Mr C Coyle-Chislett

secretary@penpol.cornwall.sch.uk

01736 753472

2 St George's Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4AH

Schools in the UK are now closed to the majority of pupils until further notice, in line with Government policy.

Tom gets ‘Most Enthusiastic Boy’ award for surfing

Tom started Sandhoppers with the Hayle Surf Life Saving Club last year and has been making amazing progress. He enjoys swimming in the sea and has learnt to use a bodyboard. He has moved up to Nippers and was awarded a shield in October for ‘Most Enthusiastic Boy’. Tom is having great fun learning how to surf!

I feel fantastic because I got the award and my name is on the shield now. It is the first award I have ever won – Tom – Class 7 – Year 3

Parent Response to National Funding Formula Announcement

The following letter has been written by a Penpol parent and they have kindly offered to share their response as a template for other parents to use if they wish.

If you would like to use this letter to express your concerns, please click on the link below to download the file.


Dear Mr Eustace,

 

My name is __________ and I am a member of your constituency, living in Hayle. My children attend Penpol Primary School, and I have read with concern a letter composed by the ‘Worth Less?’ campaign for fairer funding in schools that outlines the significant disparity in forecasted funding for both primary and secondary schools here in Cornwall.

My understanding from this letter is that the Department for Education is supposed to ensure as a priority that schools with the same socio-economic / school based characteristics in one area of the country will be funded the same as another school in a different area of the country. The details of the changes in funding show a massively disproportionate level of funding in similar or like for like schools in Cornwall, compared to other areas of the country.

As a parent with children growing up in Cornwall I need to know that my concern – that they have a fair chance at achieving the best academic results in their schooling life compared to other regions – is both acknowledged and fought for, so I urge you to address this in parliament.

 

I look forward to your response.

 

Kind regards,

 

____________


Click here to download letter template – Word Document

Click here to download letter template – PDF 

 

Response to National Funding Formula Announcement – September 2017

28th September 2017

 

Dear Parent/Carer

The following letter has been composed by the 17 counties involved in the Worth Less? campaign for fairer funding for schools. It includes a fact sheet which reflects the impact the current funding crisis is set to have on local schools, including Penpol School.

 

Response to National Funding Formula Announcement – September 2017

Following the Secretary of State for Education’s announcement about school funding on 14 September 2017, Headteachers working across 17 counties – from Cornwall to Norfolk – believe that you have the right to know the facts that will affect your child’s education for years to come.

The attached information factsheet draws only from information provided by the Department of Education and the Independent Institute of Fiscal Studies. The implications of the newly announced funding formula are profound.

 

Is £1.3 billion enough?

It should be acknowledged that introducing a new national formula was complex and challenging. This Government is the first in a generation to try and grasp the nettle. Schools that have previously been at or below the “breadline” do receive some improvements to their funding position, but the universal view of Headteachers across the 17 counties is that this is not enough to make a real difference.

In July 2017, the Government announced that schools would benefit from £1.3 billion of additional funding. This does not, however, make up for the £3 billion overall reduction that was already announced and planned for 2015-20.   Over a five year period, there is a shortfall of approximately £1.7 billion. The Institute of Fiscal Studies states that during 2015-20 school budgets will have been cut in real terms by 4.6%.

This means that there is simply not enough money in the system. As a result, the Department for Education is unable to implement a new funding formula that meaningfully addresses the two principal aims of their new policy. These are, firstly, to fund all schools adequately and secondly, to ensure that schools with the same socio-economic / school based characteristics in one area of the country will be funded the same as another in a different part of the country.

 

So, how do the new arrangements work?

Instead, due to the £1.7 billion shortfall, the new funding formula is now dependent on a series of limits (capping) to either how much a school can gain or potentially lose from the formula. The caps are largely arbitrary and mean that any new per pupil funding is often based on the previously discredited formula.

Better funded schools gain funding protection which means that their relative positions are unaltered.  We have no real issue with this.  Schools such as ours know how challenging and difficult it is when budgets are reduced and squeezed to the limit. The problem is, however, that in order to fund these protections the Government is limiting what many other low funded schools will be able to gain under the new formula.  Crucially, these differences will not last for a year or two, they will last for years and years.

