Starting a new school can be a little daunting for any child. We enable a smooth transition by running a number of activities in the summer term for new starters. This means that your son or daughter can make new friends in a more relaxed atmosphere before they start the academic year at Truro School Prep.
Taster days are also available throughout the year, allowing your child to dip their toes in the water before jumping straight in. A typical taster day will shadow a normal day’s timetable. This is likely to include at least one core subject alongside a range of lessons in PE, art, music or drama.
Your child will be buddied with a peer pupil who will guide them through the day’s activities, keeping them company at break and lunch times and showing them around the school grounds.
During their time at Truro School Prep, pupils learn more about the world through our Personal, Social and Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) programme. The various year groups learn age-relevant information about topics such as relationships, how to keep safe when using IT, and what to do if a classmate looks unhappy. Topics are further reinforced with themed assemblies, visiting sessions, day excursions and residential trips in Years 4, 5 and 6.
On top of our PSHEE programme, we hold a weekly pastoral care meeting for our staff to make sure all are regularly updated on the needs of each and every child. The school chaplain holds regular 1:1 sessions with pupils where required and a school counsellor is on hand for additional support if needed.
We operate an open door policy for parents and offer arranged appointment evenings to give academic and pastoral feedback. Parents are always welcome to come in to talk through any concerns in detail. Points of contact include the Pastoral Care Coordinator, your child’s form tutor and the Head of Prep.
There are also weekly parents’ coffee mornings held after drop off time – an opportunity to mix with other parents and get involved in the active Friends of Truro School events throughout the year.
“Happiness plays a fundamental role in enjoying a proper childhood. It is for this reason that my team and I are here to make sure that the welfare of your child is monitored each and every day. I look forward to meeting you in the near future to discuss your child’s seamless introduction to Truro School Prep.”
Maggie Issaka, Head of Pastoral Care
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.