Cornwall will get a new secondary school on the North Coast of Cornwall, after the decision was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson.
Cornwall Council is delighted that Truro and Penwith Multi Academy Trust’s bid for a new secondary school on the north coast has been approved by the Government as part of its Wave 14 Free School programme.
The new school, which will provide 1,350 new secondary places, will be located in the St Agnes to Goonhavern area, although the final site is not yet confirmed.
In 2019 Cornwall Council announced its support for local MATs to bid to the Free School programme for a new secondary school in the North coast area as part of its school place sufficiency strategy across the Truro and Newquay area.
The four existing secondary schools in this area, which also serve several surrounding villages, have seen an increase in demand for places over the last five years due to population growth as well as significant amounts of housing development. As a result they are now nearly full, and new secondary school places are needed.
The new school on the North Coast will provide brand-new local education facilities to the rural communities in and around St Agnes, Perranporth, Goonhavern and Cubert, and create capacity in the Newquay and Truro secondary schools to meet the growing demands in those areas, including from the new Langarth Garden Village.
Cornwall Council will now work with Truro and Penwith Academy Trust, who have been chosen to open the new Free School, to bring the project to life.
Cabinet Member for Children and Public Health, Sally Hawken, said: “One of our strategic priorities is to ensure that children can access a high standard of education, in their local communities no matter their age. “
“Our Education Team have been looking at the feasibility of a new school in this area for quite some time and I am delighted that we have been recognised by the Department for Education.”
Cornwall’s new Secondary School is among 21 new free schools that have been announced by the Department for Education across England, creating more than 15,500 additional school places.
Dr Jenny Blunden OBE, Chief Executive of the Trust said: "We are delighted to be the Trust to lead the development of a new 11-16 secondary school in Cornwall.
"The new Free School will be built to meet the need for school places in North Cornwall and this is a really exciting day for education in Cornwall! We look forward to delivering outstanding teaching and learning for our students when they join us."
Ellen Winser MBE, Chair of the Trust said: "This is a really strong and positive development for the Trust and we are looking forward to working in partnership with Truro and Penwith College and others to build this new school for Cornwall."