 

What does this mean for our schools?

The examples shown on the attached factsheet are truly shocking. Parents and Carers need to be clear that schools in very similar socio-economic areas will continue to have entirely different levels of funding. This often amounts to hundreds of thousands of pounds in the primary sector and even millions of pounds across the secondary sector each year.

Far from being resolved, your child’s education will still be at the behest of a post code funding lottery. Some schools with the same socio-economic characteristics will be able to afford teacher/pupil class sizes of 20, whilst others will have to make do with 35. Some children will have three Teaching Assistants in their class, whilst others from similar backgrounds in a different part of the country will have none.   At the end of the day though, all pupils will take exactly the same Key Stage 2 tests and go on to take the same maths and English GCSEs. Their futures are simply not being fairly catered for.

By the same token, “similar schools” with entirely different budgets will be made accountable via identical league tables and OFSTED inspections. How can this be fair or reasonable?

 

So what do we do now?

As stated previously, costs will continue to rise and again differently funded schools will have different abilities to soak them up. All school budgets will be under severe pressure, but some will be under much greater strain than others.

As Headteachers, we simply want to see every child’s school in England, funded adequately. It is not about all schools receiving identical amounts of money, but it is about the fair application of a formula right across the country

We recognise that there has been some improvement to our budgets and that as a country we must live within our means. We cannot, however, suggest the new formula is, in any way, satisfactory. The finances of very low funded schools are still insufficient to provide the service that your child deserves.

Your influence as parents/carers is utterly vital. Please discuss these issues with your local MPs and local representatives. There are also many active local parent groups who you can engage with. We will continue to lobby vigorously too and provide further updates shortly.

In his budget in March 2018, the Chancellor must do better to support your child’s education. MPs and education ministers must continue to bang the drum until every child’s education is fully and fairly funded.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Aidan Doyle

Headteacher

On behalf of 17 counties


Fact Sheet

 

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SEND Local Area Inspection – Webinar for Parents / Carers

As part of the Inspection of Cornwall Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 3 July 2017 to 7 July 2017, Ofsted will host an online webinar to allow parents and carers to contribute.
The webinar will take place at 1.30 pm on Friday, 30 June 2017. It will be led by the lead inspector, Nigel Evans HMI, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Cornwall Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.
Please therefore find below a link to the web page which is promoting the webinar; there is a link on the page for parents / carers to register prior to the webinar taking place.  This is also linked from the Cornwall Council Home Page Carousel.

Class 1 are ‘Hands-on’ at Animal Vets, Hayle

Class 1 had an amazing time at the animal vets in Hayle this week. The children had a fantastic experience and learnt all about how the vets treat the sick and injured animals and what to do to look after and care for them.

Jonathon and Claire McCotter had set up 5 different areas that the children could explore and investigate.

The first area run by Patrick McCotter was all about farms and farming. He was brilliant with the children and they learnt about the different animals that live on a farm and the different produce we get such as meat, eggs and milk.

In another room, Jonathon and Claire showed the children some x-rays. The children were captivated as they talked about what the animals have inside their bodies and related it to what the children have inside their bodies. We looked at some x-rays of a tortoise with an egg inside her and another x-ray of a dog with a broken leg.

The children really enjoyed bandaging Chester’s “poorly” leg and tummy.

We saw a puppy and we bandaged up the puppy’s leg because it was broken. We looked at his bones on the iPad. It was an x-ray – Caitlyn

Sarina was in the operating theatre with an anaesthetised toy dog. She talked to the children about the equipment they use in the operating theatre and the children loved getting dressed in operating gowns, tunics, trousers along with gloves and face masks to re-enact some surgical

procedures.

We fixed the animals with bandages, I put on a vet’s costume then fixed the dog. Rabbits eat carrots and cabbage the horses eat hay, the cows eat grass, the cats and dogs eat cat food and dog food – Corben

Carly was in the examination room with a menagerie of animals that the children could get up close to. They learnt all about ferrets, rats, cats, dogs and rabbits. The children were encouraged to touch and stroke the animals and were taught how to handle the animals correctly.

