Principal’s Blog: The Summer Term

Welcome back and I hope you all had a restful Easter break.

It was a busy time for a number of our staff and students who took part in a wide variety of activities. Our Golf Star Ricardo in Year 10 had some incredible success at county level, our Show Jumping Team, led by Miss Trerise, did us proud and Year 10’s Natalie has been nominated as a Star Student for her work with the Drama Department in helping our Year 11s achieve the best they can at GCSE. Read more about that here.

We’ve also had students singing in the National Youth Choir and we have some great news from our Young Carers Team – but more on that next week.

Exam season is fast approaching and the first Year 11 exam is 17 days away. The need for organisation, revision and focus for our Year 11s has never been so important. We continue to offer support, guidance and encouragement and thank you to everyone for your continued support in school and at home.

Thank you to those of you who have completed our Kirkland Rowell Survey. This is a really important way of engaging with our parents, students and staff to find out how we are doing, so a high number of returns to ensure the best feedback would be greatly appreciated. I will use information when making future decisions on the direction of the Academy. You will have been emailed the password and your appropriate link (Parent, Staff or Student) can be found on the website. If you need a reminder of your password, please contact Reception.

The number of schools we’re now working with as part of the Multi Academy Trust is ever increasing and over the coming months we look forward to welcoming Mount Charles into the Trust. This continued growth and the ability to share resources and expertise is excellent news for the community of St Austell.

I have been writing to Year 6 parents and students this week and I’m delighted to say we’re oversubscribed once again for the coming academic year. This is fantastic news for the Academy and shows the trust and support the community have in all of us here at Penrice. We very much look forward to seeing our new students on the Welcome Days and in September.

This week saw the auditions for this year’s Penrice Has Got Talent, which already looks to be another brilliant showcase of the talent in our Performing Arts faculty. Tickets are available from the Finance Office.

Details of this year’s Curriculum Enrichment Week are also available now on our website in the form of a brochure. There are 21 ‘activities’ to choose from based at school and around Cornwall – from Art and Technology to fishing, water sports and exploring our county. You can read all about it here.

On a different note, I am growing increasingly concerned around the inappropriate use of IT outside of school causing distress for our students. The constant availability of the internet wherever you go means the misuse of IT is a real issue for students of all ages, in all schools. I would like to continue to work together to ensure IT is used appropriately whether at home, school or anywhere else. If you have any concerns, please contact the school.

Finally, I would like to transform the feel of the school and how we celebrate the achievements of our students and inspire them to achieve amazing things. If you have any suggestions please contact our PR and Communications Manager, Kyle, on

Richard Baker, Principal