Our School

Welcome to Kennall Vale School – a small village Primary school serving  Ponsanooth near Truro. We are on the A393 Redruth – Falmouth road, close to the Kennall Vale Nature reserve, a picturesque river valley containing the remains of Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works.  Kennall Vale School opened in new, purpose built premises in 1993 and, since then, has been extended and completely refurbished. The school has 5 classrooms, and at present 133 pupils on roll organised into mixed-age classes.

Kennall Vale is a warm and friendly school which is well supported by parents and carers. At Kennall Vale School we place great emphasis on relationships both within school and between school and home. We have an active PTA – The Friends of Kennall Vale. The group works tirelessly to ensure our children benefit from fun and enjoyable activities and events.

The staff regularly review the curriculum to ensure breadth and challenge. We have a highly skilled governing body which works closely with the school to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all our children.

At Kennall Vale we are committed to ensuring a healthy ethos. We encourage healthy eating and exercise, in the firm belief that physical well-being leads to emotional well-being, resilience and self-confidence. We therefore offer a range of clubs which both teachers and teaching assistants lead. We include additional physical education for pupils we believe will benefit from this and we have two fully trained THRIVE/TIS practitioners on the staff. If you are interested in learning more about this approach please visit

The school has excellent links with Kennall Vale Preschool and a number of our children take advantage of their ‘breakfast and after school clubs’.

We promote healthy living and are particularly proud of our delicious lunches, cooked here on the premises by Carol and Lynne. The food is of an excellent standard and the menu is varied with options for those with food intolerances.

The school endeavours to ensure communication is clear and informative. The school secretary, Miss Catherine Pym is available every day if you wish to contact her within school opening hours.

Thank you for visiting our website – I hope you find it interesting and informative.

Mr R Chirgwin