Classroom structure at Coverack Primary School
Consultation Meeting for Parents 27 May 2021
Thank you to those who attended yesterday’s meeting.
For those of you who didn't manage to come, the meeting was convened to discuss the classroom structure for the new academic year starting in September 2021.
The school 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 two class model is no longer financially 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 every afternoon 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 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 at St Keverne School as the next nearest setting, but ultimately which school is selected remains a parental choice.
We recognise this is a very disappointing development.
We are all focussed on ensuring the highest quality of education for our children and making sure the school remains 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 Wednesday 9th June between 3.30pm-6.00pm on a drop in basis. An invitation is extended to Parents who were unable to attend the first briefing and to Parish Councillors from 6-m to 7pm. We do hope to see you then.
Should you be unable to attend, the Trust administrator's email is included in the attached consultation paper where any questions can be posed. These will be anonymised, answered and then posted on the 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 village with the future possibility of expansion, should pupil numbers increase.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD
I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher of Coverack Primary and part of Southerly Point Cooperative Multi-Academy Trust. Coverack has a very special school family which is integral to the Coverack community. We embrace the Trust values of Self-help, Self-responsibility, Democracy, Equality, Equity, Solidarity, Openness, Honesty, Social Responsibility and Caring for Others.
Our highly talented teaching staff are ambitious for every child in their care and bring excellence and enjoyment together to the classroom. We know that children learn best when they are excited and engaged, so we have created a curriculum which does just that. The excellent teaching challenges the children and shows them what they can achieve.
We place great emphasis on developing strong relationships with all our children, parents and carers, along with our local and wider community, to provide the best possible outcomes for our children.
My door is always open to parents, carers, prospective parents and, of course, to our children. As a school we value all feedback and believe that the best way for our children to succeed is by everyone working together.
If you would like to arrange a visit, please call or email our school secretary and I will be happy to welcome you to our school. In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy looking at our website.