International Boarders

UK Boarding School in Cornwall

For our International Boarders, Cornwall offers a world of adventure and culture on their doorstep and we encourage them to embrace as much as they can during their time at Truro School.

The coast

80% of Cornwall is surrounded by water, making it the ideal place to try out a variety of water sports such as surfing and sailing. There are over 300 miles of coastline and 200 beaches to explore.

Sports at Truro School

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie is a former pupil and lends his name to our £4.2 million Sports Centre, which offers an eight court multi-use sports hall, two county standard squash courts, a large fitness suite, and a dance and exercise studio with a sprung wooden floor and a range of equipment for classes. All our sports facilities are available for use by our boarding school students.

“Things I love about boarding: my bed; my friends in Malvern and Pentreve; having a hot breakfast every day; being able to use the school fields; and lots more!” – 5th Year student from Hong Kong

The culture

The Cornish are known across the UK as being welcoming and friendly, with a love for the great outdoors. Boarders have the opportunity to take part in outdoor activities such as the Ten Tors challenge – which sees them scaling Cornwall’s stunning moors and hillside. There is also a noticeable art scene across Cornwall, and a number of galleries, exhibitions and the annual City of Lights parade celebrate this each year.

“Boarding is an amazing fusion of cultural diversity, the opportunity to self-develop, and to make friends that will last a lifetime. It is like a big family, where everyone cares for and looks out for one another.” – Lower Sixth student from Georgia

One-Year GCSE course

“Boarding is an amazing experience – every teenager should have this chance. It has made me more independent, and a stronger person, but at the same time there are lots of friends and teachers around to help you.” – Lower Sixth student from China

English Language Support

Those for whom English is an additional language (EAL) are fully supported by our EAL specialist. To help establish their level of proficiency in English we use the Oxford Placement Test. If the test results indicate the need for support, we provide regular lessons free of charge. However, if results indicate that more than the usual timetabled lessons are required, or if additional lessons are requested, a fee is payable for these.

EAL pupils in the 1st to 3rd Years are withdrawn from timetabled lessons on a rotational basis. To ensure continuity during the important public examination years, pupils for the 4th Year upwards have lessons outside lesson time. The pupils are retested at the end of the academic year and if their result is in the Highly Proficient band support lessons will cease.

Sixth Form students from overseas wishing to continue their studies at an English university are required to sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Classes for this are provided throughout the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth. Preparation for this takes place during their extra single EAL lesson. To sit this examination there is a fee payable which must be paid directly to the external agency.

Weekend classes

To support our international boarding school students in developing their English language skills, we provide Wednesday evening classes that cover the IGCSE in English Language. For more information, please contact Jayne Grigg in Admissions at