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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...

SW parents worry their children are not ready to start school

Authored by Mary

Over half (55%) of South West parents are worried their child will not be ready to start school at the age of five, according to a poll from Action for Children.

The survey of over 1000 parents across the UK also found that of these worried parents from the South West, 63% were concerned that if their child started school behind their peers, they would remain behind – which can...

Plymouth children find out to which primary school they will be attending

Authored by Mary

Thousands of Plymouth primary children will found today which school they will be going to in September.

The latest figures show that 97.32 per cent of city children (2095) were allocated one of their three preferences this year. 89.44 per cent received their first choice of school. 6.09 per cent of children received their second choice and 1.79 per cent their third choice.

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Primary teacher's app aims to enhance children's reading skills

Authored by Mary

A primary school teacher and Plymouth University graduate has created a new app designed to improve children’s reading skills through interactive gaming.

Fonics, created by Sophie Cooper, is designed for three to six-year-olds and uses games as a means to teach basic language skills.

She believes it can be a valuable resource for teachers and students, but also enable parents...

Plymouth schools get government recognition

Authored by Mary

Two Plymouth primary schools are celebrating getting government recognition for their work with disadvantaged pupils.

Boringdon Primary school and High View School have both been congratulated by Schools Minister David laws after qualifying for the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards following key stage 2 results published last month.

Their results showed that they have made or continue...

Deadline looms for primary school applications

Authored by Mary

Families whose children are due to start at primary school for the first time or junior school (having completed Year 2 in an infant school) in September 2015, have just a few days left to tell the Council which three schools are their top choices.

The deadline for primary and junior school admission preferences is 15 January and Plymouth City Council is urging parents not to leave...

Samba drums thump through Truro

Authored by The Gentleman Wordsmith

On the 5th of October the streets of Truro came alive with the sound of drums as children and adults alike performed in the Samba Festival. I spent the day with Launceston Community Primary School who put on two wonderful performances despite reduced numbers. This group of 8-11 year olds are well known in Launceston itself and they had decided to share their Samba with a wider audience....

Rise in number of Plymouth schools judged 'good' or 'outstanding'

Authored by JenniferJ

Plymouth City Council report that the number of schools and nurseries judged to be good or outstanding by government standards watchdog Ofsted has reached an all-time high in Plymouth.

The Council have taken a snapshot from April this year which showed that 80 per cent of Plymouth primary and secondary schools were judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ for their overall performance on...