We looked animals, I liked the ferret. I liked stroking the animals the best. I stroked a rat and a ferret and a bunny they were fluffy and funny – Penny

Keri was in another examination room with Poppy the dog. The children were told all about how to keep a dog healthy and how to tell if a dog is becoming unhealthy. They had a go at listening to Poppy’s heart beat with the stethoscope, weighed her and had a go with the scanner to check she was microchipped.

Finally, Tamsin showed the children different types of food the animals eat and tried to get the children to work out which food was for which animal. She talked about a healthy diet and related it to the children’s own experience.

I really enjoyed it. We looked at lots of animals and learnt how to fix them and look after them. My Mummy and Daddy work there – Ethan

The whole morning was amazing. We would like to thank the whole team at the Animal Vets for this incredible opportunity and for all their effort and hard work that went into making our visit run so smoothly. We learnt so much from this wonderful experience.

Perfect Pancakes in Reception

Class 1 and 2 had a great time celebrating Shrove Tuesday. The children learnt all about why we traditionally eat pancakes before the start of lent and how it relates to the Christian religion.

We have pancake day so we can use up all the things in our cupboards we can’t eat for 40 days – Hazel.

Before making the pancakes, we thought about what ingredients we needed and how to make them. We wrote some instructions on how to make a pancake to help us make perfect pancakes.

Its pancake day today, we eat lots of pancakes. I have butter and jam on them. Mummy makes them with eggs and sugar and flour and milk – Safi

Next we had a go at measuring out the ingredients and mixing them together to make the batter. After they were cooked we added sugar and lemon juice and tucked in.

They are yummy, I love pancakes – Alex.

I like blueberries on mine – Harvey

Finally, there was enough batter left over to make one final pancake for flipping. The children found it hilarious when it occasionally ended up either on their shoulders, on their knees, in the book corner or on the floor!

My Mummy made pancakes and when she flipped it, it landed on the floor – Phoebe.

Reception Go Wild!

Both Reception classes were lucky enough to have a hands on experience with some of dinosaur’s closest relatives. Marks Ark came in and taught the children all about fossils, dinosaurs and how there are still some animals alive today that were around back then.

Fossils are animals that are underground and have lived in hard rocks – Harry.

Mark explained that animals eat lots of different types of food and taught the children that meat eaters are carnivores, vegetarians are herbivores and those that eat both are omnivores.

 

A T-Rex is a carnivore, because they eat other dinosaurs – explained Caio.

Marks Ark provided the children with a fantastic opportunity to learn in a very engaging way. As Mark was explaining about different animals, the classes got to meet Terry the Tegu, Matilda the python, Pilot the turkey vulture and a millipede. We also got to watch mark feed Pilot.

 

Did you know that dinosaur comes from the Latin for “Terrible Lizard”?

I liked the lizard because at the back of his tail it was really bumpy – James

The dinosaurs died out because a meteorite hit planet earth – Ethan

I liked the snake because it was soft on the top and soft on the bottom – Lylie

 

I like the snake because it was really long – Felix

 

A fossil is dinosaur bones – Sabina

 

 

Lylie’s Amazing Half Term Diary!

During the half term break Lylie created an amazing diary all about the exciting events she got up to with her family during the week. In her diary, Lylie wrote all about the delicious cupcakes she made with her sister Gracey Grace, using chocolate chips and chocolate icing.

She then wrote about the bike ride she went on with her Nanny and also the football match she watched where her brother Jack score a goal!

I made this  diary for the whole class. I love how I made it. My favourite day was when Jack played football because he scored a goal and I cheered.

She wrote all about the delicious pancakes she had made and then she described how she went to the beach and collected shells and seaweed to make a fabulous beach collage at home.

I went to the beach to pick up real shells and real seaweed up so I could put it in this picture.

Finally Lylie told her diary all about how she walked her nanny’s dog Bilko and really enjoyed having her cousin Sienna over to her house.

We walked my nanny’s dog on the beach and with me and Nanny and my Grandpa and he is called Bilko and really big and his fur is all white.