At Truro School, pupils work to a more rounded ‘Prep Diploma’ curriculum. The Prep School Diploma broadens the foundations of the national curriculum by focusing not only on academic subjects, but also on developing your child as a well-rounded individual, teaching social skills, teamwork, self-esteem and respect for others.
We strongly believe that many of the less commonly assessed aspects of education are as important as the core academic subjects in the development of well-balanced, confident young people. The Diploma therefore reflects achievement in six broad areas of learning and experience:
Broadening the foundations of the national curriculum, the Prep School Diploma focuses on the specific areas of learning above 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. Each pupil’s achievements in the six areas are assessed and can, where above expectation, lead to the award of either a Merit or a Distinction.
This close monitoring of pupil progression ensures a continued and constant improvement throughout the individual’s time at the school.
We are delighted to have maintained excellent standards in literacy and numeracy in our most recent results. Taking reading as an example, over the last 12 months pupils have averaged a 17.45 month increase in reading age, 45% above the national standard.
The latest results show that Year 3 pupils have moved up into Year 4 with an average reading progress level of 17.4 months whilst spellings averaged 14.2 months. Additionally, pupils who have progressed into Year 5 attained a reading progress of 15.55 months, and in Year 6 the average progress was 19.4 months, all far exceeding the 12 month national standard.
Sarah Patterson, Head of Truro School Prep explains,
“It is wonderful to see the hard work of our pupils and teachers coming to fruition in this outstanding set of progress results. At Truro School Prep, the Prep Diploma expands and broadens the foundations of the national curriculum by allowing children to understand their own abilities and strengths, and develop them into balanced confident young adults. By conducting regular, formative assessments throughout their education, teachers are able to work closely with pupils, monitoring wellbeing as well as ensuring continued progress.”
Truro School Prep use GL Assessments, the leading provider of formative assessments not only to UK schools, but to overseas ministries and British, bilingual and international schools around the world, enabling them to benchmark their curriculum, track the impact of their teaching and measure pupil progress over the course of their prep school education.
Average Reading Progression
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, 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.
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.