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Admission arrangements consultation for 2021/22  

Posted: 13/12/2019
Anthea Hillman

On behalf of Polperro Primary Academy, Bridge Multi-Academy Trust is consulting on their admission arrangements for 2021/22. ‘Admission arrangements’ are part of the process used to offer parents a place for their child at the school of their choice. In particular they are used if there are more applications than available spaces at the school. The proposed admission arrangements can be viewed or downloaded from the Trust’s website www.bridgeschools.co.uk/admissions or please ask at Reception for a copy.

If you wish to comment on our proposals, then please send your response in writing to enquiries@bridgeschools.co.uk or by post to Enquiries at Bridge Schools, Higher Trebyan, Lanhydrock, Bodmin PL30 5DQ. The closing date for any responses to this consultation is 31 January 2020.


Christmas Lantern Procession 

Posted: 09/12/2019
Anthea Hillman

Polperro Children Light the Way

Children designed and made Christmas Lanterns for the second and now annual Polperro Christmas Lantern Procession which took place on 7 December just before the Christmas Lights were switched on.

We would like to thank the Polperro Christmas Lights Committee who paid for the willow, tissue paper, canes and glue to make the lanterns.  Talland Class children used their imaginations to design some amazing lanterns which linked in with their enquiry question 'What's the Tradition?' The parade was attended by children of all ages and we look forward to making the lanterns again next year.


No Excuse for Single Use 

Posted: 06/12/2019
Anthea Hillman

Polperro Environmental Warriors’ Eden Experience

By Leon and Morgan on behalf of the Environmental Warriors of Polperro Primary Academy

On Monday 2nd December, ten Polperro Primary Academy pupils, also known as the Environmental Warriors (EWs), went on a thought-provoking Eden Project experience to find out how Eden has worked on reducing their use of single use plastic. They did this as part of their work on becoming a Plastic-Free School, an initiative set up by Surfers Against Sewage.

To begin their research, they did a tour of the Mediterranean and Rainforest biomes to collect as much information as possible about Eden’s single plastic use and environmental awareness. They found that at Eden they could recycle plastic, paper, card, metal and food. They discovered chairs made from recycled marine waste consisting of nets, rope and plastic crates. Signs at Eden are made from wood and metal, not plastic Rainwater collected from the core building roof is used to flush the toilets, café food waste is used for compost so it is environmentally friendly. At Eden nothing goes to waste. Everything they use has come from natural or recycled materials.

As part of their investigation, the EWs took part in a Packaging Patrol workshop where they discovered that even plants have packaging which they use for protection and advertising. For example, the thick hard shell of the cocoa bean protects the cocoa; the beautiful morning glory flower uses its bright colours to attract pollinators such as bees. The spikes of the Spiny Mangrove plant protect it from potential predators.

At the end of the workshop the Polperro pupils examined the use of biodegradable plastic replacement packaging. They found that corn starch packaging looks exactly like plastic but biodegrades. Envelopes made from banana leaves biodegrade. Potato starch is used to produce a replacement for polystyrene. Nick, the workshop leader, was extremely impressed with the group and said “The knowledge of this group is advanced in many ways.”

The EWs learnt a lot from this experience and have now made the decision to reexamine the school’s methods of recycling or disposing of waste. In addition, they have already pledged to no longer use plastic pint cups in their annual Christmas competition. Instead they will use a biodegradable replacement.

The EWs will be sharing their new environmental knowledge with the rest of the school in a special assembly as part of their war on single-use plastic.


Guitar Concert 

Posted: 04/12/2019
Anthea Hillman

Budding musicians have played their first guitar concert of the year in front of parents and pupils.  Their set included covers of songs by Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon which went down well with the audience.  Well done to our youngest guitarist whose solo performance of 'Shotgun' (guitar and vocals) stole the show.

We are looking forward to their next performance already.


