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Penzance, England

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Penzance, UK: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the schools in Penzance like?

"It is a small school that should be really good, but is owned by GEMS who do not understand what parents want or expect.. The curriculum is not appropriate, the 6th form facilities are a joke compared to what they were, and the pupils do not have the opportunities which similar schools elsewhere in the country have. The teachers are quite narrow-minded without a sense of the realities of a competitive environment, and pupils ill-prepared for the real world when they leave cosy Penzance. It is not really good enough, and school leadership is pretty non-existent. School comes high in the league tables because the competition is so poor," explained one expat living in Penzance, UK.

"It is slowly winding down. Reception and leadership in early years is non-existent. 6th form is now a rump. Truro is by far a better option," said another parent with children at Gems Bolitho School in Penzance.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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