Headmaster's Blog, Wednesday 21 January

As I watched last night’s concert in the Hall for Cornwall, I experienced a whole range of emotions; enjoyment, pride, and I dare say a touch of envy.  The programme was a wonderful snapshot of the breadth and depth of music at school and the levels of applause gave away just how much everyone else was enjoying the show. The pride I felt was in our pupils, who not only bring great joy to us as we watch them perform, but also in the way music brings our community together; girls and boys in large number across the full age range making music together and revelling in each other’s success. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person rather envious at how much fun it is when your orchestra or ensemble is in full flow.

Such is the state of school music that we are not able to feature all of our many ensembles at this annual concert.  Please take a look at the music concert calendar for this term and come along to a future event.  The Chamber Concert on Wednesday 4 February at 6pm in the Chapel will showcase the talent of many other smaller groups.

We have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to support music teaching across the county. I am delighted that Truro School is now host to the newly formed Cornwall Music Service Trust.  The CMST has been established to provide affordable, high quality music education to the young people in Cornwall. There are so many positive arguments for the music teachers in Cornwall to work together, and it has been a pleasure to be able to support Gareth Churcher, the new Head of Service, to make this happen.

Saturday’s entrance exam went smoothly and I enjoyed chatting to many prospective parents who came along to the Sixth Form Café for coffee and pastries.  It was business as usual in one sense with many parents rather more nervous than their children.  Our 1st Year chaperones, who were in the same position last year, did a fine job in putting candidates at ease, and our system of pupils sitting the exam in small groups seems to work well. I’m looking forward to analysing the results and writing offer letters.  Levels of interest have been good and strong which presents me with a high quality problem regarding number of form groups.

I look forward to welcoming 5th Year parents and students, as well as those planning to join Truro School Sixth Form, to the A Level options evening on Thursday.  The landscape is changing with many new linear specifications coming on stream in September.  There has been much criticism about the way the government has introduced these changes, but our teachers are looking forward to the death of exam modules and are excited about a future of Lower Sixth summer terms of enrichment and learning rather than endless assessment.

Andrew Gordon-Brown, Headmaster