Senior School News

Uganda Trip 2017 – Days Nine to Twelve

July 24, 2017

After a slight shock to the system with the early breakfast and departure, we set off from Kampala for our 3-day safari in and around Murchison Falls and the national park. After what seemed like hours (and literally was hours), we arrived at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for an amazing opportunity to walk with the rhinos who are being cared for in the sanctuary. Sadly there are no rhinos in the wild in Uganda due to decades of poaching, but the Ziwa sanctuary is seeking to increase the number of rhinos in the country before progressively releasing them into the national...

Truro School students take Stargaze Theatre back to Edinburgh Fringe

July 21, 2017

The popular Stargaze Theatre is returning to Ed­inburgh Fringe Festival this year as a group of students prepare their new production, ‘Boy in a Bottle’. Described as a ‘comedy with an edge’; it is a production about a young boy who washes up on a beach in a life-sized glass bottle in a small, secluded coastal town. As the bottle is found, the locals argue what to do but when he starts to sink into the sand and the sea starts to rise, can they save him – or even...

Uganda Trip 2017 – Days Five to Eight

July 19, 2017

Following two very enjoyable days outside of Kampala working with VAD, it was time to return to the capital and get up close and personal with the people, the streets, the sights and the smells. Designed exclusively for Truro School’s visit to Uganda, the Kampala Challenge is an opportunity for students to complete a range of tasks under the guidance of local guides, ranging from the educational, to the sublime and, quite frankly, the...

Uganda Trip 2017 – Days One to Four

July 17, 2017

Sunday 9 July, sometime before midnight: the group has arrived, assembled, checked the weights of each other’s check-in luggage (who has the heaviest? Who has the least? Who has rooms for the Rev’s additional books to donate?) and are eagerly anticipating the beginning of their two week adventure to...

Students inspired by ‘Girls into Geoscience’ Day

July 7, 2017

A group of our Lower Sixth Geology and Geography students travelled up to Plymouth University last Tuesday to attend their 'Girls into Geoscience' day. The event introduced our geology and geography girls to the careers available in Earth...

Truro School Speech Day

July 7, 2017

Truro School Under 13 Cricket team win consecutive County Title

July 5, 2017

On Tuesday 4 July the Under 13 cricket team played Wadebridge School in the Cornwall County Cup Final at Grampound Road CC, aiming to retain their title having beaten the same opponents in the final last...

Debate team fight with conviction at the National Finals

July 4, 2017

On Friday, we were treated to a drinks reception and Question Time event in the theatre of the Wellcome Trust - a panel of journalists, politicians and academics took some really challenging questions from the schools present and the timbre was set for the weekend: be bold and clear; question authority; don't hide behind a stance of 'taking offence'; respect your opponent and keep the debate going. We then had a speech-writing supper with Ollie Dobbs (older brother of Chloe, who reached the finals of the Cambridge Debating competition last year) before retiring to our UCL...

New Head Boy and Head Girl announced

July 3, 2017

Following a rigorous and thorough interview process, Mr Gordon-Brown was delighted to announce the new Head Boy and Head Girl this morning. Congratulations to Bonnie Bayley-Skinner and Oliver Andrews who will be taking up the new posts, alongside Kathryn MacQuarrie and Bertie Holdsworth who were selected as Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head...

Students participate in the Children’s Hospice South West Rainbow Run

June 27, 2017

The annual Children’s Hospice South West rainbow Run was held once again last Sunday at RAF St Mawgan, with a number of our boarders rising nice and early to take part and raise money for the local charity. Cladding themselves out in white t-shirts, the students made their way to the registration tent and as soon as the claxon had sounded, they were off! A mixture of walking, running, skipping and cartwheeling ensued for the 5K course as they pelted one another with the colourful paint at each...

Students prepare for National Debate Finals in London

June 26, 2017

Sixth Form students Caitlin Maxwell, Henry Balkwill-Ruddick, Chloe Dobbs and Alex Boote have been busy preparing themselves for the finals of the Debating Matters Nationals this weekend in London. The team, who successfully made it through to finals after winning the South West Regionals back in April against Cardiff and previous winners, Exeter College, have been meeting up whenever possible amidst their AS and A Level exams to rehearse and plan their debates ahead of the three-day final...

