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Route 39 Principal leaves

Following a poor Ofsted outcome in June 2017, it seems that the Principal, Mr. Jordan Kelly, will not be returning to the school. This has been confirmed in a letter to parents by Mr. Richard Bence, Chair of Governors. There is currently an Acting Principal in position, Mr. David Ray, from […]

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Route 39 appease spirits at their new site

Well, this was a new one on me, but I’m not very well up on Scandinavian folklore. It seems that the folk from Route 39 have been appeasing spirits at their controversial new school site in North Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On 12th October, the weather held as […]

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Outstanding Sixth Form results at Budehaven

Budehaven Community School is today celebrating the achievements of 81 sixth form students as the school again declares outstanding ‘A’ Level and BTEC examination results.  The students are celebrating the culmination of two years’ hard work with excellent results. A third of Budehaven students achieved A*, A or Distinction grades, with an overall pass […]

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What now for Route 39?

‌It’s August, results month, a time of trepidation – and yes, excitement – for many pupils in years 11 and 13. Except there was a recent furore that exam results won’t happen at one school in the area, Route 39 Academy. You will remember the Route 39 Ofsted Report, which […]

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Scott Mann welcomes new monies for schools

MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann, has welcomed an announcement by the Government that an extra £1.3 billion will be provided for schools between 2018 and 2020. Except, no offence to Scott, but it isn’t actually new money, it is redistributed money, some of which is coming from the government’s […]

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Why both teens and teachers could benefit from later school start times

Maybe a good idea, but the impact on kids like me (who liked to get up early) would be more negative.   Why both teens and teachers could benefit from later school start times James Williams, University of Sussex A typical school day in the UK starts around 8.30am. This […]

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Children’s lives put at risk at school…diabetes, asthma, epilepsy

  I do feel for schools, actually. The continuous stream of legislation requiring constant policy creation updating is an onerous task for staff (in often underfunded schools) and governors. However, children’s safety is vital within school settings. Therefore, this report from Diabetes UK is alarming. It seems that thousands of […]

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MP comments on Cornish schools’ funding cuts

As a parent, I received this letter this morning, so I’m making it more widely known because you all deserve to know what is happening to our children’s education, both nationally and especially locally.   “At a recent meeting of Cornwall’s secondary Headteachers and Principals, it was agreed that this […]

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Why both teens and teachers could benefit from later school start times

Maybe a good idea, but the impact on kids like me (who liked to get up early) would be more negative.   Why both teens and teachers could benefit from later school start times James Williams, University of Sussex A typical school day in the UK starts around 8.30am. This […]

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Why new school performance tables tell us very little about school performance

Why new school performance tables tell us very little about school performance Tom Perry, University of Birmingham The latest performance tables for secondary and primary schools in England have been released – with parents and educators alike looking to the tables to understand and compare schools in their area. Schools […]

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Cornwall Tories: Divided, Disruptive and Endangering Services say Lib Dems

It sounds like Cornwall Council is at war again, after Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have slammed a divided and disruptive cabinet, which they feel is endangering essential services in Cornwall. The move comes after a full council meeting during which members of the administration were regularly arguing with each other, says […]

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Historic Day for Bude’s Schools

Today, seven local schools join forces to become  The Bude Communities’ Schools’ Trust. This excellent community-based educational initiative is a demonstration of the co-operative way in which Bude’s schools, primary and secondary, work together. The schools have worked very closely over recent years to develop high quality opportunities for their children […]

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University of Exeter in World’s Top 200

I’m just back from a conference at the University of Exeter and, despite ‘cardiac hill’, it is a fabulous place to study. The University of Exeter is now one of the top 200 universities in the world, according to the largest and most extensive international league table, the QS World […]

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