Humphry Davy School

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Humphry Davy School

Humphry Davy School is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational, 11-16, comprehensive secondary school, situated in Penzance in Cornwall. The school, which is a member of the Penwith Educational Trust (PET), has 685 students on its school roll. 

Humphry Davy School was granted specialist status for music and mathematics in 2005. It gained an award from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for being the most improved specialist music college nationally in 2011, and it also holds the International School and Healthy School awards.    


Bill Marshall

Values and vision

Humphry Davy School’s vision is to be an inspiring and vibrant place for learning, which enriches, and is a valued part of, the Penzance community. It aims to be a place which: celebrates individuality; nurtures a true sense of belonging; aspires to excellence in everything its does; seeks to maximise the life chances of all its young people.

The secondary school seeks to unlock the talent and enterprise of all its young people. It promotes high achievement and learning for life by working with every individual to: value, trust and respect each member of the community and work together cooperatively;  develop their full academic, creative, physical and personal potential, regardless of background and overcoming any barriers to learning; develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to lead successful and happy lives; become independent, confident, considerate and responsible young people who make a positive contribution to society. 


“Humphry Davy School is a good school. Outstanding links with the local community and with parents and carers underpin its success in promoting students’ engagement with learning. Good teaching and the improved curriculum ensure students’ progress and their learning in lessons are good. At the heart of the school’s improvement is the drive and dedication of the headteacher and the support he receives from senior leaders.”

View Humphry Davy School’s latest Ofsted report 

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Address: Coombe Road, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2TG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1736 363559