Headmaster's Blog Monday 10 February 2014

Boarding at Truro School is entering an exciting new phase.


In September this year we will open Poltisco House – a brand new boarding house for junior girls. Poltisco overlooks the Truro River and is one of the city’s lovely historic houses. Its conversion into a home away from home for 1st to 4th Year girls is almost complete.


There are so many good reasons to board, not least of which is that the boarders love being with their friends and are enriched by our culturally diverse community. With many of our boys and girls commuting long distances to and from school, I am convinced that cutting the time and cost of travelling and having teachers provide supervised support during evening prep makes for a thoroughly modern solution for busy families. If you might be interested and need more enticing, why not apply for a Headmaster’s Boarding Award, a number of which are available for each of our four boarding houses in celebration of the Poltisco opening.


Mr Gove has been much in the news, suggesting he wants independent and state schools to become indistinguishable. Being state school educated myself, albeit in South Africa during the height of apartheid, it’s clear to me that the independent school sector in the UK has a DNA that is worth copying, and I take Mr Gove’s remarks as a compliment. Through our commitment to small class sizes, a dedicated common room of teachers who go the extra mile, and a broad spectrum of opportunity outside the classroom, we hope to earn our beacon of excellence status.


I have just written offer letters for 11+ and 13+ places in September to families from well over 20 primary and prep schools. I’m very pleased both with the level of demand and the calibre of pupils who I hope will be coming our way. My next job is to write to offer internal scholarships to an impressive group of existing pupils heading towards our 3rd Year and Sixth Form next academic year.


As ever, the creative and performing arts are much on display at school. I highly recommend the Twisted Textiles exhibition in the Heseltine Gallery which started last Friday. I am enjoying my weekly rehearsals with the TS Choral Society as we prepare for the Faure’s Requiem concert next month. And, many congratulations to the groups from Truro School who performed with such distinction at the Music for Youth regional festival last week. Finally, if you fancy developing your own artistic talents, why not sign up for the ceramics or textiles courses that are being run by the talented technicians in our Art department.


Andrew Gordon-Brown