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St Mabyn Church of England Primary School

St Mabyn Church of England Primary School
View of St Mabyn Primary School from the church tower
Established 1845 (1845)
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Karen Holmes
Location St Mabyn
PL30 3BQ
DfE number 908/3716
DfE URN 139090 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender mixed

St Mabyn C of E Primary School is a Church of England Primary School with academy status located in the village of St Mabyn between Bodmin and Wadebridge, Cornwall UK. The school educates boys and girls between the ages of four and eleven and has 62 pupils with three mixed age classes.[1] The school federated with St Tudy C of E Primary School in January 2010, Karen Holmes is joint head.[2] It forms part of the Saints Way Multi Academy Trust, which includes St Tudy C of E Primary School, St Petroc's Church of England Primary School, Lerryn CE Primary School and St Winnow CE School.[3]


The parochial school was founded by a deed of grant dated October 1, 1845. The site was given by Viscount Falmouth on July 31, 1846. The land was part of the manor of Trevisquite, within the parish of St Mabyn. In 1846 the building work was completed at a total cost of £445. The walls of the school cottage were built with stone from Treblethick quarry.[4]

In March 1897 there was a meeting regarding the enlargement of the school buildings and in April 1897 a 3d in the pound rate was levied for a year to fund the building. In June 1897 a tender from Mr A. Hamley for £155-10s for the masonry was accepted by the school committee. In February 1898 Miss Giles was engaged as an additional teacher at a salary of £18 and in March 1898 Edith May was appointed at a salary of £25 a year. The H.M. Inspectors' report of the higher classes in 1899 was so unsatisfactory that the committee asked Miss Giles to resign and in January 1900 Mr and Mrs Giles were given 3 months notice to quit.

In 2009 there was a proposal to replace St Mabyn and St Tudy schools with a purpose built facility at Longstone, an action group (Hands Off Our Schools) was set up and Cornwall Council dropped the plans.[5]

In 2012 the school joined the Saints Way Multi Academy Trust with an assurance that "there was a solemn commitment to ensure that each individual school would retain its own identity and ethos".[6]

Past headteachers

  • Thomas Hurcombe (1851)
  • Thomas Giles (1893)
  • James F. Reid (1901)
  • Cyril Hannafore (1935)
  • D. A. J. Hicks (1964 - 1979)
  • Leonard Truran (1979 - 1981)
  • J. Henchley (1981 - 1996)
  • Daphne Puttock (1996 - 2009)

Notable past pupils

Ofsted inspections

The school was judged by Ofsted as good and improving in 2010.[8] The 2014 Ofsted inspection said that the school required improvement. The principal of the academy complained to Ofsted about "a lack of consistency in the way inspectors reach their headline conclusions.”[9]

  • May 2002 [1]
  • June 2007 [2]
  • May 2010 [3]


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External links

  • School website
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