Principal’s Blog: A Proud Week for Penrice


Two weeks into the new term and already the school is into its routines; the Year 7 no longer look lost and the new Year 11 Senior Prefect Team have smoothly taken over and are running break and lunch times.

We have run two Information Evenings this week for prospective parents and this year we decided to let Year 11 Prefects and Year 8 students do the talking, instead of us. Parents were placed around tables with a Year 11 and a Year 8 representative and invited to ask questions. Parents, if you could hear your sons and daughters speak so confidently, so knowledgeably, so articulately about their experiences at Penrice and why this has been a great school for them, you would be overwhelmed with pride. Next week is Open Day, when we invite Year 6 to spend a day with us and then open the doors to the community in the evening. Following Open Evening for the rest of the half term we have ‘Open School’ where parents and children can make appointments for tours of the Academy during the day.

We had Pirate FM doing a live broadcast from Penrice this week which generated a lot of excitement. The feedback from the Pirate FM crew was very positive about our students who were described as ‘incredibly polite’ and ‘full of questions’.

We now have after school clubs running every night of the week so there is no excuse not to be involved. We are getting nearly 200 students a night for sport clubs and the first fixtures have already been played – with Penrice beating Liskeard in the first round of the County Rugby Cup and then travelling to Truro School for a series of matches. Year 7 and Year 9 beat Truro School but the other sides fared less well. Truro is the school to beat in Cornwall (and the South West) so Year 7 deserve particular congratulation, playing for us for the first time. You can read the full Sport Report here.

If sport is not your thing, how about drama? Next week we begin rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and it’s great to see our new Year 7s involved alongside the seasoned veterans in other years. If it’s not the stage then there is the sound and light crew, the stage hands, the make-up team, costumes… we will try to find something in one of our extra-curricular clubs for everyone.

David Parker, Principal