As this new academic year begins, I would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to our new pupils and parents. A new year brings so many exciting things, but we cannot forget what a fantastic year has just passed. This summer has been especially notable here at Truro School. Our GCSE and A Level students did us proud, bucking trends and breaking records with their results. We also had some tremendous globetrotting young individuals travel to Uganda and Peru, embracing life-changing experiences and making memories with teachers and peers alike. I am so proud of everything they achieved.
Our staff got together on Friday 30 August for a morning of reflection; an invaluable opportunity for all members of our teaching and support community to come together and consider what it means to be part of Truro School. It was as enlightening as it was reflective and I feel privileged to work alongside this team of individuals. This summer also saw senior staff from both our schools attend a strategy day at Falmouth University. Dr Robin Kirby, former pupil, current governor and strategic analyst for the Vice Chancellor, facilitated a thought provoking workshop as we considered core strategic priorities for our schools towards 2020.
A lot has been made of the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, and it is certainly a remarkable feeling to stand in the amazing facilities surrounded by some fantastic images and silverware from triumphs across a range of sports. And it continues. On 27 August our 1st XV rugby team started the season as they mean to go on with an impressive 29–0 debut win against Cornwall U18s. Training has begun early in the hockey, too, and this year is sure to prove another success for our talented boys and girls.
The Sports Centre mustn’t overshadow the numerous other projects that have taken shape in recent months. There is a new dining hall adding to the atmosphere of a busy lunch time at the Prep School. There is a brand new classroom block situated by the Sports Centre, which will predominately be for the teaching of Religious Studies. Finally, much of the site has been tidied and upgraded, from car parking and signage to windows and plant pots. As we continue to shine as a beacon of academic excellence across Cornwall, it’s important that the school too looks its best and the Estates team has worked hard to create a fresh face for a fresh year. I very much look forward to being part of it.
Once again, welcome to all new parents and pupils and all the best for the coming term.
Mr A S Gordon-Brown