Principal’s Blog: Hidden Talents

The Regional Schools Commissioner has said about Penrice this week: ‘There is significant capacity at Penrice and everything that should be done is being done to raise results.’ 

This is fantastic news and a real confidence boost for the school. The education landscape is ever shifting and this just reassures me and the rest of the leaders of the school. The full report will be presented to governors.

Also this week I have had several meetings with other secondary schools through our work as a National Teaching School. I’m really pleased to report that we will be working in collaboration on English, Maths and Science. This is really important, especially without the support of the Local Authority, that we work in partnership to challenge ourselves and others in order to raise standards for students across Cornwall.

Can I also take this opportunity to push the SCITT (Teacher Training) that we run here at Penrice for Secondary and with our local primary schools, especially Carclaze School, for Primary. If anyone is interested please get in touch with Katy Potter – kpotter@penrice.org.uk. In a recent event, we had our first ex-student enquire about training with us!

For the students this week we had the first GCSE exam, Ten Tors starts this weekend and of course, Penrice Has Got Talent.  All of our students have hidden talents and the determination and courage that they show to perform to an audience is truly inspiring. Good luck to the Ten Tors group and really well done to Year 8’s Timmy Cocklin for his winning dance – that he choreographed himself. You can read about it here see pictures in our gallery.

Richard Baker, Principal