Southerly Point Co‑operative Multi‑Academy Trust has one simple objective: to enable excellence together.
We are a group of 19 schools situated around Helston and the Lizard – the most southerly part of Cornwall. We are a Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust. We believe in working together so that everyone benefits. Our work is underpinned by the co-operative values:
Self-help – Self-responsibility – Equity – Equality – Democracy – Solidarity – Social responsibility – Openness – Honesty – Caring for others
These values inform everything that we do.
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By working together as a Trust, we will enable every school to become outstanding through school to school challenge, support and development and the provision of excellent support services, allowing headteachers to focus on the main thing: our children. Each child in every school will always come first.
Classroom Structure at Coverack and Cury Primary Schools
On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th May, initial consultation meetings were held with parents of the schools to discuss a proposed change to class structure for Autumn 2021.
The Trust wants to provide a quality education for children. But each school’s funding is dictated by the number of pupils attending so, when pupil numbers fall, the ability to provide such quality suffers.
Sadly, the current class models are no longer sustainable because of the decline in pupil numbers and the projected future demographics.
The current pupil roll would mean teaching the whole school as one class for some or all of the day resulting in reception aged children being taught alongside Year 6 pupils. We believe this will have a detrimental affect on all the pupils and teaching staff and the results they can achieve together.
Consequently, the School’s Trustees are proposing a significant change to a new Infant only provision, age 4 -7 at Coverack and 3-7 at Cury, from Autumn 2021.
Following guidance on process from the Department for Education, we have four weeks to complete a consultation with parents over the proposals, in order to start the new proposed pattern in September. This means that Key Stage 2 pupils would need to move schools. The Trust plans to align the curriculum with the next nearest setting, but ultimately which school is selected remains a parental choice.
We recognise this is a disappointing development.
We are all focussed on ensuring the highest quality of education for our children and making sure the schools remain a presence in the village, with the potential to grow, should the demographic picture improve in the future.
Parents are invited to visit the school to discuss the plans with members of the Southerly Point Trust on a drop in basis: Tuesday 8th June between 3.30pm-6.00pm at Cury and Wednesday 9th June between 3.30pm-6.00pm at Coverack. We do hope to see you then.
Should you be unable to attend, please post questions to the Trust Administrator, Karen Teague, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be anonymised, answered and then posted on the appropriate school website (FAQ) for all to read.
Please do take the opportunity to take part in the consultation. We trust the end result will ensure the best possible educational provision for the villages with the future possibility of expansion, should pupil numbers increase.