Visit to Cape Cornwall School, St Just last week was encouraging following some challenging times.
There were some financial uncertainties due to Government Funding changes that disadvantaged small secondary schools, like Cape, although small primary schools did gain. There was the damming OFSTED report of March 2017 but now it is the top 10 of improved schools in Cornwall, with exams results showing great improvement. They proudly display the league table on the entrance hall wall.
I was very aware of the positives of the school, despite the OFSTED report and asked the head about their ability to hang on to that, despite making major changes. The strength that I was referring to was “The school is highly inclusive and welcoming. It is an integral part of its community.” I was assured that remains the case, with students seen and treated as individuals and known by all staff. The head is keen that the school remains an active participant in our community and continues to support community events.
Like our local primary schools in Pendeen and St Just, Cape Cornwall School are now part of the Truro and Penwith Academy. So, anyone reading this pondering which secondary school their child should go to, I have no doubt your local secondary school will do your youngster proud!
I’ve agreed to go in to meet with school council members in the New Year as she felt the students would be particularly interested in my role in Cornwall Council’s Cabinet.