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Cornwall School Standards Board

Cornwall’s educational results are just below the national average across all key stages. We have set out our ambition in our Education Strategy for Cornwall and our Education Service Business Plan to be in the top quartile of local authority performance by 2020.

Areas for particular focus are:

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  • Boys' underachievement
  • Mathematics
  • Writing in the Early Years and Primary Phase

In 2018, we set up the Cornwall School Standards Board to help drive forward this ambition and to support schools in providing world-class education to all children and young people in Cornwall.

The Cornwall School Standards Board is a local, strategic partnership driving a whole-system approach to address underperformance in schools within Cornwall. It combines local resources and expertise.

The partnership includes:

  • The Special Partnership Trust - Gina Briggs, Chief Executive Officer
  • Southerly Point Multi-Academy Trust - Brett Dye, Headteacher
  • Truro and Penwith Academy Trust - Jenny Blunden, Chief Executive Officer
  • The Diocese of Truro - Katie Fitzsimmons, Diocesan Director for Schools
  • Leading Edge Academies Partnership - Sara Davey, Chief Executive Officer
  • West Country Schools Trust - Rob Haring, Chief Executive Officer
  • Bridging the Tamar Learning Alliance - Julie Curtis, Headteacher
  • Redruth School - Craig Martin, Headteacher
  • Teaching Schools - Teresa Lawrance, Regional Teaching School Lead
  • Cornwall Council School Effectiveness - Jacquie Piper, Head of School Effectiveness
  • Cornwall Council, Together for Families - Tim Osborne, Interim Service Director, Education
  • Regional Schools Commissioner - Joanne Hampton, Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner

The Board also includes Sue Clarke, the Independent Chair, who is an experienced education professional, with a background in school improvement and strategic leadership.

Within the Board, three sub-committees will focus on Early Years, Primary and Secondary performance, all led by the Cornwall Council School Effectiveness Team leads for each phase.

The Board's top priority, and means to achieving its aim, is to develop and support school leadership. The main focus for the current cycle of work (2018/19) is to develop capacity within leadership and management at all levels. Teaching Schools will lead a number of support programmes, which will include a range of professional training opportunities. 

The Board will work alongside school leaders in all schools across Cornwall, including locally maintained schools, academies, Multi-Academy Trusts, co-operative trusts, free schools and independent schools and Alternative Provision Academies (APAs). They will work together to address under achievement in specific subject areas, across specific age ranges and within individual schools, with a focus on boys' underachievements, mathematics, and writing in Early Years and Primary schools.  

The Board will meet four times per year and the sub committees twice within each board cycle.

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