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Pastoral Care of Boarders

Truro School has a long history of boarding and believes that the community atmosphere of the school is greatly enhanced by the presence of boarders.

Boarders, although representing only a small percentage of the school population, are seen as an integral part of life at school; they represent the heart of the school. There are four relatively small houses, two for girls; Malvern for senior girls and Pentreve for junior girls, and two boys houses; Trennick for senior boys and Poltisco for junior boys. Each house has a dedicated team of boarding staff, which includes a deputy Housemaster or Housemistress and a team of tutors, whose pastoral work is essential to maintain the smooth running of the boarding community and to enhance the quality of life of the pupils whilst they are in school.

Housemaster and Housemistress

The Housemaster and Housemistress coordinate the pastoral care of boarders and are keen to help and support with the many challenges teenagers face. They are all passionate about encouraging boarders to take positive action which enables them to have the best academic, co-curricular, social and personal outcomes.

The Housemaster/mistress is supported by a team of Resident Tutors who help run the house for one evening per week and some weekends. There are also two Non-resident House Tutors who help during one weekday evening each. All tutors assist with the pastoral care of the boarders and any boarder in any house can turn to any of the tutors for help, advice or support.

Tutors and Heads of Year

In addition to being in the care of a Housemaster or Housemistress, every student is in a Form, and the Form Tutor is an important person with whom students will have daily contact. He or she will be responsible for registering students every day, and is there to help, guide and monitor students in conjunction with house staff as they progress in the School. Heads of Year manage the tutor system and work closely with Housemasters and Housemistresses with pastoral and academic care of boarders.

Chaplain

The Chaplain, Rev Aubin de Gruchy, plays a key role in the pastoral care of boarders. He regularly spends time in the boarding houses during the evening and he enjoys helping support boarders – especially new boarders during their transition into boarding.

The Chaplain also leads boarders’ chapel services which happen once every half-term. He has an office near the Chapel and his door is always open for boarders. Aubin adopts a very non-judgemental and supportive approach and he works tirelessly to promote effective and positive mental health for all students in the school.

Prefects and Buddies

There are a Head of House, Deputy Head of House, and House Prefects for girls and boys boarding who are in the Upper Sixth and live in Trennick and Malvern. Most of them have boarded in the junior houses and are keen to keep strong links with the junior boarders.

Each boarder has a school buddy, who is a day student, and a house buddy, who is a boarder to help them settle in. There are also house prefects whose responsibilities include helping guide and support new boarders as they settle in.

Food and Drink

Pupils are provided with three very good meals each day when boarding and the Sixth Form also have access to the informal environment of the school’s café. Drinks and snacks are also readily available in all of the houses.

Medical Centre

The school has a modern, well-equipped Medical Centre run by Nurse Trevail and Nurse Corden-Lloyd who are both Registered Nurses in Child Health. The Medical Centre is on call 24 hours a day for boarders and is visited weekly by a local Doctor.

Boarding News

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, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.