Cornwall proposes new education model
A unique education offer is being proposed, which has the
potential to inject millions of pounds into communities in
Cornwall. A unique partnership, comprising of Cornwall County
Council, local secondary schools, Cornwall College and the
University of Plymouth has come together to investigate the
establishment of two 'next-generation' academies
The two sites for consideration are Newquay and the areas
of Camborne, Pool and Redruth (CPR).
This genuinely innovative proposal is in the early stages
and the partnership has come together to progress feasibility
studies for the two new style academy trusts. The partnership
will be submitting an 'expression of interest'
to the Department of Education and Skills (DfES) and expects
to receive feasibility funding to undertake detailed planning
for the project. The schools, the College and the University
will continue to work closely with their communities and their
governing bodies on the formulation of detailed proposals.
If the feasibility study concludes positively, then Cornwall
will have a national lead on a new model of delivering education
at the school, college and university level.
The twin aim of these 'next-generation' academies
is to upgrade and develop the 11-18 educational resources
in these areas of Cornwall and to significantly improve the
opportunities for progression to further and higher education;
this means new classrooms, new facilities and unrivalled opportunities
for college and university study. This is an exciting, ground
breaking Cornish model for education, where fully integrated
schools, college and university provision will be developed
on new, purpose built sites.
As well as providing the best opportunities for young people,
this initiative will play a key role in regeneration projects.
Each academy would offer world class learning facilities for
students and their families and will provide a vital boost
to the economic prospects of both communities through investment,
academic achievement and the enhancement of the skills base.
Dean Ashton, Director of Services for Children, Young People
& Families said: "This is an unmissable opportunity
for Cornwall to investigate the possibility of forging a new
model of education practice. The prospect of sealing the best
possible deal for learners in Newquay and CPR is a goal that
all partners are committed to. The schools' head teachers
and their governing bodies deserve immense credit for taking
this bold first step. This partnership gives the county the
opportunity to lead policy in post 11 education on a national
Mark Cleary, Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Plymouth
explains: "The University of Plymouth has offered
Higher Education opportunities in Cornwall for over 30 years.
This proposed model of integrating our offer seamlessly with
the work of our partners at Cornwall College and the schools
is a ground breaking improvement to our offer to learners
in Cornwall. The University of Plymouth has always demonstrated
a commitment to the county of Cornwall and this proposal develops
that commitment to a new level."
John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College said: "National
evaluations from the National Audit Office (NAO) have shown
that Academies are beginning to demonstrate real value for
money. Our proposals for two next-generation Academies will
provide an education offer aimed at maximising progression
opportunities for learners and the best possible chance of
"This is the beginning of a journey that the partners
will undertake together. The potential scale of the investment
that our proposal could unlock would be genuinely transformational."
Malcolm Gillespie, South West Regional Director of the Learning
and Skills Council said, "We welcome this initiative
which brings a joined up approach to meeting the educational
needs of young people in the South West to give them the best
possible access to appropriate education and training."
Ian Tunbridge, Executive Director of Combined Universities
in Cornwall said: "As CUC enters the next phase
of its development, the partnership has recognised the opportunities
of working more closely and collaboratively with schools.
This proposal is a terrific platform for CUC to deliver on
that ambition. This ground breaking initiative would make
a wider range of high quality courses significantly more accessible
to learners in Cornwall."
For further information please contact the Press Office at
Cornwall College on 01726 226527.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College and the University of
Plymouth are partners of the CUC.
Newquay Treviglas School, Newquay Tretherras School, Camborne
School & Community College, Redruth School and Pool Business
& Enterprise College have worked with Cornwall College
over many years on a range of vocational pathways and with
the University of Plymouth.
Cornwall College has been an accredited college of the University
of Plymouth since the 1970s and the University's commitment
to the county is long standing. All of the partners have a
proud tradition of social inclusion and providing opportunity
to the widest possible range of learners.
Newquay is the largest town on the north coast of Cornwall
with a population of 19,562 and a higher proportion of young
people than the county as a whole. The Indices for Deprivation
for 2004 show that of the 14 Lower Super Output Areas (SOAs)
in Newquay, three fall within the worst 20% of SOAs in England.
Newquay Travel to Work Area (TTWA) currently contributes 3.9%
of employment but only 3.5% of GVA in the County. Newquay
sits in the Borough of Restormel where 31.7% of those aged
16-74 have no qualifications, compared with 21.9% nationally
and only 12.3% of the same demographic hold higher level 4/5
qualifications against a national average of 19.8%. Restormel
is placed in the most deprived quartile of all local authorities
Camborne-Pool-Redruth (CPR) is the largest urban and industrial
area in Cornwall. Once among the richest mining areas in the
world, CPR has suffered a long period of industrial decline,
which has led to a lack of investment and a spiral of low
wages, poor employment opportunities and large areas of derelict
land and empty buildings. The Indices of Deprivation 2004
show that the CPR area is among the 20% most deprived areas
in the country. 15,000 people live in these deprived areas,
accounting for a third of the population of the CPR conurbation.
Median gross weekly earnings among full time workers in Kerrier
were just £325 per week compared to the median of £348
for Cornwall and £398 for the South West region. Adult
educational attainment is also poor in the area, with over
33% of the working age population with no qualifications.
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