Principal’s Blog: Great Impressions

It’s been an excellent week for Penrice. We’ve had a number of visitors on site taking in the atmosphere of the school and wanting to know all about us.

On Tuesday we had a visit from a Regional Schools Commissioner, who was interested to learn about our students, their lessons, and education at Penrice. I’m delighted to say that they were very impressed with what they saw, with the students they spoke to, and with the feel of the school. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for adding to the success of the visit.

Today we welcomed Mr Cooper, the new Chair of the Multi-Academy Trust, who was also keen to see Penrice in action. As the only secondary school and founding school of the Peninsula Learning Trust, it’s important we appear as a flagship, at the forefront of education. He is very impressed and I was delighted that he took so much time to meet staff and students across the school. I would also like to thank Jacky Sage (Vice Chair of the LGB) who also took part in the tour.

As you may have seen from the St Austell Voice this week, we had an issue over the Easter holidays regarding inappropriate messages being sent between pupils. This is a growing concern around the country and no school is immune. I’d like to reiterate that this incident happened outside of school hours, during the holidays, using personal devices. I really appreciated the attitude of the students who spoke up and told us. It shows just how much our efforts in eSafety education are having an impact. Thank you also to the Voice for working with us and raising the issue to a greater audience.

Following on from my Blog last week, speaking to a number of parents and continuing to scan the education horizon, I can confirm that no firm decisions have been made but to reassure you that Triple Science will remain part of the Option process here at Penrice Academy.

Last night I was lucky enough to witness a showcase of dance from students of all ages from across Cornwall. The quality on display was unbelievable and a real testament to the talents of both students and teachers. Next week it’s also Penrice Has Got Talent, tickets are still available from the Finance Office. And it’s hard to believe but the Leavers Ball is also just round the corner – 4 weeks today.

Unbelievably exams begin next week. Good luck to Year 11.

I hope you all have a restful Bank Holiday weekend.

Richard Baker, Principal