The school is a mixed 11 to 18 comprehensive school established in its present form in 1968. The school converted to Academy Status in April 2011, and became part of a Multi Academy Trust (SMART) with one of its partner primaries, Landulph, in January 2014. The SMART family expanded in 2016 to include Liskeard and Looe Secondaries along with Dobwalls and Trewidland Primaries. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it occupies a 13 acre site overlooking Plymouth Sound and the Tamar, Tavy and Lynher rivers.
The catchment area includes Brunel Community Primary School, Burraton Community Primary School, Bishop Cornish School, St Stephens School, Landulph School, Sir Robert Geffrey’s School, Landrake, and St Germans School. An increasing number of students are now joining the school from outside the immediate catchment area in both Year 7 and Year 12. The school is regularly oversubscribed.
The facilities in our community school are enjoyed by many people, though of course our students are the first to benefit. The school is well equipped with excellent teaching facilities to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum.
We have 12 laboratories, a whole school computer network with over 1,000 machines, 78 teaching rooms, including an industry-standard catering room, a gymnasium and sports hall. Specialist rooms are also available for Music, Art and Drama.
We constantly seek ways of enhancing our school environment. We secured funding from the Department for Education to enhance 14-19 provision, not just at our school, but across the whole of South East Cornwall. As part of the new build project, which includes a superb video conferencing suite, we were also able to extend and develop our 6th Form centre and facilities, providing extensive space for the benefit of our post 16 learners.
We enjoy the support and sponsorship of a number of organisations, including Microsoft, who have donated 25 ‘Surface’ tablets to the school and a range of educational software.
We have a well stocked Library/Resource Centre where students can research and access information from a wide variety of sources.
We also have a livestock area containing pigs, chickens and goats and several allotments which enhance provision in many curriculum areas.
Our extensive sports fields, including a superb floodlit all-weather pitch, are amongst the best in the county, enabling us to offer a wide range of different sports to our students and local community