Athletics success for Truro School teams

June 13, 2017

On Friday 9th June 48 pupils from Truro School went to the Cornwall Schools games athletics qualifier. It was a wonderful day full of very good performances and from our 6 teams 3 have now qualified for the finals on 30th June -2nd / 3rd Year Girls, 2nd / 3rd Year boys and 4th year boys and we look forward to trying to be the best in...

First-ever life skills carousel helps Truro Sixth Form students prepare for next step

May 23, 2017

Our Upper Sixth students have recently been taking part in a series of practical life skill lessons as they come towards the end of their time at school. From looking under the bonnet in a car maintenance workshop to basic first aid skills, students have been taking part in a number of tailored sessions on how to look after themselves and become more...

Truro School host first volunteer ‘Green Finger Sustainability Day’

May 22, 2017

On Saturday 20 May, pupils and parents came together for Truro School’s first ever ‘Green Finger Day’. The project was hosted by Head of DT, Chris Baker, whose aim was to engage pupils with a sustainability-led outdoor project involving gardening, landscaping, conservation and upcycling. Over the last few weeks, the students in our ‘Green Finger Club’ have been busy designing and creating wooden flower beds in DT as an extra-curricular activity in order to install a sustainable vegetable plot in an area of waste land on the school...

Truro School hosts Psychology themed Junior Challenge Day

May 22, 2017

Today, we welcomed 33 students from eight primary schools around the county to Truro School’s fifth Junior Challenge Day. This year, it was focused around Psychology and the brain, challenging the pupils with a carousel of mind and memory games. Pupils from St Mary’s C of E School, Mylor Bridge Community School, St Day and Carharrack Community School, St Agnes ACE Academy, Probus community Primary School, Grampound Road Village School, Mount Hawke Academy and Kea Community Primary School spent the day taking part in a variety of activities that were hosted with the help of Truro School Sixth Form Psychology...

Felix wins title at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu British Open 2017

May 16, 2017

Congratulations to 5th Year student, Felix, who recently won the title for Juvenile Boys (aged 16 – 17) at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu British Open 2017, another accolade to add to his ‘blue’ belt. Felix trains Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the ‘Future Champions’ programme at the Gracie Barra Cornwall BJJ Academy based in Camborne under the guidance of multiple World, European and British title holder Raphael dos Santos and his coaching...

Ten Tors Challenge 2017

May 16, 2017

Ten Tors began back in November when students from 3rd Year – Lower Sixth started to train on the Southwest Coastal Path. Battling the wind and rain across numerous weekends, they developed their fitness and strength; learning to work as a team and help each other. Throughout the winter we built on this training; scaffolding their learning through a progressive training program which saw them learn navigational techniques and basic camp craft on Bodmin Moor before progressing onto North and South Dartmoor....

Students meet World Champion and World Record Holder in Squash Masterclass

May 15, 2017

Truro School students were treated to a VIP visit on Friday 12 May when three-time world champion, Nick Matthew, and world record holder, Cameron Pilley, visited the school to host a Squash masterclass. Over thirty of the school’s junior Squash players gathered in the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre in anticipation as the two world-renowned professionals arrived to deliver their coaching...

Headmaster’s Blog: 15 May 2017

May 15, 2017

I recently listened to a talk by Dr Simon Walker who is conducting some pioneering research into measuring and improving the impact of education on the developing minds of children. He spoke about the lens through which government looks at education which is focused on the three issues of employability, mental health and social mobility. Each of these issues faces respective challenges from Brexit, NHS funding constraints and social...

Lower Sixth Psychology students enjoy an observational trip to Newquay Zoo

May 9, 2017

On April 26th, twenty-nine Lower Sixth Psychology students went to Newquay Zoo armed with stopwatches, cameras, tally timers and observation charts on clipboards. We went to learn observational techniques (construction of behavioural categories, coding, time sampling, point sampling, event sampling); we practised these on black macaques, ring tailed lemurs and spider monkeys and then we used the education room there to analyse the data, drawing a variety of graphs with the collected data. Students then independently observed any animal of their choice using the same...