Support for joint Penryn primary school 'academy' plan
The results are in from the public consultation on whether Penryn’s Junior and Infant Schools should join to form a primary academy.
More than 90 per cent of the 93 people who responded to the survey were in favour of the schools coming together with just two respondents against.
Robin Cowen, head of Penryn Junior School, said: “Overall we are absolutely delighted with the very high level of support for the merger.
“We have been told by the Department for Education (DfE) that approval ratings above 90 per cent are very rare and this demonstrates a real belief by the community that the children will clearly benefit from having one strong all-through primary school.”
A number of comments praised the proposed merger as a “natural development” of the two schools, providing a “fantastic opportunity” for a joined-up academy – which would be more convenient for parents and pupils, supporters said.
Fears over job losses and concerns about the “luxury” of having both a headteacher and a principal were highlighted by the consultation, as was the sentiment that: “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.
Mr Cowen said all questions and concerns would be addressed by a Question and Answer section on both schools’ websites to be published following a meeting with the joint committee of governors.
“We remain in close contact with the local authority and the DfE and the implementation date is still set for June 1, 2013,” he said.