Headmaster’s Blog 28 November 2013

On Tuesday 26 November, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards presentation was held. We were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh Operations and Development Officer for the South West, Alan Dodd, who quoted research about just how much employers value candidates with D of E Awards. It’s a high quality label, denoting a range of personal skills and qualities that is so important in any enterprise. Alan confirmed that Truro School’s programme is the most successful in the South West, both in terms of the number of Awards that are achieved, and also in terms of the retention rate of students who enrol for and complete the Award. We are three times the South West average!


The House Music Competition is in full swing. Looking at the daily bulletin today gives a sense of the strength of music at Truro School – around 80 pupils in the soloists semi-final and 15 different groups in the ensemble semi-final. Our Senior, Chamber and Epworth choirs are gearing up for Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, which is certain to be an inspirational spectacle within the walls of a beautiful and significant building in the heart of Truro. Our music department is also preparing for the Christmas concerts, which too will be wonderful occasions.


I often speak of sporting, dramatic and artistic success at Truro School, but this week subjects such as Psychology, Debating, Economics and Business have taken centre stage. It is a real testament to the school when individuals such as our debaters and our economists represent the school with such distinction at conferences and competitions around the country.


On Monday we are holding an Ethics Conference for Cornwall schools – The Only Way is Ethics. We will be honoured to welcome Dr Peter Vardy as our guest lecturer for this year’s inaugural event. Alongside our own students, we are delighted to welcome four other schools along to experience the day. We have put together a programme which is designed to challenge our understanding of ethical issues and provide a platform for future study for 5th Year students. Teachers will also find the subject matter useful for their own continuing professional development. I look forward to telling you more about it next week.


A professional production comes to the Burrell this Saturday, of which Lottie Symes, Front of House Manager, has said she ‘laughed, cried and was transfixed throughout.’ You and Me is the story of two elderly sisters and is said to be character acting at its best. It’s certainly one not to be missed. For information on tickets, visit the Cornish Riviera Box Office.


Andrew Gordon-Brown