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School Archive

Founded in 1880, Truro School is steeped in over 130 years of history, which can be truly fascinating to look back on.

The School Archive is brimming with photographs and old school publications documenting the years since the first time the school bell rang. Scroll down and click on the links below to see various items from the archive.

The Truro School Sports Hall

Charting the development of the school’s sports halls.

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Truro School and the Rugby World Cup

Profile of John Kendall Carpenter (TS 1939–1943).

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Spirit of Truro School takes to the skies

School Plane – Spirit of Truro

The Truro School plane, Spirit of Truro, named by Prince Charles in 1980. Created in 2009 as part of the Archive Awareness Campaign ‘Take Flight’.

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The EQV 1916

Transcription of a hand-written magazine produced by pupils during WWI.

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The Opie Shield

The House Competition which began in the 1920s, named after the school’s matron Emma Opie.

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The School Houses

Smith, Vinter, School and Wickett were introduced as school houses in 1921.

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The School Song

Esse Quam Videri was first sung at Speech Day in December 1909.

Words by J.W. Hunkin (TS 1899–1903), later Bishop of Truro, and music by R.K. Vinter, brother of headmaster H.W. Vinter (TS 1883–1921).

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Truro School Timeline

A quick look through the history of the school

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The Origins of Truro School

Created back in 2010 to mark 130 years since the school opened.

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100 WW1 stories

Stories and images of 100 former pupils involved in WW1, mainly from the school magazines and school team photos.

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War Memorials in the School Chapel

Photos and brief descriptions of the memorials. (More information about people named available from the School Archive).

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 and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.