We aim to inspire a life-long interest in learning, equipping pupils with the essential skills to tackle the future with confidence and a degree of independence, and to succeed in whatever careers they choose.
We also believe that pupils’ abilities are not fixed and that as they progress through their schooling, they will all grow and develop intellectually and discover new talents. A balanced education is provided which includes creative, cultural, spiritual and sporting dimensions alongside academic rigour. As they progress through the school, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop good social skills, confidence and leadership qualities.
The school has extensive computer facilities and the use of ICT is integrated fully into teaching and learning. All academic departments have Virtual Learning Environments accessible from both within the school and from home. These provide pupils with many electronic resources to help support teaching and provide opportunities for personalised learning.
With active learning and differentiated approaches to teaching, all pupils are engaged as much as possible in developing the skills and confidence necessary to help them become truly independent and creative thinkers.
Approaches to learning are as important as attainment, and subject teachers report on attitude in lessons, independent study and organisation. Frequent reports help form the basis of target setting, and we encourage pupils to have a personal sense of responsibility and engagement in the learning process.
At Truro School you can rest assured that we have excellent teaching staff; inspectors recently recognised our talented and dedicated teachers by awarding us ‘Double Excellent’ status, the top grades possible.
Set in the heart of the school, The Dodd Library is a welcoming environment where pupils and staff can study, research, collaborate or read.
In our light-filled space that maximises a beautiful picture window, we have created different study areas to meet the needs of pupils and staff. Divided into junior and senior areas, both fiction and non-fiction are easily accessible with displays, advice and recommendations to persuade even the most reluctant reader to pick up a book.
Staffed by a team of friendly, knowledgeable and well-qualified librarians, help is always on hand for advice on reading and research. Stocked with journals, newspapers, audible books, DVDs and CDs and online resources, there any many routes to enrich pupils’ learning experiences.
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.