Between Years 3 and 6 (ages 7 – 11) pupils become less involved with a singular teacher in order to take advantage of specialist subject teachers.
Subject-based teachers are first introduced in Year 3, with pupils slowly decreasing the time they spend with their main class teacher. Subject professionals are used in all lessons from Year 4 onwards, including the mainstream subjects Maths and English, right through to Modern Foreign Languages and Music.
Painting a picture in art, playacting in drama and getting out of breath in PE – these are the activities you would expect your child to enjoy at any school. In addition to the mainstream subjects, we also broaden each pupil’s horizons with a wide variety of alternative subjects. These include Computing, in the school’s IT suite, Cookery, in the school’s bespoke kitchen, Music, in the brand new Lovett Building music room, Design Technology, complete with all of the tools and gadgets in the specialist workshop, and finally, French, German and Spanish in language classrooms.
By the time your son or daughter moves on at the end of Year 6, they will have already grasped the fundamentals of key senior school subjects, putting them ahead of the class and enabling them to build upon concrete foundations in 1st Year (Year 7).
Here at Truro School Prep we believe that class sizes should be kept small in order to truly treat every child as an individual.
Our maximum class sizes are 20 and our average class size is 16.
As part of our commitment to educating and developing the whole child, we recognise the importance of providing a wide range of co-curricular activities to appeal to every taste, talent and ability. Read more about our co-curricular opportunities in our beyond the classroom section.
“Pupils demonstrate a great depth of understanding across the curriculum. They possess a strong, secure knowledge in many subjects and are able to apply such knowledge extremely well.”
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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Curiosity to always want to discover and learn more, academically and more widely too.
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.
Compassion to understand and champion the needs of others, in our community and beyond.
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.
Confidence to build resilience by learning from both successes and failures alike.
Because we want every pupil to be comfortable in their own skin, celebrating the uniqueness of each individual in the school community. Through drama, presenting and public speaking opportunities, as well as appearing in productions and concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.
Creativity to be imaginative in how we express ourselves and approach new challenges.
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.
Courage to enjoy becoming the very best of who we are, with integrity and ambition.
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.