A very warm welcome to Gulval School and our website. We hope you enjoy browsing its pages and finding out more about our remarkable pupils, our staff and the community we serve.
I am incredibly proud to be Principal of Gulval School, a warm, caring and vibrant school for 4 – 11 year olds that sits at the heart of the local Cornish community. We are a stone’s throw from the beautiful beaches of Penzance and St Michael’s Mount and are surrounded by fields and farm land, Gulval is unique, a happy a truly inspirational place to learn.
Our dedicated and experienced team are committed to making learning exciting and challenging. We all work hard to ensure the children in our care receive the very best education and that they remember their years spent at Gulval School with great affection. Our pupils consistently achieve results that are above national expectations in every measure, they prove that hard work does indeed pay off! Outcomes for pupils in 2017 placed Gulval School comfortably in the top 15% of all schools nationally.
We have a long tradition of sporting excellence and encourage participation and competitive sport through a wide range of clubs including football, rugby, rounders, swimming, cross country, athletics and High 5s. We are passionate about outdoor and adventurous learning and have developed our grounds to include a traversing wall, Poly Tunnel outdoor classroom, tyre park and animal enclosure; all to support inspirational learning and teaching. Everyone loves having Frodo and Bilbo Baggins in school who ensure an ever greater breadth of curriculum offer… Frodo and Bilbo are our resident pygmy goats! Our chickens and rabbits are equally popular with pupils and the wider community.
We welcome parents into school and value the partnerships that exist between home and school. Indeed, we could not have achieved and maintained our rapid progress without the support of our community. We offer opportunities to meet through a whole range of events including parental consultations, Big Dig days, concerts, sports and fundraising events such as our expedition week. I am immensely proud that Gulval School really does sit at the heart of the community it serves. In May 2017 Ofsted said that; ‘Gulval is an inclusive school. Leaders provide good-quality support for families. The school acts as a central cog in the wheel of the community. As a result, pupils are confident and considerate and know what it is to be a responsible citizen and contribute to society.’
Our aim? For every child to exceed beyond their potential, to be self-confident and have a belief that anything is possible. To believe that they are bound only by their imagination and to never give up, having a deep understanding that we learn through our mistakes. We achieve this through our school ethos and our values based on respect. We thrive on the spirit of adventure at Gulval and work continuously to provide our children with a range of exciting learning opportunities and the experiences they need to develop into successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who are equipped with the skills to meet the demands of 21st Century life.
Please do contact the school and arrange a visit, even if it’s just to find out more, we love showing new parents around our school! You can also find out more by visiting our school Facebook page, just search for Gulval School.
Mr Paul Baker
Principal of the most amazing school!