Principal’s Blog: The School Community

This week the Ofsted report on Cornwall College was published and as it is the place where the majority of our students go after leaving us, I was delighted to read that it had been given a ‘Good’ rating, with some very encouraging words about the 16-19 provision.

We are fortunate in having both Truro College and Cornwall College regarded as either Good or Outstanding – across the country many FE colleges are being downgraded. Both colleges are always represented at every parent event and I really encourage you to speak to the staff about their provision and the ever-changing qualifications and courses that they run.

Living in Cornwall can mean that our children grow up with relatively little real knowledge and understanding of the multicultural place that much of Britain has become. This can mean that parts of our community are indifferent to the need to have an understanding of other cultures and to not actively dislike and discriminate against people who are visibly of ethnic origin beyond Britain.

We have a number of black and minority ethnic students in the school and for nearly all of the time and with nearly everyone here there is an acceptance that they are part of the school community. Those students report that they often encounter prejudice, taunts, insults hard stares or being ignored when they are not in school from adults in the community. I do not believe that Cornish or British people think this is right so we do our best in school to teach children that all humans are equal and that we are all individuals too. Judging a person by their colour, the way they dress, their choice of gender or sexuality is not acceptable. I really appreciate the support our students get from home in maintaining these fundamental values of not judging people but of spending time to get to know them.

Two great events this week. Years 7, 8 and 9 had a play entirely in Spanish delivered by a Spanish Theatre company – and they really followed it, understood it and laughed in all the right places. The Year 8 Go for It Day  was also a great opportunity for our students to explore all kinds of industries. One workshop saw students kitted in police uniform interrogating Mrs Thomas who was accused of stealing a phone and a lot of them nailed the process – calm introduction, explain why they’re there, check CCTV, call a female officer for search etc. – very, very impressive.

David Parker, Principal