Fashion Fundraiser Success 

Posted: 04/12/2019
Anthea Hillman

On Thursday evening we held our first fashion show to raise funds for school.  Seven wonderful models (mums, grans and staff) braved the catwalk to show off the clothes, resulting in plenty of sales.  It was a really enjoyable evening which raised £420 which we hope to spend on trips over the coming year.  Thank you to all involved in organising the event, especially Mrs Platt and Mrs Roberts and of course, all of the models.

Our next fundraiser is the Christmas Fair on 13th December at 3pm.


Artist Jenny Milburn Creates Christmas Card for Polperro Primary Academy 

Posted: 26/11/2019
Anthea Hillman

This beautiful Christmas card is taken from an original painting in oils on canvas, with snow added, by Artist Jenny Milburn. It is one of the artist’s top favourite views in the world.

Jenny painted it as part of her recovery from a traumatic car accident. This is her first painting in oils and she was delighted with the result. After putting it on Facebook and receiving hundreds of positive comments from friends and strangers about the painting, she decided to turn it into a Christmas card to sell, giving all of the profits to Polperro Primary Academy.

Cards are being sold for £2.00 each, complete with a white envelope size 155mm x 128mm. They are available from the office and will also be on sale at the Fashion Fundraiser and Christmas Fair.

All profits go to the school. Thank you Jenny. 


Pausing for Pudsey 

Posted: 15/11/2019
Anthea Hillman

We have had a fun day in school today dressed in pyjamas raising money for Children in Need.

Thank you everyone for dressing up and bringing in your £1 donations and copper coins. We have raised well over £100.


Plastic Free Schools - the Journey Begins 

Posted: 10/11/2019
Anthea Hillman


We have held the first meeting of our Plastic Free Schools Group which has been set up to encourage the school to take action on single use plastics.

At the meeting, the group of ten pupils agreed to help the school on its journey to plastic free status and signed themselves and the school up to the 'plastics revolution' .

Plastic Free Schools is a pupil led initiative set up by Surfers Against Sewage designed to guide schools through the process of  ditching single-use plastic. Through running this programme, we hope to give pupils the power to create positive, lasting environmental change.

There are five objectives for the school to follow in order to reach Plastic Free Schools Status. The group's first step will be to look at what plastics are in and around the school that aren’t necessary, and to think of ways to replace them. Watch this space for what we find.


Fashion Fundraiser 

Posted: 04/11/2019
Anthea Hillman

Come and join us on Thursday 28th November for an evening of shopping from 7:30 onwards.

A full range of exciting branded clothing will be available to buy on  the night from White Stuff; M & S; Wallis; and Lily & Me.

Tickets £5 from the office (includes a glass of wine) or see Mrs Platt for details.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Chaipel: First League Winners 

Posted: 02/11/2019
Anthea Hillman


League competition

The first winners of our attendance league are Chaipel Class whose attendance for the first half term of the year was the highest in the school and above the 96% we are aiming for.  School Council decided that the prize should be a treat decided by the class and Chaipel Class are going to have a class celebration one afternoon soon.

Win a Bike

Our annual  ‘prize draw’ is in place which all children who attend school for a whole calendar month are entered into. That’s 11 chances to win per year, culminating in July with the child whose name is drawn out winning a bike and helmet up to £150.


Autumn Art Afternoon 

Posted: 01/11/2019
Anthea Hillman

 Autumn Creativity

Thank you to all parents, grandparents and carers who joined in with our Autumn Art Afternoon activities recently. Our KS1 and Reception children created some fantastic tree pictures and leaf sun catchers. In Chaipel class everyone enjoyed making a range of creatures, out of conkers leaves and cones. The challenge in Talland Class was to create a wreath from autumn resources which led to some impressive designs. Autumn mobiles were designed and made from sticks, apples, wool, hydrangea flowers and cones in Landaviddy class with intricate designs created by talented parents!


School Open Morning 

Posted: 30/09/2019
Anthea Hillman

Looking for a Primary School for September 2020?

