Keeping Children Safe

During school holidays, weekends and after-hours when school staff are not available, urgent safeguarding
concerns should be reported to the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116 who will be able to provide support and advice.

Where can I get help or advice?

Cyberbullying Advice

Early Help Hub Leaflet

Online Safety Guidance for Parents

Drugs Information Leaflet for Parents and Carers

Safeguarding and Child protection policy

Parent and visitor code of conduct

Worried about your child or someone you know?

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020

Internet Matters

Parent/Carer support from NSPCC

Work Experience

Work Experience

Our Work Experience Scheme will take place for one week from Monday 12th to Friday 16th July 2021. All Year 10 students will take part in the programme to gain an insight into the real world of work and to learn transferrable skills for future employment. From previous students’ experiences, we know how valuable the week is to raise their aspirations and clarify their career goals for the future. The work placement week is highly motivating and many students return to school with greater commitment to their studies as a result of their experiences.

How it works.

 Students take responsibility for organising their own placement; support from parents is invaluable, especially in discussing the type of placement that would be suitable for your child. Students have access to additional support from a guidance booklet, form tutors and VERYAN, a database of employers previously used for Work Experience.  VERYAN can be accessed online at or via a link on this page along with a personal password that is provided to all students.

What can I expect from the programme?

Every work experience placement is different; the purpose is to give young people an insight into the world of work and learn transferable skills for future employment.  Students will have a series of assemblies delivered to support the programme, learn how to write a formal letter of application and complete a CV which can then be used for future employment, take part in a Health and Safety at Work briefing to ensure their safety whilst in the workplace and attend a formal interview.

How do I apply?

Find an employer that you are interested in, make sure the location is suitable and that you are able to get there using public transport or via a lift.  Remember that transport costs are not covered by the school so please take this into account when choosing a placement. When you have found an employer contact them either via telephone or email to request a placement.  When you have secured a placement the employer must complete section 2 of the Approval and Consent form and return it to school.

Where can I do my Work Experience?

There are laws and regulations outlining what young people cannot do on work experience. Placements must be based in England or Wales and cannot include placements in a tattoo studio, gambling establishment, cinema or nightclub, bar, travelling fairground or circus or on board a registered boat or ship, This list is not exhaustive and further guidance can be found at

What do I wear?

Students must dress appropriately for their work placement and in a manner that upholds the high expectations of parents, the school and the employer. If you are unaware of the expectations please see Mrs Clemson

Important dates to remember:

Work Experience Week:  Monday 12th – Friday 16th July 2021

Deadline for securing a placement: Friday 26th March 2021

Deadline for completion of Approval & Consent form: Monday 25th March 2021

Work Experience Interview Evening: Wednesday 9th June 2021

Health & Safety at Work presentation: 1st -14th June 2021

Work Experience Approval and Consent Form 2021

Prohibitions on Work Experience 2021

Mobile Phone Use


Work Experience Information for Parents and Carers 2021

Work Experience Information for Employers 2021

Veryan Database

Young Carers

Young Carers

After being awarded the Bronze Young Carers in School Award, St Ives School are now working towards the Silver Young Carers in School Award.

The Young Carers in Schools programme helps Primary and Secondary schools improve outcomes for Young Carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

The Bronze Award recognises that St Ives School supports Young Carers in many ways, including; homework clubs, drop-in sessions and mentoring with a dedicated member of staff who is responsible for this vulnerable group of pupils.  The school also supplies vital information to all staff about how to identify and work with Young Carers, making this information available through meetings, staff training and noticeboards.  The school website also lets students and their families know where to go for help and support.

At St Ives we also work very closely with Kernow Young Carers, who provide additional support to the students. This includes meeting regularly with them on a one-to-one basis and offering respite trips and activities during the school holidays.

A carer helps to look after another person who is not able to manage alone due to age disability, physical or mental health problems or substance misuse. This could involve supporting a partner, relative, friend or neighbour. For young carers, it means supporting a parent, sibling or other family member.

You may think that you are just helping someone, but caring can take many forms, including assisting with;

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Communication
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Shopping
  • Washing
  • Taking medication
  • Emotional support
  • Contact Mrs Wooders, the young carer designated lead in your school or Mrs Veal. Mrs Wooders can arrange for Louise Tuffery to visit in school to tell you more about the service and talk to you about your situation and the support that you need.

Supporting Young Carers

Emergency School Closures

School Closures

Emergency School Closure Parent Letter

Children, Schools and Families – Closing your school in an emergency – Parent Carer Guide

School Uniform

School Uniform

Shop for Boys School Uniform

Shop for Girls School Uniform

School Uniform Policy

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke Of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is an adventure from beginning to end. Students can complete both the Bronze and Silver Award at St Ives School before undertaking the Gold Award at college and as one former participant commented “You need to realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by”!

By taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award students can improve in a range of skills like leadership, teamwork, and independence. They learn new skills which will develop confidence; students might find a new passion for something they enjoy. Students get fitter and find themselves helping people or the community. The awards improve their CV but more importantly, students develop skills they didn’t know they had and learn a lot about themselves. Employees and Universities recognise the Duke of Edinburgh Award and know the commitment and determination participants have to have to achieve it.

Each participant’s programme can be full of activities and projects that get them buzzing. And along the way they pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with them for the rest of their life.

At the end of Year 8, students are invited to sign up to start their Bronze Award at the beginning of Year 9. A Bronze D of E programme has 4 sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students must do a minimum of 3 months’ activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and complete a 2 day (1 night) Expedition. Students also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s their choice which one.

In Years 10 and 11 students can progress to achieve the Silver Award, the next step up from Bronze. Gold Award programmes are available at local colleges for students to move on to after St Ives.

A Silver D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It’s up to students which one they do for the extended time.  The Expedition section involves planning, training for and completing a 3 day (2 night) expedition. This is a real challenge of fitness and navigation skills as students have to carry all their food and equipment and walk a significant minimum distance in an unfamiliar area.

If students start the Silver without doing Bronze first they have to spend additional time on the Volunteering, Skills and Physical sections.

For families interested in finding our more about the D of E Awards at St Ives School, please contact Mr Olds, D of E Award Manager.

Useful Links

Medical Consent Form

Equipment List 2017-18

Bronze Assessor Cards

Bronze Award Training Programme 2017-18

10 Step user guide for participants

Newsletter 01

Newsletter 02

Transport To School

Transport to School

A bus service runs to and from St Ives School for students coming from St Erth and the surrounding area. For more details about this service, please contact our Receptionist, Mrs Kat Kenyon on or telephone Reception for advice.

Replacement bus pass process (Cornwall Council issued tickets)

Please note that Cornwall Council cannot accept cash payments for replacement bus passes. Any parent requiring a replacement bus pass (where the pass has been issued by Cornwall Council), must pay by debit/credit card (phoning 0300 1234 222 and asking for the Passenger Transport Unit), or send a cheque or postal order (NOT cash) to The Passenger Transport Unit, Cornwall Council, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro, TR1 1EA.

Exams Information

Exam Information

How GCSEs will be
awarded in 2021

Summer 2021
Centre Assessment Policy

Summer 2021
Guidance for Students and Parents/Carers

JCQ Exam

School Performance Table

Support and Advice

Support and Advice