Truro School students should take every opportunity they get. We often joke that we will do less work in our future jobs, but when you hear that applause, or get the trophy, or see a rocket fly off, or win the prime ministerial election (as I so nearly did), it is definitely worth it.”
Truro School is big. Really big. But, you get used to it very quickly.
When it comes to settling in, the school is great. I was really thrown in the deep end when I was involved in the school production of Sweeney Todd. I knew nobody at the school before I arrived and the play was a great way to meet people. My form tutor, Dr Spring, also helped me settle in, guiding me through the many processes and finding my planner on numerous occasions. I paid him back by successfully defeating him in countless battles in wargaming.
The sixth formers are so helpful and kind, they help you with any problem you have – they’ve probably had those problems before. I have friends from all year groups and all of my teachers, past and present, have been very supportive in all areas of school life.
The most important area of school is co-curricular activities. I have done astronomy, a keen area of interest for me. I have done public speaking and LAMDA, a great way to continue acting. I have been in all the plays I can; I am a full member of the drama family. I have hosted the Hall for Cornwall concert, and I also play percussion of all types. The music scene at Truro school is a diverse mix of some of the best music in the country-we hear Mozart sung by the choir as we come into school, and I play Duke Ellington with Mr Harrison in the evenings.
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.