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School details
Location: Cornwall, United Kingdom
Organisation: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 16 years
Denomination: Non-denominational

About Penrice Academy

Welcome to Penrice Academy

Penrice is a fantastic school with a well-deserved reputation for the highest of standards. Our students are happy, they feel they belong here, they feel safe and achieve many successes in all kinds of fields. We are immensely proud of them. Staff and students nurture wonderful relationships that help students to achieve.

At Penrice, every child matters. We seek to work with students and parents to ensure that each individual achieves their full potential. We want all our students to feel challenged, but supported. Our aim is to guide all students so that they gain qualifications, life experiences and the tools to prosper beyond Penrice. 

School should be about opportunities, new experiences and special memories.

“I have never felt more at home anywhere that I’ve worked before. The support, the personal development, the passion - there’s nowhere like it”

Why Work at Penrice?

At Penrice Academy, the happiness, the wellbeing and the success of our students is paramount.

Our enthusisatic and dedicated team of teaching staff, support staff, leadership staff and our trainees come together every day of the academic year with one collective mission; to help every one of students enjoy and thrive at their school. Penrice Academy is the founding secondary school and the figurehead of the Peninsula Learning Trust, St Austell’s Academy Trust, so your work at Penrice positively influences thousands of students of all ages across St Austell.

We are also a hugely successful Teaching School with a popular and highly regarded Teacher Training Programme. The Academy is a high quality educational base in St Austell.

Our Students

The opportunities on offer at Penrice are incredible; multiple sports teams, annual drama productions, termly music celebrations. We have superstars in catering, enterprising, media and technology. The list is endless, the results are fantastic and something we are all extremely proud of.

All students have the chance to take part, whatever their level. We also offer trips abroad to France and Spain to help the learning of a modern a language, London to soak up the cosmopolitan culture or opportunities to go white water rafting, snowboarding or, closer to home, climbing, surfing and exploring our beautiful county. 

We believe this balance of academic study and life experience is integral to getting the most out of school.

“Penrice Academy has opened doors for me that I never knew exisited.”

Our Staff

Our teachers, support staff and governors play a huge part in our community here at Penrice. Each and every one of them helps in daily support, encouragement, teaching and development of each and every one of our students.

Our Governors

Penrice Academy has its own Local Governing Body who are responsible for:

· Setting the ethos and character of the Academy

· Interacting with students, staff and parents on Academy performance, curriculum, the conduct of students and admissions

· Holding the staff of the academy to account for standards

“It is all about the students for me - I feel totally inspired to be here every day, because of them.”

Teaching School

To ensure our students learn, develop and enjoy every day, we employ the best teachers we can find. As a Teaching School, we train many teachers each year and keep the best of them. We also get applications from across the country and from abroad.

Our Trainees follow a compreheinsive teaching and learning program which sees them gaining both classroom experience and experience simulating school trips.

Peninsula SCITT

Peninsula SCITT is based at Penrice. We train over 45 trainee teachers a year in both Primary and Secondary teaching.

The programme provides opportunities to be a subject mentor, a subject lead, to develop the subject knowledge of the trainees, a SCITT coach, responsible for supporting trainees in all schools and a professional tutor, responsible for the progress of all trainees based at Penrice. Roles within SCITT encourage, support and develop staff in their own Teaching and Learning, and leadership with many staff going on to further promotion both at Penrice and further afield. 

A really exciting opportunity to be part of.

“Penrice was a great place to learn to teach - the welcome, the support, the challenges and experiences - it’s made me the teacher I am today.”

Apple Regional Training Centre

The Regional Training Centre programme gives staff acess to best practice to support their use of Apple technology in the classroom. RTCs in the UK are learning-hubs within local regions, promoting collaboration and the sharing of resources and practices.

At Penrice we offer 12 free training sessions throughout the academic year. These are varied and aim to give you an insight and experience of using technology to enhance teaching and learning. These are delivered by staff at Penrice, our in house Apple Distinguished Educator, visiting ADE’s and our partner Western Computers.


Penrice Academy is committed to developing all staff and providing career opportunities and pathways. It is vital that we encourage staff to be reflective and then assist them in becoming outstanding practitioners. 

Staff are encouraged to undertake internal targeted CPD, external courses focusing on Teaching and Learning such as ‘Outstanding Teaching and Coaching’, ‘Good to Outstanding’ and subject specific development. Penrice also provides extensive opportunities for non-teaching staff such as training in digital design, Human Resources, Forest School, SIMS, IT, Child Protection and many, many more. We want to be an outstanding employer.

“Constantly improving and developing myself as a teacher is really important to me. Penrice encourages this - every day.”

Partnership Challenge

Leadership is the key to any organisation, identifying, nurturing and encouraging leaders to be the very best allows Penrice to be the very best. National courses such as MPQML, MPQSL (CHECK THIS), local middle leader training, females into leadership and NPQH allow staff to go from their NQT year to leading the school. All new leaders are provided with a mentor and a buddy, to ask those daft questions that sometimes you don’t want to ask. Opportunities to progress and improve are constant and create a real buzz and drive around the school.

Peninsula Learning Trust

As part of an Academy Trust, we are proud to work together with local schools, sharing teaching, learning and support resources.

The Peninsula Learning Trust sees professionals such as teaching, IT and Finance staff acting as support across the communities. This enables us to share good practice and ideas, challenge each other to do better and work together to further improve quality of teaching and learning.

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Location & contacts

Charlestown Road
St. Austell
PL25 3NR
United Kingdom