About us

Truro and Penwith Academy Trust supports primary and secondary schools in Cornwall. We believe all children and young people should have the best possible life chances and we do this with a relentless drive for the highest possible level of achievement involving academic, creative, sporting and cultural opportunities.

Our Vision

Truro and Penwith Academy Trust is a partnership of primary and secondary schools in Cornwall with the shared vision to improve life chances of all children and young people in our schools. Truro and Penwith College was the founding sponsor of the Trust in 2014 and is represented by Members and appoints some Trustees.
The shared ethos for the Trust is to expect excellent leadership of high quality teaching and learning to benefit all children and young people with an emphasis on supporting our staff in their professional growth and development.
Our vision is to improve the life chances for all children and young people in our schools.
In order to achieve this, we will:
  • recognise and encourage local distinctiveness and individuality
  • acknowledge the diverse nature of the communities our schools serve with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion
  • inspire our Schools to become beacons of aspiration in the communities they serve
  • focus on improving learning and teaching for all – to enable all children and young people to have the best possible learning experience, leading to the highest levels of achievement
  • be an employer of choice – valuing the skills, contribution and expertise of all employees and providing professional growth opportunities
  • work in partnership with our associates to provide bespoke support and improvement activities of the highest quality in our Schools
  • support our Schools to be financially sustainable and to retain reserves


Truro and Penwith Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (Company number 08880841). Governance of the Trust falls within the responsibility of Members and the Board of Trustees.

The Members:

  • are signatories to the articles of association (which sets out the trusts’ charitable objects and governance structure) and have the power to amend the articles of association
  • have the power to appoint a number of the Trustees and to remove any or all serving Trustees
  • may issue direction to the Trustees to take a specific action
  • have power, ultimately, to wind up the academy trust.

The Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors and have the legal responsibility for conducting the business of the trust. They may choose to delegate certain powers to committees or to the local governing boards of academies in accordance with a Scheme of Delegated Authority (SoDA).

In particular, Trustees have responsibility to:

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • oversee the financial performance of the organisation and make sure its money is well spent.

Meet the Team