The RT Hon Nick Gibb MP visits Bishop Bronescombe School
Bishop Bronescombe school welcomed a very special visitor this week. Head of School, Debbie Carmichael, said: "The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, the government Minister for Schools, paid us a flying visit to see what we do and to hear both pupils’ and staff’s views on education. Mr Gibb was given a tour of the school and then met with our new School Parliament to discuss all manner of things. He was very impressed with their enthusiasm as well as their high aspirations for the future! Mr Gibb then met with teachers and we were able to express our thoughts on education from assessment to funding to wider support for families. He was very complimentary about both staff and pupils. We were all very proud that he should choose BB to visit."
Lerryn C of E Primary School pupils win national bell ringing award
Lerryn C of E Primary School pupils were announced as the winners of The Sarah Beacham School Group Award by the Association of Ringing Teachers at a ceremony on 3 March 2018.
Pupils from Lerryn C of E Primary School, the only school in Cornwall with a team of bell ringers, are celebrating after winning The Sarah Beacham School Group Award. Runners-up in 2017, the school achieved the top prize this year in the prestigious award recognising groups promoting the art of bell ringing.
The path to the pupils’ outstanding success began three years ago when the bell ringers of St Mary Bradoc and St Winnow churches asked the school to become partners in a project to promote bell ringing in Cornwall. School monitoring councillor and bell ringing captain, Rob Pearce, had the idea as he thought it would be a great opportunity to involve the children in a community project and showcase the fun of bell ringing.
Rob said: “This project demonstrates how two small churches and a small school have engaged with young people and their parents and had fun. The whole group’s profile and involvement in the community has grown significantly because of their participation. Thanks to the funding opportunities this created, we have been able to invest in our resources and now have an accessible state of the art teaching centre at our church at Bradoc and ten new bells at St Winnow Church.”
Bell ringers from the church meet with the pupils each Friday morning, regularly helped by Roz Lee, parent and school monitoring councillor, and other parents at times. The children have clearly enjoyed learning these new skills, describing it as: “fun and exciting”, “inspirational”, “I think other children should be encouraged to learn to ring bells.” They can also see how their success will ensure bell ringing in the community continues. Olivia, previously a pupil at the school, said: “Maybe one day my child or grandchild will ring the bells.”
Invitations to see the pupils’ bell ringing skills in action have been numerous and include civil and church weddings, BBC Music Day, the Churches Together stand at the Royal Cornwall Show, St Winnow Way Pilgrimage, BBC Children in Need appeal, BBC Spotlight South West, Radio Cornwall, Pirate FM and events at Truro Cathedral. Their success also led to the first Cornish Scout Badge for bell ringing being launched earlier this year.
Image: Pupils from Lerryn school ringing the portable 8 bells at Truro Cathedral
Marhamchurch C of E School joins Celtic Cross Education
Delight from the school community as Marhamchurch C of E Primary School joins an established and expanding multi-academy trust.
On 1 January 2018, Marhamchurch C of E Primary School formally joined Celtic Cross Education, the multi-academy trust supporting the school since 2016. Faye Emery, chair of the School Monitoring Council, said: “We’ve had incredible support while various changes took place within the school. Darren Hoare was brought in from the academy trust (then called The Saints’ Way) as acting head and will stay in this role for the foreseeable future, having stabilised the school during an unsettled period due to changes in leadership.”
Darren Hoare said: “It is my pleasure and privilege to have been appointed acting head of school at Marhamchurch. Our improvement journey is already well underway with all the staff working extremely hard to improve the outcomes for all pupils. Celtic Cross Education supported the school prior to its conversion and will continue to work in partnership with us to effect positive change.”
Stuart Renshaw, CEO of Celtic Cross Education, said: “The inclusion of Marhamchurch brings our family of schools to twelve. We are a strong church group but are always looking to support other schools in the community through our outreach work. Our aim is to continue to grow, and strength in numbers is something we advocate.”
Celtic Cross Education was launched on 1 December 2017, merging two existing multi-academy trusts: The Saints’ Way and St Piran’s Cross. The twelve schools within Celtic Cross Education are: Bishop Bronescombe, Grampound Road, Grampound with Creed, Ladock, Lerryn, Marhamchurch, St Mabyn, St Michael’s, St Petroc’s, St Tudy, St Winnow and Veryan. Celtic Cross Education has over 2100 pupils on roll.
Image: Faye Emery (chair of School Monitoring Council - centre) with Stuart Renshaw (CEO of Celtic Cross Education - right) and Darren Hoare (Head of School – left) at Marhamchurch C of E Primary School.