tim Smit have been published. Sir Tim shared a video last year about his plans for...

Cornwall Council will provide free school meals at half term

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will provide free school meals over the February half term after the Department for Education told schools yesterday (14th January) that the government would...

Concern over the future of Cornwall’s pre-school nurseries

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors have called for more to be done to help nurseries and pre-schools which are losing out on funding. Early years providers like nurseries and...

Cornwall Council condemns “poor value for money” food boxes provided to children who qualify for free school meals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has condemned companies which have provided inadequate “school meals” to the children of families impacted by the Covid pandemic. County Hall has contacted the...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s schools now have seven times as many pupils in class as during Lockdown 1

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The number of children attending Cornwall’s schools is currently seven times what it was during the first Covid-19 lockdown.  Public health leaders in Cornwall are urging...

Anger as “free school meals” replacement serves near-empty boxes to Cornwall’s hungry children

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has said it is investigating widespread reports that its replacement meals service for children unable to attend school because of Covid-19 is supplying boxes...

At least 17 Cornish primary schools closed because of Covid-19

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is trying to collate information about which schools are closed today (Monday) because of Covid-19, despite the urging of Prime Minister Boris Johnson that...

Some Cornish schools announce last-minute closures because of Covid-19

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Several Cornish primary schools are not reopening today (Monday) despite the urging of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A flurry of last-minute posts on social media last...

Chaos and confusion as nobody knows which schools in Cornwall will open tomorrow, as Covid-19 spirals out of control

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Parents across Cornwall are being urged to check with their children’s school as the debate about reopening continues in government.  With fewer than 14 hours before...

Will today’s Covid rules outlaw Cornwall’s New Year’s Eve parties?

By Anne North Cornwall will find out this afternoon (Wednesday) about the Covid-19 restrictions which will apply for New Year’s Eve celebrations tomorrow evening. Political opinion is divided between...

Eden Project to stay closed until at least 6th January

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Eden Project is to remain closed until at least 6th January, following landslides caused by flooding on 19th and 20th December.  The charity says the...

Covid-19 testing to become routine in Cornwall’s schools and colleges next month

By Anne North Secondary school staff in Cornwall are to be tested regularly for Covid-19 next month, public health chiefs announced this morning (Thursday.) The testing will also be...

Work due to start on new science building at Callywith College, Bodmin

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Work on a new £6.3 million science building at Bodmin’s Callywith College is due to start in February. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and...

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...