Penwith Education Trust

The Penwith Education Trust (PET) was formed in April 2012 by four local schools in response to the rapidly changing political and funding landscape in the education sector.  It is a cooperative trust, which was founded on co-operative principles and is committed to the cooperative philosophy.  Today, the Trust comprises both member and partner schools, including Gwinear, Heamoor, Humphry Davy, Marazion, St Levan, the An Baya Federation (comprised of St Mary's and St Maddern's) and Trythall.
The aims of the Trust are to:
  • Ensure consistently high expectations and outcomes across all of our schools; amongst learners, teachers, parents and carers
  • Enable all learners to benefit from high quality teaching and learning
  • Work effectively with parents and carers, professionals and the wider community to promote health and well-being, in order to create the right conditions for learners to thrive
  • Make efficient use of all resources available to us and thereby maximise the benefits for learners
  • Work with external partners including others schools to widen the range of collaborative opportunities available to our workforce and our young people
  • Improve social cohesion within our community by strengthening our commitment to co-operative values, including respect, social justice, fairness and democracy
PET provides the foundation for its full member schools, which means it holds the land and buildings for the schools on trust.  This is not so for the An Baya Federation, which is a partner school to the Trust.  PET is not an academy and each school's governing body remains the employer of the staff in their respective school and retains full responsibility for budget setting and management and delivering the curriculum.  PET provides a regular platform for the sharing of best practice and effective resource management by working as a group for the benefit of all in its wider school community.
For further information on the PET please contact our Company Secretary, Geoff Brighton on or by calling 07747737383.
During the Summer of 2013 Gwinear School  after parent consultations and discussions joined the PET (Penwith Educational Trust).   The trust has enabled us to move forward with their support and expertise.  PET is now the second largest educational trust in Cornwall.