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School Build Update

We thought you might want to see how the work is progressing on site. We are on track for building completion at the end of August and looking forward to meeting our very first cohort of Reception children when term begins in September.

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New Build to Start

We are delighted to announce that contractors will be on the Newquay Tretherras site on Monday 25th to start work on our brand new primary school building.

Mr Craig Hayes is Newquay Primary Academy’s Executive Headteacher:

“I am so excited that work is finally going to commence on site so that we can open the doors of Newquay Primary Academy to our first ever cohort of pupils in September 2021.

“Our historic school motto – Proba Tene (hold fast) – echoes our belief in the importance of doing the right thing, working hard together and being resilient in everything we do. I have been working on this project since late 2015 and we have definitely had to ‘hold fast’ to overcome challenges and obstacles in order achieve our dream for the Newquay community.

“My next job is to work alongside my CELT colleagues to employ an outstanding staff team and create a safe, calm, happy and purposeful place where every child feels wanted, loved and valued for exactly who they are. My newly appointed team will work collaboratively over the next few months to create a curriculum that will develop our pupils’ independence, confidence, resilience and curiosity. This is not just wonderful news for me, but an exciting time for our first cohort of pupils and their parents as their primary school career begins.”

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Pre-Opening Consultation Report

As part of the process of opening a new school, Cornwall Education Learning Trust was required to hold a consultation exercise (under Section 10 of the Academies Act 2010) to determine whether the Trust should enter into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State to set up a free school. We ran a six-week consultation period from 5th October to 16th November 2020. This consultation was an important part of the pre-opening stage both to raise local awareness of our plans for Newquay Primary Academy and to satisfy the legal requirements around setting up a free school. 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our consultation questionnaire. The Section 10 Report has been submitted to the Department for Education and can be viewed and downloaded below.

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New School Plans

Following the Parent Information sessions, we can now reveal further information about the plans and site for Newquay Primary Academy.

Newquay Primary Academy will be co-located with Newquay Tretherras secondary school.

Primary pupils will be able to learn in specialist facilities not accessible to most primary school pupils, including science and technology rooms.

The Primary School will have a separate entrance and access, with the option to access shared facilities across the whole site.

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Parent Information Day

We are holding an Information Day for prospective families to learn more about Newquay Primary Academy on Tuesday 6th October at Newquay’s Lighthouse Cinema.

30-minute information sessions will be held throughout the morning and evening, book your place in advance to ensure you don’t miss this opportunity.

We are pleased to welcome families groups of up to 6 people to attend one of these sessions. The capacity of each session will be capped to ensure we can maintain safe distancing between groups. We must ask that face coverings are worn inside the venue. In addition we will ensure:

  • Stringent personal hygiene policy including use of hand sanitisers
  • Enhanced cleaning of venue
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Apply for a place

Our brand new academy is admitting new Reception pupils only from September 2021. We are able to offer 60 places in our Reception classes. Growing our school year-by-year from Reception will ensure we can provide an outstanding education for every year group from entry. At Newquay Primary Academy our core aim is to provide a safe, happy and challenging learning environment where every child can experience success.  

Our admission arrangements – including over-subscription criteria should we receive more applications than we have places available – are detailed on the Apply for a Place section of our website.

You will be able to apply for a Reception place by submitting an application form to Cornwall Council from 1 September 2020.

Please note that there is no advantage in applying early. All applications received by the deadline will be considered equally in the allocation process.  However, there would be a disadvantage in applying after the deadline. This is because it is possible that our school will already be full.  

Book a place at one of our parent information sessions being held at Newquay’s Lighthouse Cinema on Tuesday 6th October.

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Our new school

Our new school is due to be built by Caledonian on the site of a former education block at Newquay Tretherras. The design is for a two-storey building along with an outdoor physical education pitch, netball and tennis courts. The new school will be a two-form entry with capacity for up to 420 children. Talks have been taking place about opening Newquay Primary Academy since 2016 when the plans were first put forward.

We are excited to be opening our doors to our first Reception class in September 2021.