A Cornish preparatory school is expanding to offer secondary school education following “numerous requests from parents”.
Truro-based Polwhele House, founded in 1981 by Richard and Rosemary White, will take the first step towards opening a senior school when it accepts its first year nine class in September this year.
The expansion will be rolled out slowly year-on-year, with the school expected to accommodate the first year’s intake in its existing buildings. From next year, Polwhele will unveil “a redesign of the buildings and look to add any necessary new buildings,” its headmistress confirmed.
The school will eventually expect to accommodate children up to the age of 16.
Hilary Mann, who took up the school’s headship in September last year, said Powhele’s small-school ethos proved popular with parents.
Young people who benefit from a smaller school with smaller classes, where the whole person can be developed and educated, taking account of individual needs and desires – Hilary Mann
“We will offer something entirely different which is attractive to a different sort of child,” Mrs Mann said. “Young people who benefit from a smaller school with smaller classes, where the whole person can be developed and educated, taking account of individual needs and desires. This is the strength of Polwhele House and the reason why so many parents have requested this age range extension.”
The co-educational school, based in a 16th-century manor, is located in a 32-acre site amid the countryside on the outskirts of Cornwall’s county town. Over 100 pupils are enrolled in Polwhele’s nursery, pre-preparatory and preparatory school.
The new senior school will offer students a choice of GCSE courses in core subjects – like English, maths, science, history, geography, art and modern foreign languages – and BTEC courses in equestrian studies, performance studies and art.
The school already boasts tennis courts and a riding school, which is home to eight ponies and one horse.