Notice of Intended Closure of Cury Church of England Primary School
SPCMAT is currently working with our commissioner, Cornwall Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Diocese to seek the termination of our Funding Agreement for Cury C of E Primary School by mutual consent to the Secretary of State. This will effect the formal closure of the school.
A significant change in the number of pupils requiring places in this part of Cornwall unfortunately means the short, medium and long term viability of the schools has been brought into question.
Additional contributing factors in 2020 and 2021, such as staff recruitment and retention, and both locally and nationally, placed further pressure on the viability and need for a school in the village.
From September 2021, the Trust took the pupil centred decision to move all Key Stage 2 pupils educated at Cury C of E Primary school to alternative schools within the Trust. All Cury pupils moved to alternative SPCMAT schools and as such there were only 9 pupils on roll at Cury CofE Primary in September 2021 in the newly designated EYS/KS1 provision.
In the period September 2021 to December 2021, many parents felt that their children required schools with more children and made their own decisions to move children to other local schools. By January 2022, only three pupils remained and transition arrangements were in place so that these children could move to other schools which their parents chose.
By Easter 2022 there were zero children at Cury C of E Primary school.
The demand for places was no longer there and any potential future demand was also lacking.
Having considered the pattern of demand in the previous 5 years and looking at how children had settled in their new schools considered the Trust and concluded that it should therefore, apply to the Minister to permanently close Cury C of E Primary School.
How will this affect pupils?
Our overriding aim has been to minimise disruption to pupils and to ensure that they continue to have access to a high-quality education. For this reason, we have ensured that all pupils previously educated at Cury have successfully transitioned to alternative SPCMAT schools.
How will this affect school place requests?
There have been no requests for school places.
We are therefore conducting a listening period for interested parties such as the local Parish Council to determine whether the Trust should proceed with the closure of Cury C of E Primary and we would like to invite your views on the matter.
How can I share my views?
Please contact us via KTeague@southerlypoint.co if you have any questions, views or feedback on this proposal.
Alternatively, you can put your response in writing to:
c/o Karen Teague
Southerly Point Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust
Helston Community College
The listening period will close at 11.59pm on 1 July 2022. Therefore, please share your feedback prior to this date.
Thank you for your participation.
Teach a child how they should live and they will remember it all their life. Proverbs 22:6
Here at Cury Church of England VA Primary School we nurture
C onfident, U nited, R esponsible Y oung people.
Our school’s mission is to be a welcoming, family environment which nurtures each individual to achieve through the Christian faith, to be the best they can be on life's journey.
We educate our pupils spiritually, intellectually, socially; morally, aesthetically and physically within a school firmly based on Christian principles, with an Anglican foundation.
Cury Church of England Primary is part of the Southerly Point Co-operative Multi Academy Trust. We embrace the Trust values of Self-help, Self-responsibility, Democracy, Equality, Equity, Solidarity, Openness, Honesty, Social Responsibility and Caring for Others. In addition, being a church school, we are whole heartedly committed to putting faith and spiritual development at the heart of everything we do. Our Christian school values of Compassion, Kindness, Determination, Responsibility, Respect & Truthfulness underpin the educational experience that we offer.
We pride ourselves on our children’s attitudes and achievements and we know these are due to a very close partnership between our school and your family.
We hope your child will feel happy at Cury CofE Primary School and will achieve his or her best. Our promise to you is that we will do our best for your child.
Safeguarding Alert from Cornwall School Messenger
Together for Families have been made aware of the following safeguarding concerns:
- There have been incidents locally of children being groomed through Snapchat and an online platform called Omegle. There have been 3 cases reported and they appear to have connections to others in their school and other schools. Police and social services are involved.
- There has been a local incident with a hack on the game Roblox. It appears that players are invited to open a gift which is a camera. This then takes a photo and is then shared with other users. This has also involved a child potentially being groomed. Police are involved.
As always we are here for any advice, there is also specific internet safeguarding information available on the school website.