We have three 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 one for junior and senior boys, Trennick.
Each house has a dedicated team of boarding staff, which includes a 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, David McKeown, 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.
Junior and Senior Boys
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 junior and senior boy 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.
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 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.