Principal’s Blog: Mr Baker

This week I am delighted to announce my appointment as Principal at Penrice Academy. I’m proud to have been a part of this school for the last 8 years and I am really excited for what’s to come. My aim is simply to help make Penrice Academy the best school in Cornwall – both through academia and through the amazing opportunities our school provides its students.

My 8 years here have always been busy and inspiring, but last week was another stand-out week, full of things to shout about. We had a French Theatre Company performing last Monday to over 400 students from Years 7, 8 and 9 and students not only enjoyed it and interacted, but they understood it, which is real testament to the hard work of our Language team.

On Tuesday we had a number of visitors. Firstly, former student Byron Moyes returned, having approached us asking if we could be part of his Documentary project at Truro College. Byron interviewed some of our students, he filmed in lessons and he spoke with Mr Hopkins about technology in schools – leaving with great footage and great experience. Always brilliant when former students are so eager to return. You can read what he’s up to here.

Also on Tuesday we welcomed senior staff from primaries across the Peninsula Learning Trust for a day of personal tours of the school from students and group discussions about life within the schools in the Multi Academy Trust. This was a great opportunity for the Heads of our local MAT Primaries to come together not only to discuss all the schools in the Trust, but in many cases to find out how some of their former students are doing at Penrice Academy.

The Drama team and cast are hard at work putting the finishing touches to Midsummer – which is now only a week and a bit away. Tickets are on sale now – you do not want to miss this. Meet the cast here.

It’s with sadness that I also must mention in my first blog the passing of Maureen Clarke, who taught here at Penrice for many years. Maureen will be remembered for her gentle persuasive powers – she encouraged so many students to participate, progress and achieve in whatever they were taking part in, and always gave her full support whether it as part of technology, Learning Support or simply during Lunchtime Club. Our thoughts are with her family at this hard time. She was a real inspiration and will be greatly missed. There have been some really touching messages on our Facebook page which just goes to show what a presence she had in our community.

Congratulations to Lia in Year 7 who was interviewed by the papers on Friday – she’s won 46 trophies across Cornwall in the last 6 months with her skills on the trumpet! Her future in music is certainly bright. This Thursday is World Book Day and the first stage of planning for BBC School Report so it’s another exciting one.

Mr Baker, Principal