Work starts on £5.8m Plymouth primary school

Authored by Sarah

Work on a bright and modern primary school serving a new community in Plymouth is beginning.

Persimmon Homes Cornwall is constructing a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art school as part of its Saltram Meadow development in Plymstock.

Contractors Halsall Construction are building the two-form entry school which will accommodate 420 pupils as Persimmon Homes continues...

Drop in cars on the school run in Plymouth as pupils choose to walk, cycle or scoot to school

Authored by Emma Cooke

There has been a significant reduction in cars being used on the school run at schools in Plymouth, following work carried out by walking and cycling charity Sustrans, in partnership with Plymouth City Council, as part of the Plymotion: Bike It Plus programme.

By the end of the last academic year, Plymotion school communities working with Sustrans saw a low of 36% of school journeys...

Plymouth College of Art Commercial Photography students archive collections at The Box

Authored by plymouthcollegeofart

Students from Plymouth College of Art’s BA (Hons) Commercial Photography for Fashion, Advertising and Editorial course have collaborated with expert curators from The Box, Plymouth to photograph items from the collections of the £40+ million cultural development which is set to open in spring 2020.

Guided by Curator of Art, Terah Walkup and Media Archivist, Stacey Anderson, the...

Getting kids excited about music

Authored by Sarah Parker

Multiple studies have shown that music has a positive effect on children’s development. Children who learn and play musical instruments have better logical thinking skills, improved creativity, and a more positive attitude towards their environment. The old saying about how classical music makes kids smarter is true as well.

With the internet providing plenty of resources, more parents...

City College Plymouth uses virtual reality for hazard-spotting construction training

Authored by Mary

The Moment, the film and immersive division of The Creative Engagement Group, has partnered with City College Plymouth and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to enhance student engagement with the construction industry.

Tailored for both further and higher education, the immersive learning solution provides invaluable, engaging Health and Safety training for times when...

Plympton Academy students have adventures in Bude

Authored by ClareG

Year 7 students from Plympton Academy spent three days on the north Cornwall coast recently taking part in some adventurous activities. The youngsters tried surfing, kayaking, canoeing, caving, high ropes, mountain boarding and abseiling at Adventure International in Bude. “It was great to see the students challenging themselves outside of their comfort zones and building resilience,” said...

Plympton Academy receive cheque donation for new books

Authored by ClareG

Plympton Academy will soon have lots of new books for students to enjoy thanks to a donation from the Freemasons Lodge of Fidelity. The local charity donated £125 to the school library. Two members of the lodge visited the school to meet students and hand over the cheque. Mr Rean from the Freemasons Lodge of Fidelity said; “It was a pleasure to meet the students and hear all about the books...

Plympton Academy students take part in chemistry experiment

Authored by ClareG

Chemistry students from Plympton Academy put their text books aside recently to do a hands on experiment.

The Year 7 pupils created a density column with three liquids, tomato ketchup, oil and coloured water.

The students then placed a small marshmallow on top and predicted if the sweet would survive the fizz created by an added vitamin C tablet.

“Not only is this...

Plympton Academy raises £2,000 for mental health charity

Authored by ClareG

Students and staff from Plympton Academy have raised £2,000 for a young person’s mental health charity.

Young Minds is the very first beneficiary of the school’s Charity of the Year and was chosen by the Academy pupils and staff following nominations and a final vote.

Young Minds offers an instant text counselling service for young people; a parent’s helpline; online advice and...

Plymouth parents asked for their views on possible changes to school term

Authored by Mary

Plymouth parents are being asked to give their views on the Council’s proposals to shorten the six-week summer holiday and add a holiday period later in the year. This is one part of changes to the school attendance regulations in the city.

The move would create an additional week of holiday at another point in the year, potentially October and May. This would then provide a potential...