We have celebrated the arrival of our new sports centre with joy, gratitude and excitement. Having Sir Ben Ainslie come to Truro School on the last day of what was a busy but happy half term, for the official opening and unveiling of the plaque, was a fitting end. Ben was generous with his time, full of praise for his old school and inspiring in his words to our pupils. By his own admission he was neither particularly sporty nor very academic while at school, but when his father helped him launch his first dinghy a mile up creek from the Pandora Inn, he discovered a thrill and a talent which he has pursued to achieve unparalleled success. You can see a video of Sir Ben’s visit here.
Many of our Upper Sixth students have now submitted their university applications, which means I have been reading dozens of supporting references written by our teachers, tutors and Sixth Form team. It’s really pleasing to be able to read about how our students are combining academic pursuit with such a wide range of co-curricular enrichment. This gives them a real edge when it comes to apply for university, as they present themselves both with qualifications and personal qualities.
New data from the government confirms and updates research published by HMC in 2009 to show that the proportion of independent school entrants to Russell Group universities is growing. A large majority of Truro School leavers are destined for Russell Group universities, so this is a trend we regularly evaluate. Over the last decade it rose from 24.4% (2002/03) to 25.4% (2011/12).
Truro School now has a recently refurbished Outdoor Education Centre located at the heart of the School campus. The centre, which was previously a school squash court, is a fitting addition to our Outdoor Pursuit programme of DofE and Ten Tors training, which we continue to spearhead across the county. Much of this training took place in the first few days of the holiday, with 69 pupils out for Gold and Silver DofE supported by five prefects and 14 members of staff. A big thank you to everyone who supported the activities.
The last word of is a welcome back to our German exchange students returning from Munich. I understand it was a great success – we continue to be exceedingly proud of our young Truro School ambassadors.
I wish all Truro School families a happy and productive second half of term.