Former Pupils

News from former pupils of Truro School, Cornwall.

Ian Rogers CO67 ‘A career in advertising and schoolboy tales’

March 27, 2017

After I left Truro I went into advertising on the lowest rung of the ladder, as a trainee, and during my career worked my way up in a number of top London advertising agencies including a spell at Cadbury Schweppes as their Controller of Advertising. I finished my days in the business as CEO of one of the U.K.'s top Media Agencies - my division was the largest part of the group - we had gone public in 1989 and subsequently...

Calum Sanders CO07 ‘Sailing the High Seas’

March 27, 2017

Being a Cornishman, the sea has been a constant companion throughout my life. Originally from Newlyn, but spending the majority of my years in Newquay, the sea has never been far from my gaze and continues to be the major driving force with what I do...

Stuart Robertson CO89 ‘Jeweller and lifeboat volunteer’

March 27, 2017

Stuart Robertson joined Rock RNLI volunteer crew last year as ‘Shore Crew’, and together with his volunteer colleagues, is responsible for the launch and recovery of Rock RNLI lifeboat....

Nick Cameron (CO59) ’50 Years in Australia’

February 23, 2017

The two tangible things that I remember and I gained from Truro School were firstly drama, and winning the senior acting prize two years in a row was probably the highlight. The acting standard was very high and good enough for me to get a few professional gigs in TV many years later. Secondly was literature and in particular C.F (Freddy) Wilkes who opened my eyes to writing fiction. He said to me one day in the second form after reading a boring but factual essay of...

Carol Tippett-Bukta (CO81) ‘Teaching English in Germany’

February 23, 2017

After leaving Truro School in 1981, I studied European Studies and Modern Languages at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). In my third year of study I did a compulsory stint as an assistant language teacher at a Grammar School (Gymnasium) in Herrenberg, in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in south-western...

Former pupil selected for the Royal Society of British Art’s ‘Rising Stars’ exhibition

February 21, 2017

Former pupil Patrick Thomas (CO16) was recently selected as one of the Royal Society of British Artists’ (RBA) Scholars of 2017 after submitting his oil painting self-portrait. Patrick’s painting was selected to be one of 22 out of over 280 entries to be displayed in the RBA Rising Stars exhibition in London, hosted by the Royal Overseas League in collaboration with the National Association of Decorative Fine...

Ellen Husain (CO94) selected as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2016

January 31, 2017

Former Pupil Ellen Husain (CO94) was recently named by British Academy of Television Arts (BAFTA) as a Breakthrough Brit 2016 - one of two Producer-Directors chosen across the UK film, games and TV industry, and the first natural history film maker to be selected....

Colin Groves (CO80) New Zealand resident with strong links in the UK

January 25, 2017

Colin Groves left Truro School in 1978 aged 16 at the end of 5th form having also attended Treliske Prep School; he went on and completed his A levels at St Austell Sixth Form College. Colin went to The London Business School and also Derby University where he studied Accountancy and was sponsored by British Rail for whom he worked when not studying....

John Stobart (CO73) ‘From Treliske to The Frankfurt Radio Symphony’

January 25, 2017

My musical career started at Treliske as it was then called. I can't remember the year, but we were asked if we wanted to play instruments and I was given the Tuba because I was the tallest in the class! I think it was Probably Mr. Moore who taught us at Treliske as he was later to do at the main school. I don't know how he stood all of us untalented kids squawking into our various...

Peter Child (CO74) CEO of the Cornish Pirates

January 25, 2017

Former Pupil and recently appointed Interim CEO of the Cornish pirates is on the board with former Truro School Pupil Colin Groves (CO80). Peter was brought up in Cornwall and came to Truro School in 1967 and left in 1974 with ten ‘O’ Levels and four ‘A’ Levels which included: English, History, Art and Economics....

Nick Schulkins (CO72) ‘Memories of Truro School and a life in the RAF’

January 25, 2017

I really enjoyed my time at Truro and it provided me with a sound base from which I went on to win an RAF Scholarship in 1970 and to gain a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dundee in 1976....

Jamie Zennor Downes-Atkins (CO05)

November 28, 2016

During a recent catch up with my old Design and Technology teacher, and now Mentor, Tim Tall, it was suggested that I drop by the school for a quick visit to catch up with the many members of staff that inspired and guided me through my...

Life as a Graduate Model – Gaby Cecil (CO11)

November 23, 2016

My journey since leaving Truro school has been exciting, challenging and certainly...

From Truro School to the Metropolitan Police

November 23, 2016

After serving my penance at Truro School from 1970 until 1978 without troubling the prize givers, I decided that a career in the police was more beneficial to me than being captured by the police for wrongdoings....

Julian Hanwell (CO76) The Bell is Silent

November 23, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve been back to ‘Main School’, so as I was visiting old friends in Cornwall, I decided to go back and take a...

Three Rundell Boys from Norman Rundell (CO39)

October 27, 2016

It is probably not common for three boys of the same family to be at Truro School at the same time but this is what happened when the three Rundell boys, Ivor, Kenneth (Ken) and Norman were there between 1931 and...

1966 Intake 50 year Anniversary Cycle Tour: A trip down memory lane

October 27, 2016

Four old boys, Pete Mewton, Archie Warren, Martin Hollands & Steve Webb along with guest rider, Yorgos started out on Battle of Britain Day, Thursday 15th September from Topsham, Exeter, finishing at the school as planned four days later on Sunday afternoon....

Chris (Bill) Bishop (CO61)

October 27, 2016

Chris has always worked in the technology sector, specifically the application of computer systems to business and government bodies. He joined International Computers (ICL as it was commonly known) in...

Class of 64 Reunion History, by Richard Stevenson

October 27, 2016

In 1995 my wife Catherine and I holidayed on the Isles of Scilly and met up with old school friends: Andrew Julian, Keith ‘Kat’ Low, Francis Hicks and John Bourdeaux for the first time since I left school in...

World Scrabble Champion Brett Smitheram (CO97)

October 27, 2016

On Wednesday 31st August over 100 of the world’s top Scrabble players came together from every continent to contest the Mindsports International World Scrabble Championship in Lille,...