Secondary school scales up as demand for places grows

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James Davidson, headteacher of Penair School.

21st April 2021

By Matt Dixon

An increase in housing in Truro will result in significant expansion for one of the city’s secondary schools.
A new 10-classroom block will be built as Penair School will increase its capacity to 1,350 children by 2023.
Headteacher James Davidson said: “Penair has been approached by the council as a preferred site for expansion, which we believe recognises not only the space available, but the current popularity enjoyed by the school.”
The news follows an announcement earlier in the year that a new secondary school will be built between St Agnes and Newquay, to cope with increased demand.
Mr Davidson said that the new school on the north coast would only be “part of the solution” and is delighted that the expansion at Penair will bring additional capital investment.
Besides the ten classrooms, which would be built on a currently unused area of the site, the dining hall would also be expanded.
Mr Davidson added: “Parents will be aware that our school has been growing significantly over the last five years and we now have 1,023 students on our roll. Parents and children are making a positive choice about Penair School and we are immensely proud of all of our young people. As a school we are also attracting significant numbers of children from the north coast who are enriching our school community.”
It is hoped that work at Penair will be completed by September 2022.
The local authority will be leading on the project with contractors and it is currently going through a number of feasibility studies, with planning consultations and applications taking place in June.
Mr Davidson added: “This proposal gives us a real opportunity to grow the school and move us forward in terms of our strategic vision and plans.
“We are excited about the prospect of a new building providing teachers and support staff with excellent facilities to further enhance the experience of school for our young people.”

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