Polperro Primary Academy is a happy and thriving school for children age 2-11 years and is often described as 'somewhere special' by visitors, parents and children alike. The school was rated good by Ofsted in June this year and the report noted that ‘…all pupils are warmly welcomed, feel safe and secure and can excel.’

With 128 children aged 2 - 11, we offer the ideal transition from nursery to primary education and attract children throughout Looe, Pelynt, Polperro and neighbouring villages. With fantastic academic results, we are very proud of our School and invite you to find out more by coming along to our Open Morning on Tuesday 15th October (9.30 to 11.30am), where you can meet our Head of School and staff and have a tour of the School by one of our Year 6 pupils.

We have wonderful staff and facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool, and we look forward to meeting you soon. To arrange an appointment, simply call us on 01503 272 249 or drop-in on the day.


We Are Curious 

Posted: 11/09/2019
Anthea Hillman

Our Enquiries

We have started the term off with a range of exciting enquiry questions to get the children thinking.

Killigarth Class have been asking "Why Am I Amazing?" 

Penhallow Class wants to know "What Makes Me Special?" while Landadviddy Class has been asking "Is the Force With You?" 

Talland  Class have been  considering "What does Being Healthy mean to You?" while Chaipel Class have been grappling with the question "What is so bad about Natural Disasters?"

The children are looking forward to sharing their answers with you later in the term.


Lunchtime Golden Tickets 

Posted: 09/09/2019
Anthea Hillman

Congratulations to the first children to be given a Golden Ticket by their peers for their outstanding behaviour.  The ticket allows them to sit at the golden ticket table at lunchtime.  This week we talked about how school was going and shared jokes such as  'What has 4 legs but cannot walk?' 'A table.'   Thank you all for your company and  for making us laugh!


Welcome to the New School Year 

Posted: 06/09/2019
Anthea Hillman

This has been a short week but nevertheless the children  have been very busy in their classes getting to know new routines, new friends and staff.  The children have settled quickly and a visitor to our first assembly commented on how exemplary behaviour was and how happy the children are here.  Year six have been creating a fair set of rules for playing football on the playground, the first of which is 'We will try to make football fun for everybody who wants to play.' I am sure they will.

Our new after school club has got off to a great start with the children enjoying the soft play (see photo) and a tasty snack.  If you would like your child to attend, please let Mrs Joslin know at the beginning of the day.


Beano Joke Experts Visit the School 

Posted: 09/07/2019
Anthea Hillman

Talland Class had a visit from the Beano Joke Experts on Tuesday 9th July, whose job it is to analyse why things are humorous. The purpose of their visit was to determine why Talland Class is so uncommonly funny.

The class spent the day learning joke creation, how to use sound effects, how to use comedy walks and laughs among many things. They shared this with the rest of the school in a comedy assembly. This photo shows the 'deadpanners' managing to keep straight faces while the audience told their funniest jokes.

It was a fantastic and memorable day with lots and lots of laughs.

At the end of the assembly the whole school recited 'The Pledge':

I promise to turn the frowns around
To raise the spirits when someone's down
To make up jokes for everyone
One for all and all for FUN!



We Are a Good School 

Posted: 04/07/2019
Anthea Hillman

A surprise visit from Ofsted on June 13th confirmed our school to be a Good School, where ‘’…all pupils are warmly welcomed, feel safe and secure and can excel.’’

“the school is ‘a welcoming school and really does care about their children and staff’.“

‘’the school has a ‘very safe and nurturing environment’.’’

The report, which can be found here reflects the huge amount of work that takes place every day and the positive impact that this has on our pupils. The continued success of our school only happens because of the full support of the parents, the support of the Governing Body, the hard work of the pupils and the dedication, commitment and expertise of the staff, who are all proud of the outcome of the inspection.


Ultimate Adventure Day 3 

Posted: 03/07/2019
Anthea Hillman

Y6 had another good night last night - a bit more sleep for everyone. They went to the beach at 9:30 for surfing and then walked back to the centre along the coast path this afternoon. Another great day.

