Headmaster’s Blog, Saturday 12 March

I have just returned from the Prep School Open Morning. I spent a thoroughly enjoyable time wandering around the school talking to prospective parents, pupils and staff.   Fortune certainly smiled upon us in the form of the gloriously sunny weather – it was super to see the site looking so good.  I was very much in the back seat as Matthew Lovett, our Headmaster of Truro Prep, and Sarah Patterson, the incoming Head from September 2016, were the official ‘meeters and greeters’ of prospective parents and children. Our pupils were on hand to showcase the many activities that happen at our Prep School – from the dinosaur bone hunt in the Pre-Prep to building and racing go-karts in the DT workshops and playground.


On Tuesday I took a trip to London to attend a conference hosted by MTM consulting.  They have just published their most recent research report looking at trends within independent education.  It was reassuring to the extent that our focus at Truro School chimes loudly with the core reasons parents give for choosing to invest in an independent school education for their children; firstly, because they provide the best available academic education, and secondly because they offer the best chance for admission to a good university.  These are certainly two key elements of our strategic plan 2014-2020.


On Thursday evening, it was the annual Combined Truro Schools Art Exhibition Private View at Lander Gallery. This is one of my personal favourites in the school calendar as the event is a great reflection of what can happen when there is collaboration between the students and staff across independent and state schools in Truro. The evening was enjoyable and the artwork will be hanging in the gallery for a few weeks more if you have a chance to have a look over a coffee.


One of the jewels in the Truro School crown is undoubtedly the success and reputation of our Geology Department – down in no small part to the knowledge and dedication of Ian Kenyon, Head of Geology. As some of you may be aware Ian is stepping down as Head of Department in July, although he will still continue to teach part time. This week we have been interviewing for his replacement which has been inspirational, given the high calibre candidates who we assembled for short listing. The formal notice of who will be picking up the reins from Ian will be announced in due course.


Yesterday morning I had a rather unusual journey to work for me as I went first to the railway station to watch our students arrive from the east, west and south of the county and catch the buses up to School ….. hindered by a late train and additional traffic lights. A slightly frustrated headmaster!


Over half term, our budding surfers took their inaugural surf trip abroad to Portugal, where they stayed for a week. This is part of our initiative to develop the abilities of our surfers at Truro School as we progress our water sports strategy across the board (no pun intended!). It seems the surf was cooking, as this short video demonstrates! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHwJXGZpvXc


Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Andrew Gordon-Brown, Truro School Headmaster