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Prep School Diploma

Prep School Diploma

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:

  • Core Academic Subjects (English, Maths, Science)
  • Humanities (Geography, History and Religious Education)
  • Performing Arts (Music and Drama)
  • Creative Arts (Design Technology and Art)
  • Sport and Outdoor Activity
  • Life-Skills (ICT, Foreign Languages, Cooking and First Aid
Award Assessment

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.

Excellent progression standards in literacy and numeracy

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

45%
Above the National Average
The Truro School Identity

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.