Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are awarded to candidates entering Truro School at 11+, 13+ and 16+. The value of any scholarship awarded by the school is capped at 10% of the fees. Any help thereafter is given in the form of a means-tested bursary.

All external candidates for an Academic Scholarship are required to register with the School before an application is made.

The School is looking for exceptionally able and motivated candidates who are academically gifted, dedicated to their studies and will seek to take full advantage of opportunities to extend their learning beyond the core syllabus.

In return, we offer the teaching and guidance of staff that have a wealth of experience in nurturing gifted pupils to fulfil their academic potential. The Head of Academic Scholars mentors scholars through a termly meeting to review progress and discuss personal goals. Scholarship pupils will receive subject-specific extension opportunities, access to national and international academic competitions for individuals and teams with specialist preparation, invitations to external and in-house academic lectures and seminars.

All Academic Scholars are expected to:

  • Ensure that they maintain the highest standards of effort in their academic studies.
  • Apply commitment, reliability and enthusiasm to extension opportunities.
  • Support the school at academic events as requested.
The Application Process

Scholarship assessment is based on exceptionally high scores in the entrance exam (the expectation would be an average of 90%+, results being norm-referenced), school report and an interview with the Head or Director of Admissions.


In addition to the 13+ Maths and English examination papers, academic scholarship applicants will sit an additional one-hour Scholarship Paper.  This will consist of 30 minutes of extended Maths questions and 30 minutes to debate, in writing, a recent topic of news from a list of options.  In order to be prepared for the scholarship paper, pupils should be aware of current affairs from 1 November 2020 to the examination date.  There will also be an interview with the Head or Director of Admissions and attention will be given to current school report.


At 16+ academic scholarship will be based on predicted grades, school report and interview with the Head or Deputy Head.

Application Forms

Completed application forms should be returned to: Jayne Grigg, Director of Admissions, Truro School, Trennick Lane, Truro, TR1 1TH

Deadline for submitting application forms:

16+ Friday, 6 November 2020
11+ and 13+ Friday, 11 December 2020