Mrs S Fairbairn
Executive Headteacher
B.A.(Hons), NPQEL

Executive Headteacher’s Welcome


You will always be guaranteed a warm welcome at Newquay Tretherras, an inspiring and vibrant school at the heart of the Newquay community. Tretherras has a history of providing education of the highest quality, in a beautiful setting on the North Cornish coast.

Tretherras students are a pleasure to teach and learn with. They know that their education is important for their life chances and they take full advantage of the incredible range of clubs, experiences and facilities offered to them at school, both within and beyond the classroom. Your child will be offered a vast array of opportunities at Tretherras to grow and develop into a responsible, well rounded individual. We aim to equip all our young people with the necessary resilience, confidence and aspiration to challenge themselves, and us, to achieve the highest standards possible. We want our students to be healthy and happy young people and so we offer an inclusive and extensive curriculum which offers aspirational opportunities for all to succeed.

The aim of our curriculum is to take students on a creative, exploratory and inspiring learning journey. As well as studying a body of knowledge, our specialist subject areas also focus on developing transferable skills such as communication, leadership and empathy. Lessons are designed to be engaging and we place emphasis on developing curiosity, enquiry, investigation, innovation and problem-solving. We focus on developing students’ vocabulary, to give them the confidence to express their ideas meaningfully in order to progress and succeed with empathy.

We understand how challenging it can be to be a teenager in today’s society and we have strong and caring people and structures in place to support students pastorally and academically every step of the way. We are committed to developing students’ social, moral, spiritual, cultural and economic confidence in order to prepare our young people for further education, employment and successful citizenship. Our strong belief is that Tretherras is a place where dreams can come true. We are an inclusive learning community, working hard together to support our students and staff to become the best that they can be.

We are committed and ambitious for every single young person. Our talented and specialist staff don’t just go the extra mile, they go the extra hundred miles for the students in their care! We are passionately dedicated to ensuring students succeed in every possible way, whatever their talents or ambitions. Our relationships and ethos at Tretherras are inclusive and special: we are a family in which everyone matters. It is, without doubt, a very happy place to be and morale is extremely high across the school.

As a school that achieves great examination results for our young people, we know it is the quality of our relationships with parents, staff and students and our inclusive ethos, which is the key to this success. Quite simply, we put every one of our students at the centre of everything we do.

We look forward to meeting you personally and to us working in full partnership to ensure that your children are inspired, achieve remarkable things and become the best they can possibly be at Newquay Tretherras.


Mrs. Samantha Fairbairn
Executive Headteacher