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.
A key benefit of small class sizes that cannot be overstated is the positive impact on teacher and pupil relationships. As your child settles in, our teachers will find out how your son or daughter learns best, pinpointing their strengths and helping them overcome challenges. Regular individualised feedback and support makes possible the setting of realistic goals for academic improvement, as well as wider, personal development.
Our creative curriculum is centred on the individual so that your son or daughter can develop at a pace suited to their ability. Even greater emphasis is placed on our attentive approach to teaching in the core subjects of Maths and English. Class sizes in these subjects are often broken down into smaller sets in Years 4-6, ensuring that each child receives the individualised support he or she needs – whether that means increasing the pace and extending further or slowing down and consolidating previous learning.
At Truro School, pupils work to a more rounded ‘Prep School Diploma’ curriculum. Broadening the foundations of the national curriculum, the Prep Diploma focuses on six specific areas of learning including foreign languages, creative and performing arts, cooking and humanities as well as the core academic subjects. This widening of curriculum allows a more holistic approach to primary education, with pupils assessed throughout their daily activities as well as organised activity days during their final year at the Prep School. This close monitoring of pupil progression ensures a continued and constant improvement throughout the individual’s time at the school.
Small class sizes are also essential in creating a highly stimulating learning environment, one that is conducive to intrigue. It is not uncommon for children to ask the questions we, as adults, often fail to think of. Truro School Prep is characterised by being a place where pupils can put their hands up, ask questions and receive detailed answers from dedicated teachers who have the time to inspire every child, delivering a greater depth of learning.
“Pupils’ learning and progress is supported by the rigorous and thorough systems in place for monitoring and tracking pupil achievement that are used effectively by staff to tailor their teaching to pupils’ needs.”