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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.