Ages 4 – 7

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Reception Class?

This is the class your child will join in the September after their fourth birthday.

Do you accept pupils before Reception Year?

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

Will my child still be able to attend part-time when he/she joins the Reception Class?

No. All pupils who enter the Reception Class are required to attend full-time from 8.40am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday

Can I use Childcare Vouchers when I pay the fees?

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.

Does my child have to wear school uniform?

Yes. All pupils wear an age appropriate version of the school uniform.

I want my child to come to this school, what do I need to do?

Come and visit us. We run regular Open Days, informal guided tours on most Thursday mornings or you can make an appointment to have a tour with the Head or 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 PA.

I have already visited the school. What do I do now?

Complete the registration form which can be found online and submit it along with the registration fee.

Does returning a registration form guarantee my child a place?

No. There may be a waiting list for your child’s class. We will, however, immediately confirm 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.

Do you cater for pupils who require special diets and do your menus include foods from other world cultures?

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.

Who helps my child choose a balanced meal?

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.

Do the children learn a foreign language?

Yes. French is taught from Reception to Year 2.

Do the children have music lessons?

Yes. Each class has one music lesson per week.

Can my child learn a musical instrument?

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.

Do you offer swimming and, if so, how often will my child have swimming 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).

Can my child have ballet lessons?

Yes. Parents can opt for their child to attend ballet classes, which are taught by a specialist teacher, for a small additional charge.

Do you have an Early Birds’ Club and an After School Care Club?

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. There is a supervision charge for this; pupils can also order a packed tea 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. More information about our Wraparound Care can be found in the Parent Handbook.

The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri (to be, rather than to seem to be), captures the essence of our identity and is defined by the 5 C's below. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual.

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