Education

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...

Penvose – a new village near Penryn, and home to 1,800 students – this is what it will look like

By Richard Whitehouse Detailed plans have been submitted for a student village in Penryn, providing beds for more than 1,800 students. The Penvose Student Village already has outline planning...

Who can translate “Boris Johnson stultus est?” Cornwall’s schools ponder the government’s new push to impose Latin onto the curriculum (or should that be curricula?)

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campaigners for the Cornish language are to intensify their efforts to secure more government funding after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced £40 million to boost Latin...

Gymnastics centre to be demolished and replaced with housing

By Richard Whitehouse The Mullion Gymnastics centre is to be demolished and replaced with two houses after the local school said it would be unable to take over the...

Covid forces closure of Newquay Tretherras school, meaning early start to the summer holidays for 1,600 pupils

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Newquay Tretherras school has closed early for the summer holidays because so many pupils and staff have tested positive for Covid.  Most schools in Cornwall are...

A30 roadworks between Carland Cross and Chiverton reveal archaeological treasures

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The construction of a new A30 road between Carland Cross and Chiverton has uncovered important archaeological finds, dating from the stone age to Cold War military...

Cornwall Council reminds the parents of 15,000 children that school holidays do not mean the end of free school meals

By Julia Penhaligon Parents of children eligible for free school meals are being reminded to contact their schools if they have not yet received food vouchers to use over...

When Cornwall’s housing crisis and parking difficulties collide: councillors defer plan needed by hospital staff

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall’s main hospital trust has warned that staff are finding it ever more difficult to find places to live as the housing crisis continues. Royal Cornwall...

Covid-19 forces school closures in Cornwall

By Richard Whitehouse At least three schools and two pre-schools have closed in Cornwall after the number of cases of positive Covid-19 cases increased. Cornwall Council has confirmed that...

Cornish “National Minority” project to get new “strategic leadership” as County Hall shakes up its working group

By Graham Smith Some dangerous political waters have been stirred by a County Hall proposal to strip its “Cornish National Minority Working Group” of any executive functions and transfer...

Falling pupil numbers force Coverack primary school to consider teaching infants only

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coverack primary school, on The Lizard, is consulting parents about teaching only infants aged 4-7 because of a steep drop in pupil numbers. The school’s most...

County Hall Tories take chair and vice chair of children and families scrutiny committee

By Julia Penhaligon County Hall’s Conservatives continued to collect influential positions on Cornwall Council this morning when James Mustoe was elected to lead the children’s and family scrutiny committee. ...

Historic Cornish manuscripts return for the first time in 400 years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Four dramatic play manuscripts, around 700 years old, are to go on show in Cornwall.  It will be the first time in more than 400 years...