Tonight they are going to the Big Sheep to hurtle around the soft play centre before hopefully going to sleep early.


The Ultimate Adventure: Day 2 

Posted: 02/07/2019
Anthea Hillman

Everyone had a great morning. Ysella led the zumba and everyone enjoyed archery and mountainboarding. 

This afternoon they did raft building, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. Mr H said the children are tired out but have been brilliant.


What's the Alternative? 

Posted: 01/07/2019
Anthea Hillman

On Monday 24th June we held our first Alternative Sports Day where pupils tried a range of sports throughout the day including lacrosse, tri-golf, fitness, Zumba, Ultimate Frisbee and street bowls. The children enjoyed the range of activities on offer revealing skills and talents we, and sometimes they, didn’t know they had. We now hope to have a bowls team in the Autumn term and plan to run an alternative sports club too. 



The Ultimate Adventure Begins 

Posted: 01/07/2019
Anthea Hillman

Day 1. Message from Year 6

We've had a great first day. We arrived at just after 1pm after a smooth journey. Once we had settled into our dorms, we had a tour of the site and were quickly taken to our first activity. We spent half the session climbing Jacob's ladder, and the other half on the high ropes. Some of us were even brave enough to take the 'leap of faith'.

Once we got back to our base, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Platt ambushed in a team meeting with super-soakers and a huge water fight broke out. Then it was time for a BBQ tea, and a trip to the tuck shop before a mini-Olympic session before bed time. Looking forward to a cooked breakfast tomorrow before Archery and Mountainboarding!


Polperro’s Got Talent  

Posted: 28/06/2019
Anthea Hillman

Our School’s festival day at this year’s Polperro Festival showed an amazing range of talent amongst our pupils. Our popular singing club entertained us with 'I'm Still Standing' while soloists Mazie and Morgan stole the show. Each and every class performed confidently from Killigarth's storytelling 'Whatever Next?' and Penhallow's Animal Boogie, to Landaviddy's Space Poetry, Talland Class's comedy and Chaipel's songs for learning grammar and maths.  TheTaekwondo children delighted the audience with their moves, especially the brick breaking. The day was rounded off with our whole school singing, expertly directed by Mrs Counsell, the moving ‘Count on me’ followed by the aptly named ‘Proud’. Comments from the audience of parents and holiday makers included: ‘So much talent!’ ‘the children are amazing’ and ‘you must be so proud’.  We are!


A primary school with laughter on the curriculum 

Posted: 18/06/2019
Anthea Hillman

Talland Class is officially Britain's second funniest class!

More than 7.4 million people voted in the Beano competition and Talland Class received a fair proportion of the votes, coming second overall. 

As runners up, Talland Class will receive a visit from Beano Studios in July as well as a package of annuals and comic subscriptions.

Their joke was:
You Tube, Twitter and Facebook are running a  joint website.  What would it be called?
Answer: YouTwitFace

Congratulations Talland Class. It's an incredible achievement .  Thank you to everyone who voted for them.


Talland Class still in the running to win Britain's Funniest Class 

Posted: 26/05/2019
Anthea Hillman

Our school is still in the running to win the Beano's Britain's Funniest Class competition.  At the time of writing we are number one on the leader board.

On Monday 20th May BBC Radio Cornwall interviewed Talland Class teacher, Mrs Wills, about the competition and their class' enquiry 'Why do we laugh?' The children were recorded telling their jokes brilliantly. To listen to the broadcast, please click here

Archie was filmed telling our competition entry joke. Click the link below to watch.

Please keep on voting as many times as you can until 31st May https://commercials.beano.com/funniest-class/.  Talland Class would love to win first prize of a Beano VIP school visit and comedy workshop.


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

Christmas Fair at 3pm Friday 13th December. Various games and stalls, refreshments and Santa! We hope to see you there.

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