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Kerdroya Project

Chaipel Class visits the labyrinth

In 2019 the school became involved with the Kerdroya project, a project celebrating 60 years of the Cornwall AONB.  Our school is one of 12 partners chosen to work in AONB sections across Cornwall to celebrate one of the most special aspects of what makes our landscape so unique – the Cornish hedge.  Children who were then in Talland Class learned all about Cornish hedges, their importance as a habitat, and how to build and look after them becoming hedge stewards in the process.

This week, Chaipel Class represented the school when they visited the Kerdroya Site at Colliford Lake on  Bodmin Moor. KERDROYA is a major new piece of permanent public art – a 56m diameter classical labyrinth which is being built of Cornish stone hedging. When completed, visitors will walk a single, meandering path through stretches of artisan stonework celebrating the aesthetics of distinct hedging styles from 12 Cornish locations. 

The Chief Hedger, Polperro parent Sean Williams, explained to the Class all about how the hedge is being built.  The children then set off through the labyrinth to reach the centre. They then buried a time capsule and made a wish for generations who might find their Treasure Capsule, perhaps 4000 years from now. Well done to Sophie and Olly who had the well-deserved honour of placing the time capsule in the hole before each child placed soil on top of it to bury it. 

After a picnic by the lake, the children explored the wider site and learned some Cornish words such as 'Lynn' for lake.  This was their first school trip in a long time and I was so proud of the way they enthusiastically involved themselves in everything that was going on, learning a huge amount in the process. Well done Chaipel Class.

I am pleased to let you know that the other classes will be able to visit the labyrinth next year once it is completed. Meanwhile, you can find out more about the project here.

Mrs Hillman


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Polperro Primary Academy is a happy and thriving School for children aged 2 to 11 years and is often described as ‘somewhere special’ by visitors, parents and children alike. We currently have 141 children on roll across five classes and our pre-school nursery, and provide a seamless transition between nursery and primary school. In addition to our creative and well-qualified teaching staff, we have excellent teaching assistants who work across the school supporting and enhancing children’s learning. All of these staff are dedicated to providing pupils with quality learning opportunities and take immense pride in their work and in doing the best job they can to support the school.

We are very proud of the successes of our School - the fantastic academic results we achieved last year, when compared both nationally and with local schools, and the excellent relationships we have with families and friends within our community and of the governors, staff and children who work hard to make our School a happy place where we can learn together in friendship. We maintain our commitment to the learning of each and every person within our School family and are resolute in that commitment that sees the continual development of our children.

We are committed to continuing to raise standards and provide an effective, inspiring education for all of our children. We will continue to have high expectations and are keen to move the school forward, building on those successes. We hope that the close cooperation and partnership between school and home will enhance and support your child’s development throughout these important early years.

The stars of our school are of course, the children themselves and very few visitors fail to comment on their politeness, energy and enthusiasm. I feel very privileged and proud to lead their learning.

We very much hope you find this website useful and informative and please to not hesitate to contact either myself, or a member of my team, should you need any further information.

Anthea Hillman - Polperro Primary Academy Head


Head of School:
Mrs Anthea Hillman

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