Headmaster’s Blog, Friday 16 January 2015

Although the weather outside has been frightful, the conversations in the Headmaster’s study have been anything but.  It’s the time of year when, in great number, I get to meet and talk to prospective pupils and their parents about my vision for Truro School, to answer their questions, and to show off our delightful Sixth Formers who give up their time to act as tour guides.   I look forward to welcoming many families back tomorrow for our entrance exam for prospective 1st and 3rd Year pupils. We do try and ensure that the morning is as enjoyable as possible and advise the children try and think of the exam as a place to show off what they can do and know that we are wanting them to succeed.

 

From promising new pupils to flourishing Upper Sixth students.  The deadline for university applications has just passed, but many of our early bird applicants are already in receipt of a good number of offers.  There was excitement this week for our successful Oxbridge candidates – the five young men and women have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge.  This year the girls are out-numbering the boys with four girls and one boy. It is reassuring to see the diversity of the subjects that these students are intending to read at university – Philosophy, Modern Languages, Biochemistry and Natural Sciences.  And this is alongside other success stories such as Joe Lee, the lead from Sweeney Todd last term and one of our high achieving musicians, who has been offered places from Birmingham Conservatoire, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study the double bass.  It’s super to see how our pupils are being rewarded for pursuing their talents and passions across such a broad spectrum.

 

A Head of Geology from another leading UK school accompanied our students and staff on their field trip to Tenerife at the end of last term.   He has just written me an amazing letter of thanks.  As you can imagine, I receive and respond to all sorts of correspondence but I was particularly proud when this letter observed that “Truro School students were simply the best field geologists I have had the pleasure to work with” and that “the sense of friendship, camaraderie, level of detail and work ethic was simply delightful to witness.” I’ll stop blowing the trumpet for now!

 

And so the term is in full swing a week and a half in. The Ten Tors hopefuls are out training at the weekends and I think we all should sit back and admire anyone who can get out and on the moor at first light when it is 2 degrees outside with a chance of snow!  I hope the recent 3rd Year Choices and a 5th Year parents’ evenings were useful for all families. The focus in coming weeks is on guiding our 5th Years with their A level choices. Onwards!