Fencing at Truro School

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.

Why try Sabre fencing at Truro School?

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.

Who can do it?

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.

Sabre Fencing Elite Academy Programme

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

Fencing scholarships are available to fencers of an exceptional standard. To find out more, please visit our Fencing Scholarships page.

Boarding at Truro School

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.

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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