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International Boarding

For our International Boarders, Cornwall offers a world of adventure and culture on their doorstep and we encourage them to embrace as much as they can during their time at Truro School.

Truro School Boarding offers a welcoming environment for international pupils from all over the world. Around 50% of our boarders are British with parents living and working overseas or elsewhere in the UK and our international students currently join us from Ghana, Thailand, Germany , Philippines, Lithuania, Spain, Hong Kong, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria, Nigeria and Finland.  Boarders live in one of our four small boarding houses in a home-from-home environment where they form friendships that last well beyond their school years.  Truro School offers its international boarders

A warm and welcoming environment

The opportunity for students to enjoy their childhood by experiencing a first-class education combined with a wide range of co-curricular activities and weekend fun that takes advantage of our beautiful situation in Cornwall

An Education for Life

An academically rigorous environment is balanced with a wealth of pastoral care to get international students the results they need to move on to the next stage of their education, at home, in the UK or further afield, and the life skills to prepare them for all that follows.

“Boarding is an amazing experience – every teenager should have this chance. It has made me more independent, and a stronger person, but at the same time there are lots of friends and teachers around to help you.” – Lower Sixth student from China.

Educational Programmes

International students are welcome to join Truro School for a short stay or for the duration of their education.  Depending on age and educational background, we offer a wide range of educational programmes to suit everyone.  In addition to the main school curriculum (1st-3rd  Year), GCSEs (4th-5th Years) and A levels (Sixth Form) there are the following courses:

Short stay – minimum of one term – gives students from overseas the opportunity to get a real “taste” for life in a British boarding school with all the same opportunities inside and outside the classroom of full-time students.  Any year group from 1st Year – Lower Sixth.

1-year GCSE – Students will join the 5th Year (Year 11) and take 5-7GCSE qualifications in a range of subjects depending on academic ability and educational background:  usually, English Language, Maths, modern languages (French, German and/or Spanish), one or two sciences.  Students are expected to play a full part in the co-curricular life of the school depending upon their interests and skills but are also encouraged to try something new.

Pre A-Level course – This course is designed for international students who wish to accelerate their English skills, prepare for the demands of A Level study and go on to attain high A Level results and further their education at university. They will join our 5th Year – Year 11 – to experience a wide range of subjects so that they can make a well-informed decision regarding A level subjects and they will have the background and foundation knowledge and vocabulary to start on an A level course.

English Language Support

Those for whom English is an additional language (EAL) are fully supported by our EAL specialist. To help establish their level of proficiency in English we use the Oxford Placement Test. If the test results indicate the need for support, we provide regular lessons free of charge. However, if results indicate that more than the usual timetabled lessons are required, or if additional lessons are requested, a fee may be payable for these.

EAL pupils in the 1st to 3rd Years are withdrawn from timetabled lessons on a rotational basis. To ensure continuity during the important public examination years, pupils for the 4th Year upwards have lessons outside lesson time. The pupils are retested at the end of the academic year and if their result is in the Highly Proficient band support lessons will cease.

Sixth Form students from overseas wishing to continue their studies at an English university are required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Classes for this are provided throughout the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. Preparation for this takes place during their extra single EAL lesson. To sit this examination there is a fee payable which must be paid directly to the external agency.

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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. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.