We have four beautifully presented boarding houses close to the school campus and the City of Truro.
There are two houses 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 mistress 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. Boarding at Truro School is overseen by the Head of Boarding, Tom Copeland, who is also the Housemaster of Trennick House.
Each of our boarding houses accommodates between 15 and 35 pupils. This naturally creates a genuine, family environment where boarders support each other, and enjoy and share in each other’s successes.
The Houseparents and their teams ensure that the boarders are safe, happy, settled and cared for 24 hours a day. Boarding staff are also subject teachers at the school, adding another branch of support when it comes to evening prep and studies.
The boarding houses are continually being upgraded and developed on a rolling programme. All houses have their own separate recreation spaces, separate kitchens, bathrooms and IT suites.
5th Years & Sixth Form
The house has a large kitchen with comfy sofas and a lounge area. Malvern is the perfect place for girls to relax, be happy and enjoy their time with each other.
4th & 5th Years & Sixth Form
Trennick is the biggest of the boarding houses with two separate lounge areas and a kitchen. Based in the heart of the main school, the house is home to 4th Year, 5th Year and Sixth Form boarders.
1st to 5th Year Girls
Originally opened as a Truro School boarding house in 1930, Pentreve was refurbished in summer 2016 to once again become home to the junior girls boarding community.
1st to 4th Year
Nestled in the school grounds, Poltisco has recently been refurbished and is now home to the Junior Boys’ Boarding at Truro School.
Depending on their age, students may have their own room (mainly sixth form) or they may share in a larger room. Everyone has their own bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, storage space and a lockable space. Each student also has a personal pin-board so they can bring along photographs and posters which they can put up to quickly make their room feel like home.
Bedding, pillow, pillow cases, duvets, duvet covers and sheets are provided but many boarders prefer to bring their own from home. None of the rooms in Truro School’s boarding houses are ‘en suite’ but there are many showers and toilets close to each bedroom. The communal areas of each boarding houses are cleaned daily. Boarders’ bedrooms are cleaned several times a week.
Each boarding house is made up of:
The boarders have the run of the campus in the evenings when the swimming pool, fitness suite and all-weather pitch are much in demand. They also have access to an on-site medical centre, a resident chaplain and a school counsellor.
All of our boarding staff live within the boarding houses and also teach at Truro School. They help to provide a sense of community in a homely environment and are there to personally support the boarders and give them the guidance they require until they leave Sixth Form.
Our house staff are all highly experienced in boarding and have completed Boarding Schools’ Association training as well as first-aid and mental health training. They work closely with the school nurses, the Heads of Years, the Chaplain, the Deputy Head (Pastoral) and the teaching staff.
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.
DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AT EVERY LEVEL
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.
To inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and help each pupil to find and fully develop his or her talents.
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.
DEVELOPING PUPILS WHO ARE AT EASE WITH THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER
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.
To forge pupil characters and ambition through challenges and opportunities.
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.
DEVELOPING STUDENTS WHO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE AND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
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.
ENCOURAGING PUPILS TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN WAY OF THINKING
Because we encourage pupils towards a personally developed life philosophy. Underlying all that we do is a solid foundation based on the ethos and values of Christianity. We nurture and challenge each individual child in a caring environment that is inclusive, enjoys the diversity within our School Community and beyond, and supports a genuine desire to question what we see and what we know.