Scholarships and Bursaries

Bursaries and Scholarships

At Truro School we are committed to offering both bursaries and scholarships.

We are pleased here to outline the difference between these two types of award and our approach to them for prospective pupils applying for entry in September 2023 or afterwards.

Truro School Bursaries

Our bursaries are for pupils who will thrive at the School, but whose family circumstances mean the school fees are otherwise unaffordable. A bursary is means tested reduction in fees.  The standard entry points for bursary applications are at 11+, 13+ and 16+, however, applications to other senior school age groups may be considered. Awards can range from 5% up to 100% of fees depending on assessed need. Through the work and generosity of others, and our staff here, we are actively seeking to expand bursary provision and hence widen access to our School. Any family may apply for potential financial assistance by submitting a means-tested bursary application. Bursary applications are reviewed on a case by case basis and outcomes of those reviews will establish whether bursary support is warranted and if so, at what level.

We offer our means-tested bursaries both as a means of financial assistance to support widening access to a Truro School education, and also as a means of supporting continuity of education to current Truro School pupils from families whose personal circumstances change unexpectedly for the worse. For more information, please visit our bursaries page here.

Truro School Scholarships

Truro School scholarships are awarded to pupils who show exceptional ability or potential in their approach to academic studies or in their commitment to co-curricular activities.

From September 2023, with the exception of Choristers and Fencing, scholarships for pupils entering the School in Years 7-11 (1st-5th Year) will be awarded in the form of further enhanced educational opportunities for the scholars themselves, and not as reductions in fees (see below for more information). We take this approach because we believe the direct beneficiary of a scholarship should be the pupil. By this approach the school can and will target the budget associated with scholarship into creative scholarship opportunities directly.

At 16+ entry into our Sixth Form, for current pupils and those applying from outside Truro School, scholarships will take the form of a Diploma Scholarship Award, which will include 5-10% fee remission as well as similarly enhanced scholarship opportunities.

Types of Scholarship

From September 2023, scholarships will be awarded in the following categories:

Prep School: Years 1-6

Senior School: Years 7-11 (1st-5th Year)

Sixth Form: Years 12-13 (Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth)

Truro School Scholarship and Enrichment Opportunities

As part of the School’s commitment to real and ongoing educational opportunities associated with scholarship, the school will, ahead of September 2023, launch an updated Enrichment and Scholarship Programme, to be coordinated by a member of staff who acts as an Enrichment and Scholarship Coordinator. Scholars of any and all ages in the School will be expected and supported to engage with, and shape, this programme. The school will support pupil voice and choice in this regard and will not presume or insist that a scholar always or only seeks to challenge themselves in areas of existing personal strength. We will actively encourage scholar curiosity and courage to broaden their horizons, skills and interests, and to deepen and extend their knowledge and talents.

The core aspects of our enrichment and scholarship programme will be available to all pupils in the school, but it will be an expectation that scholars will have heightened and more routine involvement, as well as taking a more active lead. The school will organise and staff these opportunities at no extra cost to scholars’ families. This programme and all the developmental benefits that will arise from ongoing engagement with it, is at the heart of being a scholar. The school’s Enrichment and Scholarship Coordinator will seek to ensure that each individual scholar is making the most of these opportunities as well as receiving the guidance and encouragement of the most relevant academic or co-curricular leads in their fields of particular interest.

Our ambition is to foster a culture of curiosity, creativity, and courage, in which extra stimulus is sought by and provided for our scholars so that their ambitions can be discovered and developed, and so that they truly flourish. The movement of pupils within and across their scholarship status and this programme will enrich our whole community and empower scholars and their peers alike for their futures.

Further information

For further information about our Scholarship programmes please view the relevant tabs below. Further information about our bursary application process and deadlines can be found here. All candidates are required to register with the School before any type of Scholarship or bursary application is made, and, if not currently a Truro School pupil, to pass the school’s entrance assessments. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team: [email protected]

Deadlines and Important Dates for September 2023 entry

Friday, 4 November 2022Closing date for all 16+ scholarships and means-tested bursaries
Wednesday, 14 December 2022Closing date for all other means-tested bursaries
Saturday, 14 January 202311+ entrance examination
13+ entrance examination for internal and external candidates
Tuesday, 31 January 2023Offers of places are sent out to parents
Monday, 6 March 2023Deadline for responses from parents
Scholarship Selection


Senior School Years 7-11 (1st-5th Year)


Academic and Co-Curricular Scholarships

A small number of the very highest achieving pupils in our entrance examinations will be awarded Academic Scholarships on entry into the School.

For pupils in Year 7 (1st Year), and rolling up annually from 2023, a scholarship evaluation and awards process (academic and co-curricular) will take place every year towards the end of the Spring Term. Pupils will be awarded academic and/or co-curricular scholarships based on ongoing assessment of their commitment and potential by our Heads of Department and Co-curricular leaders. Assessment will recognise and reflect their engagement with senior school study, and with an exciting and flexible programme of enhanced academic and co-curricular enrichment.

Because scholarships reflect each pupil’s personal engagement with the opportunities on offer at school, and because every child develops differently in their talents and interests as an individual, scholarship status will be reviewed annually.

Scholarship awards may well end up being retained for the whole of a pupil’s time at the School. Likewise, scholarship status may cease by pupil choice as their interests evolve away from a previously awarded scholarship talent, or be removed by the School should a pupil not be engaging with the opportunities and enrichment programmes associated with scholarship status. In all instances, the determining factor for achieving and retaining scholarship status will be a review of the pupil’s relevant achievements and their level of ongoing engagement with our enhanced enrichment and scholarship programmes.

Our hope and expectation, therefore, is that pupils see scholarship status as a mark of their success and commitment in areas of current passion and interest, rather than as a permanent obligation to an activity that they excelled at aged 11. Our Heads of Department and Co-curricular leaders will actively seek to encourage and nurture talent and commitment to support individual excellence at Truro School.

Awards will be communicated to parents at the end of Spring Term. For more information about the scholarship selection process, please choose the relevant scholarship tab above.


Fencing Scholarships and Girl Choristers

For pupils in Years 7-11 (1st-5th Year), our Fencing specific and Girl Chorister specific scholarships operate in a different way. Information about Fencing and Girl Chorister Scholarships can be found via the tabs above.



Sixth Form Years 12-13 (Lower Sixth – Upper Sixth)


Sixth Form Diploma Scholarships

Sixth Form Diploma Scholarships are awarded before Christmas of Year 11 (5th Year). They are awarded from an application and selection process that includes a pre-prepared application, a review of a pupil’s school record, and an interview that will include a pupil presentation. This is a rigorous process designed to identify the pupils most likely to enrich our Sixth Form community through their diversity of knowledge, skills and interests, and their commitment to our School values.

The fee remission associated with a Diploma scholarship is likely to be between 5% and 10%. For more information, see our Sixth Form Diploma Scholarships page.


Fencing Scholarship

Information about the Truro School Sixth Form Fencing Scholarship can be found on the Fencing Scholarships page.

The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri (to be, rather than to seem to be), captures the essence of our identity and is defined by the 5 C's below. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual.

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