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Gulval School spring into action to raise funds for Nepal

Gulval School pupils held a sponsored walk on Tuesday to collect money for Shelter Box, an organisation providing emergency aid to disaster zones.

The children walked the equivalent of 200 miles collectively and raised over £1,180.

Paul Baker, Principal at Gulval School, said: “Our school community was so moved by the tragic stories coming out of Nepal, involving families no different to us, that we decided to act. The children planned the sponsored event and we came together very quickly to raise in excess of £1,180. I was incredibly proud of the children involved with this event, they showed compassion and a real desire to work hard for others less fortunate than themselves, together they have made a difference to the lives of those caught up in this disaster.

Each Shelter Box is £590, the school have raised a grand total of £1,180 which is enough to send two boxes to Nepal.

In January of this year Gulval signed the International Charter to become Cornwall’s first Compassionate School, they were the first in Cornwall to do so. The school have certainly been living up to its status.

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Adventure Learning is celebrated at Cornish Academy

Pupils at Tywardreath School have enjoyed a day of adventurous activities as they celebrate being a part of Adventure Learning Academy Trust (ALAT).

The school converted to academy status on 1st January 2015 and has tried to hold this event numerous times but has unfortunately been thwarted by bad weather conditions on previous occasions.

But at last the event was able to happen and what a day it was. The day was supported by Cornwall Outdoors who brought with them a 7 meter high climbing wall and archery equipment.

Of the event Heidi Hoskin the Principal at Tywardreath said “A fantastic day was had by all children experiencing and gaining confidence in new outdoor skills.  The children enjoyed the climbing tower and wall, archery, camp fire building and team building activities. Key Stage 1 children especially enjoyed team games involving water and getting very wet! The day was worth the third attempt with perfect weather conditions!”

This exciting programme of events represents the distinctive ethos of ALAT which places adventure, excitement and real-life experiences at the heart of the curriculum where all children can aim for excellence in achievement.

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Altarnun Primary School enjoying the Cornerstones Curriculum

The Cornerstones Curriculum is widely used throughout all our primary academies and with “USA Road Trip” and “Dinosaur Planet” as topics who wouldn’t enjoy learning!

Pupils in Class One at Altarnun Primary School have just finished learning about dinosaurs, and as a part of their topic the children went on a prehistoric learning adventure around the school grounds. So…..what happened on this hunt? Read two eyewitnesss reports from Jessica and Liam (class 1).

Dull stones turned into Dinosaur eggs!

On Tuesday the 14th of April Miss Cox told us about a fighting noise that she heard in the shed.  It was really odd. I thought it was a dinosaur…

So I was a dinosaur detective! On our adventure I found a stone, after that I took it inside. I wrote a sheet about what it might be.

Last of all we cracked our eggs and it was a plastic dinosaur inside. Mine was a psittacosaurus. It lived 100 and 90 million years ago.

 Written by Jessica

The Loud Noise at Altarnun School!

On Tuesday 14th April Miss Cox was in the shed when she heard something loud. It sounded like a dinosaur! So I investigated everywhere looking for clues. Then I found an egg hidden in the willow. It was brown, spotty and grey. Then I broke it open and found out it was a coelophysis and they eat meat.

Written by Liam

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The ALAT family all get behind World Book Day

Pupils and teachers a like all got behind World Book Day this year – can you work out who the characters are?

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Students at Fowey River Academy take part in Cornwall’s largest interactive health care exhibition

On Friday 6th March, 14 students from Fowey River Academy attended the Knowledge Spa Treliske Truro to take part in Cornwall’s largest interactive health care exhibition. It was a chance for students to discover the wide range of exciting career opportunities within the health care world. There were many exhibitors with interactive stands from Cornwall mobility centre to RCH NHS Trust-Speech and Language. There were also a number of exciting workshops running throughout the session – Royal Society of Chemistry, Human movement and function laboratory, Operating Department Practice and the Simulated Ward. The students found the workshops particularly interesting.

‘Visiting the Knowledge Spa has really helped us get a more detailed view of what careers are offered within the health care sector. We were able to gather a lot of up-to-date information and the workshops were a great chance to interact with a group and get involved in activities’ – yr10 students.


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Inspirational Instructional Round at Gulval School

Representatives from across all of ALAT’s Cornish academies ascended on Gulval School yesterday for an Instructional Round led by internationally renowned author, scholar and ALAT’s Director of Education Professor David Hopkins.

Instructional rounds; a practice adapted to education from the field of medicine, embodies a specific set of ideas about how practitioners can work together to solve common problems and improve their practice. In the education context, it is designed to help schools support high-quality teaching and learning for all students. Instructional Rounds strategically connect schools within the Trust and builds collaborative network of educators who learn from one another about improving teaching and learning.

Yesterday’s event included a combination of classroom walkthroughs, observations with discussion and feedback led by Prof Hopkins.

The event was hosted by Gulval School and of the event Chair of Governors Leslie Church said “the school hosted a very successful Instructional Day with all the Cornwall ALAT Schools represented and Prof David Hopkins leading the discussion afterwards. From my perspective the school “feels” very different. There is a feeling of positivity coming through as well as some very common threads in learning styles. The staff have obviously worked very hard to achieve so much uniformity in the level of depth and height of demand they are placing on the children in terms of their thinking and learning skills.

