Stories From the Boarders

Boarding at Truro School

The best way to get a taste of life as a boarder at Truro School is to hear it from the boarders themselves. Here they talk about their own experiences.

“Boarding is an amazing fusion of cultural diversity, the opportunity to self-develop, and to make friends that will last a lifetime. It is like a big family, where everyone cares for and looks out for one another.”
Lower Sixth student from Georgia

“Malvern feels like home, so I don’t miss my old school in Nigeria. I like that you can always get a good night’s sleep here, and I love the food, and the friendly environment – there are no cliques, and everyone talks to everyone.”
Lower Sixth student from Nigeria

“I’m an only child, so having friends around is really nice; the community spirit is my favourite thing about boarding. The house staff are very friendly and helpful too. They were able to give me loads of advice on my university application, which was great. My favourite weekend trip has been quad biking, as it was a different activity, and we got really muddy!”
Upper Sixth student from the Isles of Scilly

“Being together with all of the girls is great; everyone looks out for each other, so if you ever need any help there are lots of people to turn to. The housemistresses are really nice, friendly and helpful too. The best thing I’ve done so far has been the coasteering trip – jumping off the cliffs was so great!”
4th Year student from Germany

“It’s really easy to make friends straight away in boarding, and everyone is so warm and welcoming.”
Lower Sixth student from the Isles of Scilly

“Boarding is an amazing experience – every teenager should have this chance. It has made me more independent, and a stronger person, but at the same time there are lots of friends and teachers around to help you.”
Lower Sixth student from China

“Things I love about boarding: my bed; my friends in Malvern and Pentreve; having a hot breakfast every day; able to use the school fields; and lots more!”
5th Year student from Hong Kong

“I came from a school in central Stockholm and was used to commuting by tube from school to my fencing club and then home again in the evenings.

At Truro, I started each day with an English breakfast and a short walk to school and then to the fencing salle. The school campus at Truro felt like paradise to me and I quickly took on rugby and cricket during break, which are not typical sports back home in Sweden. I made full use of frequent individual lessons with my fencing coach as well as group sessions most days of the week.

Every weekend, our housemaster and tutors at Pentreve made sure we had something exciting to look forward to like a BBQ coupled with some fun activity. On-campus we had lots of outdoor sports to choose from as well as the fantastic Sir Ben Ainslie Sports complex.  Off-campus, we did everything from charity projects to awesome surfing trips to the beach, camping, kayaking and even professional cliff jumping!”
– Hugo Pousette

“My son had attended an international school in Stockholm, so we were quite surprised by how quickly his American accent changed over to a British accent after just a term at Truro.

The boarding school offers a rigorous academic programme, educating their pupils in morality whilst encouraging them to achieve their highest goals in co-curricular activities.

The fencing club has the finest reputation for topping the national medal league tables as well as having large troops of fencers going to youth championships. Youth fencers have the privilege of being able to train with national squad coaches, national squad fencers and even Olympians. The high performance programme had regular visits of a sports physiotherapist specialised in fencers, which was something Hugo could take advantage of when he stretched a muscle at a competition.

The wonderful friends Hugo has made at Truro are a true legacy of how the School has succeeded in creating open-minded and well-rounded ambitious young people. Undoubtedly, the coastal location of Cornwall adds to making the boarding experience second to none in terms of all the off-campus activities the boarding tutors can arrange.”
– Mrs. Carolina Pousette