The Boarding Houses

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.

Malvern House

Senior Girls

5th Years & Sixth Form

22 bedrooms

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.

Trennick House

Junior and Senior Boys

35 bedrooms

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.

Pentreve House

Junior Girls

1st to 5th Year Girls

8 bedrooms

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.

Inside a Boarding House

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:

  • Twin or triple bedrooms for 1st to 3rd year boarders
  • Twin bedrooms for 4th and 5th year boarders
  • Single bedrooms for Sixth Form boarders
  • Kitchen with fridge, microwave and kettle
  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry room with washing machine, dryer and iron
  • Study room with computers linked to the school network
  • Accommodation for Housemaster/mistress and Resident House Tutor


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.

The Boarding Team

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.

The Truro School Identity

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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