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.
There are three boarding houses at Truro School: two for girls; Malvern for senior girls and Pentreve for junior girls, and one boys’ house; Trennick. 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.
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 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 during the evenings and at weekends. There are also 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.
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.
The Chaplain, Rev Helen Byrne, plays a key role in the pastoral care of boarders. She regularly spends time in the boarding houses during the evening, and she 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. She has an office near the Chapel, and her door is always open for boarders. Helen adopts a very non-judgemental and supportive approach, and she works tirelessly to promote effective and positive mental health for all pupils in the school.
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.
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.
The school has a modern, well-equipped Medical Centre run by Nurse Costa and Nurse Corden-Lloyd who are both Registered Nurses in Child Health. The Medical Centre is on call 24 hours a day for boarders.
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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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Curiosity to always want to discover and learn more, academically and more widely too.
Because we believe that academic excellence is an important part of human excellence. Every child is an individual and we celebrate and develop their uniqueness, helping them to become an independent learner and encouraging each child to explore, understand and cultivate their talent and abilities, whatever they may be.
Compassion to understand and champion the needs of others, in our community and beyond.
Because our mission challenges us to be a vibrant community which enables people to live their lives to the full and transform society for the better. Located in the heart of Cornwall, our distinctive, serene location supports the development of balanced, unpretentious and reflective children who understand their role as global citizens.
Confidence to build resilience by learning from both successes and failures alike.
Because we want every pupil to be comfortable in their own skin, celebrating the uniqueness of each individual in the school community. Through drama, presenting and public speaking opportunities, as well as appearing in productions and concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.
Creativity to be imaginative in how we express ourselves and approach new challenges.
Because we value the development of pupils’ imaginative and creative dimensions as well as their characters. Through a broad curriculum and wide range of co-curricular activities, pupils discover the important balance between creative and logical thinking. These opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter discovers their hidden gifts, developing a sense of individuality and a confidence in their own abilities.
Courage to enjoy becoming the very best of who we are, with integrity and ambition.
Because we believe that essential life skills are often best taught outside of the classroom, balancing an academic education. Through a wide-ranging co-curricular programme, we offer every child the chance to participate, perform and lead in the fields of their choice. In a competitive world these opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter develops essential life skills and an ambition for life.