Set in the centre of Cornwall, our small school caters for the children of the village of Lanivet, outlying farms and hamlets and children from larger towns who can benefit from the family atmosphere of which we are proud.
In 2005 we celebrated the centenary of the building of the school. Much has changed since opening with the Edwardian buildings extended to bring the school up to five classes in 2012, six in 2014 with a seventh classroom opened in 2016. Our extension, completed in 2001, gave us a large classroom, beautiful hall in which we hold school productions, disabled facilities, ICT suite and a state of the art kitchen. In 2007 the school funded a link corridor and extra classroom then in 2015 the school and Local Authority together funded a new two-storey block to include three new classrooms.
We pride ourselves on our involvement in the community involving activities in the church, chapel and local environment, concerts for our senior citizens, links with the Parish Council and Lanivet Charities and involving visiting guests in the children’s education. A highlight of the year is our annual pantomime performed by our KS2 children. So popular is it now that we have around 400 people attending the four performances.
We have a child-centered approach to education in which the child’s needs are placed first and we concentrate on raising the self-confidence and motivation of each child to do well. Our behaviour management is based on emphasizing the positive and drawing attention to what children are doing well, not on criticizing their faults. We follow the motto, ‘treat children as they might become, not as they are’.
A broad curriculum is essential in the development of confident, motivated well-balanced children who can socialize well and are proud of what they achieve. A wide range of clubs are offered including different sports, needlework, art, line dancing, French, gardening, choir, ukulele newspaper, cookery and drama with opportunities for children to use these skills in external competitions and to represent the school. We are very active in competitive and non-competitive sport taking advantage of all opportunities to broaden children’s experiences. Over recent years we have been very successful in the area, being swimming and netball champions three times, football champions twice as well winning the area rugby and cross country championships. In addition we use specialist gymnastic facilities in Bodmin and hire a dance coach to teach throughout the school.
Our standards in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science have been well above average. Since 2004 nearly all KS2 SAT's results placed us in the top 25% nationally and in 2006 we had the outstanding result of finishing in the top 100 schools nationally, placing us well inside the top 1%.
In recognition of the efforts above the norm Lanivet School was shortlisted as one of 25 schools from the South West for the national ICT Excellence Award. We have received further external awards over recent years including; Investors in People, Activemark (for PE), Healthy Schools Award (since 2003), Silver Award for Artsmark (the Creative Arts), ICT Mark and Extended Services Core Offer.
In October 2007 we underwent an OFSTED inspection in which we were judged 'good with outstanding features'. We were informed that because we had maintained standards inspection was delayed. After waiting 5 ½ years we were inspected and again graded as good in 2013.
The academic, sporting and artistic success of the school and high levels of child and parental support have made us very popular and over-subscribed with 130 children refused places between 2007 and 2012. The local authority recognized the high level of demand and requested we increase the school admission number from fifteen to twenty. In September 2012 we expanded to five classes expecting this to meet local demand. However, this still failed to offer sufficient places to match our popularity and we have expanded further. Currently we are one form entry with an admission number of 25.
Our experienced headteacher, Mike Jelbert, has been in post since 2001 and has worked in the Local Authority School Improvement teams since 2007 supporting school improvement as a School Improvement Partner, a consultant and in using his specialist knowledge to address Ofsted priorities for failing schools. In addition the Local Authority has called on his extensive experience on three occasions to work as Executive Head of vulnerable schools in danger of failing. In 2013, Cardinham School invited Mr Jelbert to be their executive headteacher. Two years of informal federation followed then in February 2016 the two Schools federated. The newly formed federation is called the Wheal Prosper Federation, named after a local mine. The two schools retain control of their delegated budget but take advantage of opportunities to share joint opportunities for children, staff development and expertise and resources. Details of the Federation and policies applicable across both schools can be found on the Federation and / or school websites;
Choosing a school for your child is an important decision so we encourage parents to visit the school beforehand. We sincerely hope that you will find us a welcoming school in which all staff are committed to our pupils and open and honest in all our relationships with parents.