Our Reception to Year 2 is situated in its own purpose built building within the grounds of Truro School Prep. It is an extremely happy, stimulating and secure environment for our youngest pupils to make their first steps into education whilst being able to enjoy the wonderful facilities used by the rest of the school such as the swimming pool, the woods, the sports hall and sports field and the outdoor classroom.
In the earlier years, the emphasis is very firmly on ensuring the happiness and well being of every pupil and nurturing their individual talents. Through small class sizes, a broad and dynamic curriculum and high academic standards we seek to develop confidence, emotional resilience and intellectual curiosity in each and every child, essential for the development of a lifelong love of learning. Children also attend sessions in our Forest School which uses a full range of experiences to explore and share curious and creative thoughts, ideas and feelings.
We encourage good manners, respect and courtesy towards others and provide excellent pastoral care enabling our pupils to make positive relationships and to be motivated to rise to the challenges of each new stage in their learning.
There are two classes in every year group from Reception to Year 2. We offer excellent pupil/teacher ratios and also have highly trained support staff working within each year group. We are proud to offer specialist Early Years and Key Stage 1 teaching in Forest School, PE, swimming, French and Music and Drama.
Scroll down to read some of the Frequently Asked Questions for Reception to Year 2.
This is the class your child will join in the September after their fourth birthday.
Yes. Truro School Nursery accepts pupils aged 3-4 and offers a curriculum that is both creative and challenging. Our children benefit from highly qualified and experienced teachers who provide the freedom to explore, learn and enjoy our beautiful outside spaces
No. All pupils who enter the Reception Class are required to attend full-time from 8.40am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday
Yes. We confirm that we are able to accept Child Care Vouchers for fees until the term following the child’s fifth birthday as long as all other conditions surrounding the use of the vouchers are satisfied.
Yes. All pupils wear an age appropriate version of the school uniform.
Come and visit us. We run regular Open Days, informal guided tours on most Tuesday mornings or you can make an appointment to have a tour with the EYFS Coordinator. We would be delighted to see you and your children. For more info, check the welcome page on the website or contact the Head’s Secretary.
Complete the blue registration form which is found inside the Prospectus and return it to the Head’s Secretary with the registration fee.
No. There may be a waiting list for your child’s class. We will, however, immediately confirm in writing whether your child has secured a place or been placed on a waiting list.
For children aged 5 years and over (for entry into Year 1 and Year 2) there is an entry process, which, at least, entails the child joining a class here for a day. This will be explained in detail on a preliminary tour of the school.
We have a fantastic in-house catering team who will do their best to meet any special dietary needs the pupils may have. The menus are designed to reflect different world cultures. There is always a vegetarian option available.
The teachers, assistants and kitchen staff will all encourage the pupils to make sensible choices. Parents are given the menus and may indicate to the teacher their child’s preferences for each day.
Yes. French is taught from Reception to Year 2.
Yes. Each class has one music lesson per week.
Yes – from Year 2 onwards. Year 2 pupils may also learn another instrument, such as the guitar, violin, cello, drums or piano, but only with the consent of their Class Teacher. We also offer singing lessons.
Yes. We have our own heated indoor pool on site. Full-time pupils swim twice a week. Part-time pupils swim at least once per week (subject to attending on one of the three swimming days).
Yes. Parents can opt for their child to attend ballet classes, which are taught by a specialist teacher, for a small additional charge.
Yes. Early Birds’ Club is available for pupils in the dining hall from 7.45am. Supervision is free. The usual charge of £2.50 applies if your child requires a breakfast. For those who are not eating, there will be simple games and activities.
There is an After School Care Club that runs from 3:45pm to 5:30pm and is held in the Pre-Prep building where a variety of activities are available. Pupils can also order a packed tea for £3.20 for them to take away for the journey home. At 5.30pm, all pupils still at the club will be brought across to the Dining Hall to join the Supper Club, from where they should be collected. Supper Club starts at 5.30pm and continues until 6.15pm. There is a supervision charge made for all children who attend for any part of this time.
Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri, (to be rather than to seem to be) captures the essence of our identity. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.
DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AT EVERY LEVEL
Because we believe that academic excellence is an important part of human excellence. Every child is an individual and we celebrate and develop their uniqueness, helping them to become an independent learner and encouraging each child to explore, understand and cultivate their talent and abilities, whatever they may be.
To inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and help each pupil to find and fully develop his or her talents.
Because we value the development of pupils’ imaginative and creative dimensions as well as their characters. Through a broad curriculum and wide range of co-curricular activities, pupils discover the important balance between creative and logical thinking. These opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter discovers their hidden gifts, developing a sense of individuality and a confidence in their own abilities.
DEVELOPING PUPILS WHO ARE AT EASE WITH THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER
Because we want every pupil to be comfortable in their own skin, celebrating the uniqueness of each individual in the school community. Through drama, debating and public speaking, as well as creating their own assemblies and appearing in concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.
To forge pupil characters and ambition through challenges and opportunities.
Because we believe that essential life skills are often best taught outside of the classroom, balancing an academic education. Through a wide-ranging co-curricular programme, we offer every child the chance to participate, perform and lead in the fields of their choice. In a competitive world these opportunities are fundamental to ensuring your son or daughter develops essential life skills and an ambition for life.
DEVELOPING STUDENTS WHO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE AND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
Because our mission challenges us to be a vibrant community which enables people to live their lives to the full and transform society for the better. Located in the heart of Cornwall, our distinctive, serene location supports the development of balanced, unpretentious and reflective children who understand their role as global citizens.
ENCOURAGING PUPILS TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN WAY OF THINKING
Because we encourage pupils towards a personally developed life philosophy. Underlying all that we do is a solid foundation based on the ethos and values of Christianity. We nurture and challenge each individual child in a caring environment that is inclusive, enjoys the diversity within our School Community and beyond, and supports a genuine desire to question what we see and what we know.