Truro School has a long-standing reputation for producing fencers of the highest quality. With our partnership with Truro Fencing Club many of our fencers have gained international honours. For those individuals who want to keep fit and learn a new skill, or those who aspire to national team selection, we have a programme on offer to support your fencing career.
Fencing not only offers pupils the opportunity to learn a new discipline and improve fitness but it tests their strength, technique, tactical ability and control. It is also an excellent means of learning respect through sport and building self-confidence.
There are clubs in place from the earliest opportunity to attract pupils to our sport, with fencing clubs in the pre-prep and prep schools. When these pupils move into the senior school they can then really pursue the sport with gusto.
Senior School fencers can take advantage of one of four weekly clubs ranging from beginner to elite levels.
Newcomers to the sport are encouraged to join the Wednesday afternoon activity. Those who compete regularly also come along to the intermediates’ fencing club.
A club level fencer can expect to access three evening training sessions a week at Truro Fencing Club and an additional individual lesson by appointment.
In addition, fencers can access individual lessons and training on-site with Truro Fencing Club, alongside their academic studies. High-performance fencers can also become part of the Truro Fencing Elite Academy Programme. All fencing sessions are run by members of the world-class coaching team from Truro Fencing Club.
Truro School and Truro Fencing Club have entered into a partnership to offer the most comprehensive and professional integrated training programme for fencers aged 11 – 18. The Academy has an impressive 8 piste fencing centre on-site at Truro School, the Cornwall Fencing centre, which is the home of Truro Fencing Club. There are training programmes to suit fencers from beginner to elite level, and Truro School has a dedicated member of staff who acts as the liaison between pupils and their families and Truro Fencing Club.
Fencers are supported academically through busy competition periods with close monitoring and distance learning support. The Truro Fencing Elite Academy Programme trains fencers from club to world-class level in all disciplines. A typical weekly programme for an Elite Academy fencer offers around 3 hours of varied training per day. Each athlete receives sparring, footwork, lessons, tactical training, fitness training, a personalised, periodised training and competition plan, alongside athlete and academic mentoring. Regular sessions with specialist support staff in the fields of strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, sports massage and performance nutrition complement the fencing training.
A club level fencer can expect to access three evening training sessions a week at Truro Fencing Club, one school fencing lesson and an additional individual lesson by appointment.
All fencing sessions are delivered by Truro Fencing Club’s world-class coaching team which has a vast experience of World and European Championship and Olympic level coaching.
If your ambition is to pursue an outstanding standard of academic education whilst training at the highest possible level in the sport of fencing, then Truro Fencing Elite Academy Programme is your best choice.
Admission to Truro School is via an entrance exam at 11+, 13+, or GCSE results for 16+ applicants. Please visit our Admissions pages for more information.
Fencing scholarships are available to fencers of an exceptional standard. To find out more, please visit our Fencing Scholarships page.
Truro School offers both day and boarding options and welcomes international pupils from all over the world. Around 50% of the school’s boarders are British with parents living and working overseas or elsewhere in the UK and our international students join us all over the world. Boarders live in one of our three small boarding houses in a home-from-home environment where they form friendships that last well beyond their school years. An academically rigorous environment is balanced with a wealth of pastoral care to get students the results they need to move on to the next stage of their education, at home, in the UK or further afield, and the life skills to prepare them for all that follow.
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.