The next Instructional Round is next month at Tywardreath School.

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Compassionate Gulval comes 1st in Cornwall


In November last year, Cornwall became the first county in the world to sign the international Charter for Compassion, leading the way for other communities in the UK.

Gulval School has now become the first school in the county to register as a Compassionate School and only the second in the country.

Charter for Compassion International is a global movement whose aim is to restore the Golden Rule – Always treat others as you would wish to be treated – to the heart of communities, locally and globally. It has many member communities, organisations and educational establishments worldwide, and the UK is just beginning to catch up, with the Compassionate Cornwall Initiative at the forefront.

As a compassionate school, Gulval will be able to draw upon a wealth of resources, and network with other schools around the world that are also striving for a culture of compassionate action.

Year six students are currently forging links with contemporaries in Botswana, the world’s first registered compassionate country and a partner of Compassionate Cornwall. The Compassionate Cornwall Initiative’s founder, Tam Martin Fowles, will be in Botswana working with schools and community groups during the first part of February, and will take pieces of art and written work on the subjects of hope and compassion from Gulval pupils to students in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. It is hoped that this gesture will be reciprocated, and a lasting link may be forged between the two compassionate communities.

Anyone can sign the Charter for Compassion as an individual, and organisations, groups, businesses and institutions can register as partners, at no cost, and reap the benefits of being part of a dynamic international network.

Please visit–compassionate-cornwall-initiative.html to sign or learn more.

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Tywardreath School convert to academy status

We are delighted to confirm that Tywardreath School officially converted to academy status as part of the Trust on 1st January 2015.

The school has become part of the ALAT family, benefiting from being part of a community of like-minded schools, and with the experience and expertise of an established team of education and business professionals to help the school on its improvement journey.

Following a resolution passed by the Governing Body, ALAT and the school have been working together through a number of legal processes, at the end of which a funding agreement was signed by the Department for Education and the school officially became an academy, and part of ALAT.

ALAT’s Director of Education, Professor David Hopkins, commented: “We are delighted that Tywardreath School has joined the ALAT family and we’re excited to start working with the staff, pupils, parents and the local community to ensure that the school provides an outstanding and broad education for all its children. We have been really impressed by all the hard work the staff have been doing and we’re looking forward to helping the school with its continuing improvement.”

The school has retained its name but, in recognition of the changes occurring at the school, the signage has been updated and modernised.

Heidi Hoskin, Principal at Tywardreath School, said: “The latest HMI (OFSTED) report clearly demonstrated the significant improvements that have been made by the school over the past two terms. We are about to embark on the next part of our journey and we are looking to take things even further. This is a genuine opportunity for us to provide a rich and engaging primary education for all of our wonderful pupils, backed by our new partners. We are excited to be part of Adventure Learning Academy Trust, and keen to show that this arrangement will secure the best possible outcomes for our children and community.”

Tywardreath will be joining four of our existing ALAT academies in Cornwall; Fowey River Academy, Liskeard Hillfort Primary School, Altarnun Primary School and Gulval School.

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Liskeard Hillfort School play host to latest ‘Instructional Rounds’

It was the turn of Liskeard Hillfort school t0 host the second ‘instructional round’. Again the event was well attended and well received by principals and teachers from across all of our ALAT Schools in Cornwall. The event was led by the awe inspiring Professor Hopkins.

In ALAT schools, high quality teaching is ensured by a common framework for teaching and learning being adopted across all schools, with professional development being influenced by ‘instructional rounds’ that result in a deeper understanding of the link between teaching and learning. This is driven by evidence-based strategies for improved learning and teaching as well as the development of best practice through collaborative working across ALAT.

Of the day, Principal Paul Baker said “Being invited to observe teaching in another school is always a privilege but especially when working with colleagues from within the Adventure Learning Academy Trust. David Hopkins led another inspirational day focusing on learning through the Instructional Rounds model. It was an opportunity for us all to observe learning and link the outcomes to aspects of precision teaching such as the use praise, higher order questioning, pupil groupings and peer support. I have already shared the positive outcomes with my staff and am excited about the prospect of holding an instructional round here at Gulval School. Thank you Liskeard Hillfort for hosting us.

Instructional rounds are a key part of the ALAT model of schooling which encourages and develops high quality teaching. The rounds next year will be taking place at Gulval School, Tywardreath School and Altarnun. Fowey River Academy were the first ALAT school to host the instructional rounds back in November.

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Fowey River Academy pupils achieve Young Leaders award

Fowey River Academy  year 11 prefects and director prefects were offered the opportunity to apply for the Institute of Leadership & Management Level 2 Award back in September.  However, only two pupils were successful, Rosie and Jade. Since then they have given up three Saturdays to attend the course which develops their skills to be young leaders. The award was run and delivered by Cornwall College at St Austell.

Here at ALAT we would like to congratulate them both on their hard work and spirited determination to achieve.

Here is Rosie with John Devlin, (Cornwall College Business who taught the training) receiving her cohort hoody and certificate.


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