There are several outstanding ranked schools in Cornwall, at both primary and secondary level. The Roseland Academy in Tregony came out on top in Cornwall in the 2019 Good Schools Guide, with Penrice Academy in St Austell and Penair School in Truro making up the top three.

Cornwall College is a further education college network with eight campuses across Cornwall and Devon – Camborne, Newquay, St Austell, Saltash, Bicton College, Rosewarne, Stoke Climsland and Falmouth. With more than 15,000 students per year, Cornwall College teaches more apprenticeships, more adult learners and more Higher Education in Further Education learners than any other college in Cornwall or Devon.

Truro and Penwith College is a dual-base facility that became the first college in the country, in 2006, to be awarded outstanding status by Oftsed. With its main campus in Truro and secondary in Penzance, there is also a site in Carnon Downs. The college is known for its sporting academies, with several England Rugby internationals hailing from the college. Their rugby development programme is an academy team of Exeter Chiefs. The college’s football development programme is also partnered with Chelsea FC, with the players benefitting from world class training all year round.

Cornwall’s main university is Falmouth, which has campuses in the town, as well as four miles away in Penryn. The University of Exeter also has campuses in the county, in Penryn and Truro. The University of Plymouth has a campus at the Knowledge Spa, Truro as well as Cornwall College in Camborne.