Headmaster’s Blog, 21 September 2015

If I’m not careful I will blink and it will be Christmas! I guess it felt rather luxurious for our pupils to start the year with lessons on a Thursday. By now, with two complete weeks under our collective belts, Truro School is motoring along and the school is as busy as ever. Most pupils are into their strides and I can see that for some of our 180+ new joiners, the busyness of the working day whilst settling into a new environment has been pretty tiring. It’s useful to be able to experience this both from the perspective of Headmaster and Dad. I’m very grateful to Mrs G-B for hosting coffee mornings for new parents and nice to hear that things are generally off to a very good start.
This last weekend saw the first of our 1st Year form groups off to Minions for a day of teambuilding. We have a long-term lease from the Duchy on a characterful outdoor pursuits ‘hut’ on Bodmin Moor. It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but surrounded by the peace and beauty of the moors and a great place for staff and students alike to shake off the shackles of everyday life and get back to basics. While the 1st Years were at Minions, the 2nd Years were developing their outdoor skills at Trenoweth Woods where I am told that the skinning of rabbits was encouraged but nonetheless optional.
I have enjoyed meeting so many parents in the past fortnight. I hope that the new parents’ welcome evening provided reassurance that all will be well for our 1st-3rd Year joiners. Lower Sixth parents turned out in large number to hear about our plans to negotiate the changes to the A Level curriculum. In many ways the changes afoot play to our strengths because of our strong focus in providing individual support, advice and guidance.
In the coming week I look forward to welcoming 4th Year parents for the GCSE evening, and then next week all 4th and 5th Year students and parents are invited to our Sixth Form Open Evening which is a must for those wanting to get to grips with the distinctiveness of our post-16 platform. The evening is fronted by our students themselves who are a compelling advertisement for the benefits of the Sixth Form.

Andrew Gordon-Brown, Truro School Headmaster