Penryn College

Cornwall, United Kingdom

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

About Penryn College

Penryn College is a co-educational secondary school for children aged 11-16 and primarily serves the population of Penryn town and the surrounding villages in Cornwall. The college was designated a Sports College in 1998; a Leading Edge school in 2004; a high performing specialist college in 2006. In July 2011, it became an Academy. From April 2018 Penryn College and three of its feeder primary schools are joining together to form the Kemeneth MAT. 

Penryn College’s original site was in Falmouth, where it opened in 1957. It moved to its present site in 1961 and has since benefitted from a programme of continuous development, culminating in 2008 in the opening of its £24m new college building. 

The college was Cornwall's “Building Schools for the Future��� pathfinder and raised an additional £1.4 million to provide community sports facilities.

A large range of activities run before school, during lunchtimes and after school. There is also “Schools on Saturday’”programme for students and members of the community to attend with a host of sporting, creative and academic activities. 


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Values and vision

Penryn’s mission is to improve life chances for all the students in its care. “Pupils at the heart of everything we do” sums up its ethos. Respect and tolerance are the key values promoted to maintain a harmonious learning environment.

The college believes that students develop best when they know they are listened to and feel they are working with the school. There are several Student Voice groups at the school to make this a reality, including the Student Publicity Team, the Student Council and the Charity Team.


“This is a good college whose success is underpinned by a culture of continuous improvement. Aspects of its work are outstanding. Governors and leaders are highly ambitious for the success of every student.” 

View Penryn College’s latest Ofsted report

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Address: Kernick Road, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 8PZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1326 372379
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