Education Centre

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In 2004 the Governors of Bishop Cornish Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School set up and incorporated a Charity: the Bishop Cornish Education Centre.  The Charity’s aims are to provide and promote pre-school education, before and after school care, music education and environmental education.  All of these aims are met in and through our environmentally sustainable building (timber frame, straw bale walls, sheep’s wool insulation, rainwater harvesting), which was built on land being leased from the Diocese of Truro, within the grounds of Bishop Cornish School.

Working tirelessly, the Charity and School community raised over £350,000 to fund the project.  Grant funding has come from many generous charities.  The project has been supported by the Diocese of Truro in recognition of the incredible efforts of the School community to develop this project.  Fundraising activities by the School have included the School’s junk band playing at Plymouth Argyle last season.  Individuals within our community have supported us both by undertaking fundraising activities and donating the proceeds, e.g. repairing bicycles and valeting cars, and by donating materials, labour and skills to the construction project.  Generosity from local companies includes donation of water pipes and tiles derived from rubber tyres and recycled plastic bottles.  HMS Raleigh kindly provided manpower to help in the installation of the sedum roof.

The project brought together the entire School and wider community.  The children learnt about sustainable construction practices and helped to install the straw bales (sourced from former parents who are local farmers).  Particular attention was paid to sourcing local materials and labour, which has environmental and economic benefits.  The School and Charity are conscious of the importance for education about the forthcoming challenges of a carbon constrained economy and the need to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The building is the flagship project of the award winning designers, ARCO2 of Bodmin,  and was constructed by Shaun Bunney Building Contractors, Ltd.  It received recognition by winning the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors regional award for community benefit, and being nominated for other national awards.

The Education Centre is an exciting hub of activity used for a ‘forest’ style pre-school, before and after school clubs, musical and creative arts activities, adult education for parents, a venue for teacher training and family crisis support and family church services.

It was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex in March 2010 and blessed by the Bishop of Truro, the Rt. Rev. Tim Thornton.

Extract from South West RICS AWARDS 2010

“The Governors wished for an ambitious but sustainable new building for the school and the tremendous fundraising efforts by the school and community have allowed it to happen.

“The sustainable design of the new centre used relatively new technology in the use of timber frame with straw bale construction plus low energy embodied materials such as lambs wool used for insulation.  The majority of the roof is covered with soil substrate and varieties of succulent effectively replacing the vegetation removed from the site.  This sustainable design together with rain water harvesting and efficient lighting and heating systems which maximise the use of the passive solar design ensures a low energy, sustainable centre for the school and community.

“Since its completion, this project has had almost divine intervention from its design, funding and contributions from the whole community.  It represents the most remarkable achievement by any community with unwavering commitment, tenacity and determination.  Given the building’s unprecedented sustainable credentials, it also represents remarkable value for money.”

The Governors were the winners of the National Governors Association Award 2011 for their imaginative and creative project and also for their continued excellent working the school.



Sustainability Video-

At Bishop Cornish we have a strong belief in being as sustainable as possible. Watch our video to find out more!