New School Handover Is Important Moment Says Bishop

school summer 1Councillors will be asked this evening to formally close the project that managed the building of the new Five Islands School at Carn Gwaval.

The final meeting of the project board took place in June.

Members were told by project managers Mace that only two defects were outstanding – the replacement of the MUGA gates and resurfacing of the soft play area.

Builders Kier have put in writing that they’ll resolve these issues allowing the work to be finalised, followed by hand over to the Diocese.

The Bishop of Truro, Right Reverend Tim Thornton, who’s visiting the islands this week, said it marks an important and significant moment for the new school.

Tim says as a church school, it was always expected that the Diocese would take over the deeds of the land, in the same way they owned the former primary school.

That will now pass to the Council who operate the sports hall and wellbeing centre on the site.

But Tim says the change won’t affect the day-to-day operations of the school.

He’s spent time this weekend talking to new head teacher Linda Todd and praised her work.

He also said the governors were doing an excellent job, adding that these days, they have to put in a huge amount of work.

The Bishop says Linda will start consultations on a potential move to academy status and says there’s a clear process for how that should take place.

He’s not worried by the review and says the Diocese will be part of those discussions and act as a sponsor if requested.