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.

For the SPCMAT Modern Slavery Statement, please see Governance – Documents.

 

After great deliberation and in consultation with the Department for Education, the Board of Trustees has decided that it is in the best interests of our pupils for all our schools to transfer to other Trusts. Whilst we would have preferred all the Trust’s schools to transfer to one Trust together, this has not been possible to achieve. Following discussions with three Multi Academy Trusts based in Cornwall, it is our belief that Crofty Multi Academy Trust, Aspire Academy Trust and Truro and Penwith Academy Trust have the expertise and capacity to ensure our schools continue their improvement journey. Subject to consultation and the necessary agreements with the receiving MATs and the Department for Education, our schools will transfer as follows:

The following schools are proposed to transfer to Crofty Multi Academy Trust:

Godolphin Primary School

Sithney Community Primary School

Trannack Primary School

Porthleven School

Parc Eglos School

Halwin School

Garras Community Primary School 

The following schools are proposed to transfer to Aspire Academy Trust:

Breage Church of England School

Manaccan Primary School

St Keverne Community Primary School

Coverack Primary school

Grade-Ruan CofE Primary School 

The following schools are proposed to transfer to Truro and Penwith Academy Trust:

Helston Community College

Mullion School

Mullion Community Primary School

Landewednack Community Primary School 

The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) and her Advisory Board are due to meet to consider our decision on 4th July 2022. In respect of the Church of England schools, the approval of Askel Veur will also be required. Should our decision receive approval from the RSC, the receiving Trusts will immediately conduct due diligence with a view to completing the transfer of schools by January 2023.

Stakeholder engagement meetings are in the process of being arranged and dates will be confirmed shortly. In the meantime, representations can be made to the RSC by email to the following mailbox:

rsc.sw@education.gov.uk, where they will be considered at the Advisory Board meeting on 4th July.

Notice of Intended Closure of Cury Church of England Primary School 

 

Proposal

SPCMAT is currently working with our commissioner, Cornwall Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Diocese to seek the termination of our Funding Agreement for Cury C of E Primary School by mutual consent to the Secretary of State. This will effect the formal closure of the school. 

Considerations

A significant change in the number of pupils requiring places in this part of Cornwall unfortunately means the short, medium and long term viability of the schools has been brought into question. 

Additional contributing factors in 2020 and 2021, such as staff recruitment and retention, and both locally and nationally, placed further pressure on the viability and need for a school in the village. 

From September 2021, the Trust took the pupil centred decision to move all Key Stage 2 pupils educated at Cury C of E Primary school to alternative schools within the Trust. All Cury pupils moved to alternative SPCMAT schools and as such there were only 9 pupils on roll at Cury CofE Primary in September 2021 in the newly designated EYS/KS1 provision. 

In the period September 2021 to December 2021, many parents felt that their children required schools with more children and made their own decisions to move children to other local schools. By January 2022, only three pupils remained and transition arrangements were in place so that these children could move to other schools which their parents chose. 

By Easter 2022 there were zero children at Cury C of E Primary school.

The demand for places was no longer there and any potential future demand was also lacking. 

Having considered the pattern of demand in the previous 5 years and looking at how children had settled in their new schools considered the Trust and concluded that it should therefore, apply to the Minister to permanently close Cury C of E Primary School.

How will this affect pupils?

Our overriding aim has been to minimise disruption to pupils and to ensure that they continue to have access to a high-quality education. For this reason, we have ensured that all pupils previously educated at Cury have successfully transitioned to alternative SPCMAT schools. 

How will this affect school place requests?

There have been no requests for school places. 

We are therefore conducting a listening period for interested parties such as the local Parish Council to determine whether the Trust should proceed with the closure of Cury C of E Primary and we would like to invite your views on the matter. 

How can I share my views?

Please contact us via KTeague@southerlypoint.co if you have any questions, views or feedback on  this proposal. 

Alternatively, you can put your response in writing to: 

c/o Karen Teague

Southerly Point Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust

Helston Community College

Church Hill

Helston

TR13 8NR 

The listening period will close at 11.59pm on 1 July  2022. Therefore, please share your feedback prior to this date. 

Thank you for your participation.