Boarders’ Trips and Activities

Boarders’ trips and activities take place at weekends and occasionally during weekday evenings.

The trips are an opportunity for the boarding community to come together, have fun, learn something new, and give boarders the chance to explore some of the many highlights and attractions of Cornwall.

Cornwall is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK and is blessed with outstanding places to visit.

These include the internationally renowned Eden Project, Falmouth Maritime Museum, and the Tate Modern Art Gallery at St. Ives. There are also many local clubs which boarders can join; these include Truro Rugby Club, Truro Tennis Club, Truro Basketball Club, Perranporth Surf School, Truro Fencing Club, Truro Sea Scouts, Loe Beach Watersports Centre, and Truro Hockey Club.

There are also dedicated swim, gym and sports sessions available for boarders at the SBA in the evenings and at weekends.

Here are some of the weekend activities our boarders experience:

  • Surf lessons at Perranporth beach
  • Paintballing
  • Roller disco
  • Burrell Theatre events
  • Golf at Holywell Bay Golf Course
  • Tate Modern Art Gallery, St Ives
  • Go-karting and Quad Biking
  • Cookery School sessions
  • Ice Skating at the Eden Project
  • Dry slope skiing and snowboarding at the Plymouth Ski Centre
  • Football matches at Plymouth Argyle
  • Enterprise Boat trips down the River Fal
  • Walking the Cornwall Coastal Path
  • Concerts and plays at the Hall for Cornwall Theatre
  • Concerts and plays at the clifftop outdoor Minack Theatre
  • Combat Laser
  • Horse riding
  • Christmas shopping trips
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Kayaking and paddle-boarding

Co-curricular Opportunities for Boarders

We are the largest Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre in the South West of England and have one of the most prolific Music Departments in the region. We also offer over 70 clubs and activities in lunchtimes, after schools and on Wednesday afternoons. Whether you are creative, sporty, musical or the outdoor type, there are plenty of opportunities available to students at Truro School, with some of the best school facilities in the South West of England.


Truro School offers opportunities for students to participate in many ensembles, orchestras, bands and choirs. During the school year many of these groups perform in public. In addition, individual tuition is available to all students in the complete range of orchestral instruments such as piano, organ, guitar and voice. Many boarders take part in the annual school charity concert. A real highlight of the boarding calendar is the boarding charity concert which takes place in May.

Outdoor Pursuits

The South West of England is blessed with beautiful hiking are as including the Cornwall Coast Path, Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park. Training hikes and assessed expeditions take place at weekends. Those that take part not only enjoy the stunning scenery but also develop valuable life-skills such as teamwork and self-organisation. Those that complete the Ten Tors Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards are presented with medals and certificates to recognise their achievements.


Sport is a great strength of the school. There is a wide variety of sports on offer including rugby, football, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, basketball, rounders, athletics, hockey, swimming and trampolining. Many of the school sports teams compete in National competitions and have weekly fixtures against local schools. Most boarders are involved with at least one sport and many go on to be awarded their school sports colours. Some boarders take part in local sports teams such as Truro Basketball Club and Truro Fencing Club.


Many of the boarders enjoy performing in the school plays. The main school play takes place in November in the Burrell Theatre. The junior school play is shown in June and is performed by 1st to 4th year students. Recent productions have included Snow Queen, Fiddler on the Roof and The Odyssey. Housemasters/mistresses are keen supporters of school plays and will book tickets for the boarders and take them to watch each production.

Activities and Clubs

Boarders at Truro School can enjoy the huge range of clubs and activities on offer. Boarders can choose to participate in activities such as: Chess, Wargaming, Snorkelling, Sailing, Debating, Model United Nations

All boarders are expected to develop and follow interests, hobbies and passions that are creative and social.

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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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