Mission, Values and Ethos

Our philosophy is that stimulated children will thrive and develop a lifelong love of learning. It is for this reason that we base our teaching around providing a proper childhood, where learning takes place both in and outside of the classroom.

Education at Truro School Prep is brimming with exciting cultural outings and visits that enhance every child’s learning experience. We seek to take advantage of the beauty and variety that Cornwall provides at every opportunity.

Underpinned by Christian values, Truro School aspires to be a place of trust and respect where teachers take an active interest in the intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development of every pupil and student.


To develop individual academic 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 their 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.


To develop 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, debating and public speaking, as well as creating their own assemblies and appearing in concerts, pupils learn key communication skills and gain the confidence to prosper in the real world.


To forge pupil characters 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.


To develop 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.


To encourage 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.

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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