About Camborne Science & International Academy

Learning to be Extraordinary

Mission Statement

“To seek to offer every child an extraordinary educational experience, enabling them to have a fulfilled and rewarding life”


A Welcome from The Principal, Ian Kenworthy

I took up my post as Principal at Camborne Science & International Academy in September 1998. Since my appointment, I have had the privilege to lead this school through a period of phenomenal change and improvement. This is an outstanding school and one which we believe can offer your son or daughter a quality educational experience. This will prepare them well for the challenges of their future lives. We are proud of our academy, our local community and Cornwall.

We gained academy status and became an independent state school in April 2011. Academy status is granted by the Government to those schools deemed to be high-performing and led by a strong leadership team and governing body, capable of managing the school independently. This has given us new freedoms and powers to further enhance all the great opportunities available to our students and staff.

We are a very dynamic establishment which ‘dares to be different’. We constantly ask the question “How can we do better?”, and could never be described as complacent. We have an excellent reputation and are consistently heavily subscribed. We are extremely well resourced and have many excellent facilities for staff and students.

At Camborne Science & International Academy we have the very highest expectations of all our students. We believe we provide a secure, supportive, stimulating and challenging environment in which all students can thrive and achieve their potential. We set traditional high standards of discipline and behaviour, regarding our Discipline Code as firm but fair. We are proud of the fact that discipline in our academy is outstanding.

As an academy we are committed to developing the whole student. Whilst good academic qualifications are vitally important, they alone do not guarantee success in our ever demanding world. Self-confidence, leadership, determination, resilience, initiative, self-reliance and teamwork are all important personal qualities keenly sought by employers and university admission tutors.

We place a heavy emphasis on providing opportunities for all our students to develop their personal skills and qualities. The students at Camborne make a significant contribution to the leadership and management of their school through their year councils and the whole school council known as ‘Student Voice’. Through these councils our students are given a real say in the running of their school. In recent years they have lead some significant initiatives, the most recent being the introduction of our new uniform.

Student Mentors in Year 10 work closely with new students in Year 7, ensuring they settle quickly into their new school. We also have a team of Prefects in Years 10 and 11, who contribute to the smooth running of the school. In the VIth Form we have a Head Boy and Head Girl as well as the VIth Form Council.

The success of any student’s educational experience relies on a strong partnership between the student, the academy and home, each acknowledging their important roles and responsibilities. At Camborne Science & International Academy we place a great emphasis on this partnership and pride ourselves on our good communications with parents. We would regard ourselves as open and welcoming, where parents feel involved and very much part of our learning community.

The choice of secondary education is a vitally important one both for parents and students. We hope that, having read our prospectus, you will be encouraged and inspired to visit us so that you can see for yourself the outstanding opportunities we offer every student.

Ian Kenworthy


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