Co-education – Preparation for Life

Girls and boys achieving together

Truro School first welcomed girls to the Sixth Form in 1976 and has been fully co-educational since the early 1990s. Since then Truro School has continued to shape an environment in which children develop mutual respect and empathy for one another, are exposed to different viewpoints and are encouraged to collaborate and achieve together, providing preparation for the real world beyond school.

In a world in which men and women live and work alongside one another a co-educational environment awakens a spirit of equality and provides children with the strength and confidence to aim high and achieve together with the highest mutual respect.

An inclusive community

At Truro School we embrace an inclusive, vibrant community in which girls and boys are unafraid to ask important questions about life and values, celebrating and embracing their differences as well as their similarities and developing their own way of thinking in an environment that reflects real-world communities and workplaces.

Breaking down stereotypes

We stand for equality and empower children to break down gender stereotypes, to both participate and thrive in subjects or activities which may have once been stereotyped as ‘male- or female-dominated’. For example, our Leiths Certificate in Food and Wine and our daily cookery clubs and activities are taken up by at least as many boys as girls, led by our inspirational team of male and female chefs. Keeping girls and boys separate risks perpetuating and reinforcing the stereotypes rather than actually addressing them.

Nurturing individual needs

Our emphasis on nurturing and a strong pastoral care network ensures the individual needs of children are met and provides a safe, supportive environment in which pupils feel comfortable and confident with themselves and each other. Our highly experienced teaching staff and small class sizes allow us to fully understand how individuals learn best, providing outstanding progression and personalised support based on individual needs and not genders.

Female and male role models

Alongside this, Truro School has a strong tradition of leadership and responsibility and as pupils progress through the school, everyone is encouraged to embrace these opportunities, providing strong female and male role models for our younger pupils and building a foundation for enduring social and professional relationships.

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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