On the 1st September two primary schools in Falmouth (King Charles C of E Primary School and St Francis C of E Primary school) joined the Cornish, and wholly primary stage, multi-academy trust Kernow Learning.
This followed the decision made by the Regional School’s Commissioner Headteachers’ Board on the 18th May 2020. Both schools were previously part of Falmouth MAT which was a partnership of King Charles C of E and St Francis C of E with Falmouth School.
Kernow Learning has a Church of England school within its family and representation of the church at senior Governance level. Falmouth Primary Academy is already part of Kernow Learning which means that the three Falmouth based primary schools are now able to work together to provide a love of learning and the best possible education for children across Falmouth.
Kernow Learning is proud of its track record of collaborative working with all stakeholders, from other multi-academy trusts to parents, pupils, and the wider local community. In the spirit of this collaborative approach the Trust expects each of its academies to be both a ‘giver’ and ‘receiver’ of support.
As part of this support, the staff and school governors at King Charles and St Francis will have access to a robust programme of school improvement utilising the skills and experience of key staff. CPD is a core part of Kernow Learnings school to school support and school improvement offer and staff are actively encouraged to undertake accredited training and development relevant to their role. In addition to staff development, staff wellbeing is a key focus of the Trusts HR support and staff retention provision. The Kernow Learning operational core team are focused on making school budgets go further through their centralised finance, procurement, HR, governance support and the management of school buildings and facilities.
The move, which expands Kernow Learning to 19 primary schools and one free school in pre-opening, was finalised this week.
Kernow Learning is a community of over 4,900 children aged 2 to 11 in 19 primary schools, 17 of which are Ofsted rated good or outstanding and has a sponsored academy which has been moved from Requires Improvement to Good and is now delivering good practice to schools across Cornwall.
The Trust was formed in 2019 by the merging of Atlantic Centre of Excellence Trust and The Learning Academy Trust and has already developed a reputation for excellent standards and is able to offer a range of outdoor learning and global citizenship opportunities through its partnerships and projects with the Eden Project and the British Council.
The Trust is a part of the Kernow Teaching School Alliance and is recognised nationally for good practice in reading and writing through the English Hub at Trenance Learning Academy.
Hannah Stevens, Head Teacher at St Francis C of E Primary School, said: “St Francis is excited to become part of such a dynamic Trust where there is proven experience of leading school improvement. We are looking forward to forging relationships with the whole team and working alongside the many other schools within the Trust.
At the heart of St Francis is our vision statement where ‘every person matters, every person helps, every person succeeds’, and we believe that our vision will be strengthened through joining Kernow Learning, who share a similar ethos to ours.”
Lee Moscato, Head Teacher at King Charles C of E Primary School, said: “King Charles School is delighted to be part of the Kernow Learning family of schools and we look forward to collaborating and learning together. At King Charles we are committed to ensuring that everyone in our school shines and we know that Kernow Learning will help us do exactly that!”
Jennie Walker, Kernow Learning CEO, said: “We celebrate St Francis and King Charles CE schools joining the Trust and believe that everyone involved will be strengthened by this move. The Trust supports the schools’ individual visions and aspirations for the future to continue to provide excellence teaching and learning for their local communities.”