Educating and developing the whole person

As part of our commitment to educating and developing the whole person, we recognise the importance of providing a wide range of co-curricular activities throughout the school week. Combined with our academic curriculum, our varied co-curricular programme ensures that students thrive through a holistic and balanced education, giving them the opportunities to try, participate or excel in whatever talent or gift they would like to pursue. In fact, our experience is that students learn almost as much outside the classroom as they do inside.

At Truro School, the opportunities are plentiful. There are over 100 clubs on offer before school, after school and at lunchtimes from Monday to Friday and every Wednesday afternoon our standard timetable ends and students can pick from over 25 different opportunities. The list of activities changes from term to term but offers something for every individual and represents a key part of our education “beyond the classroom”. The healthy mix of ages contributes towards a warm and sociable school community throughout the year groups. The activities allow 1st Years to feel at ease in their new environment whilst empowering older students to practise leadership skills under the guidance of teachers.

We believe that a rich co-curricular life is the key ingredient to aiding character development in our students. Whilst having fun, participating in a wide range of activities, without academic pressures, students can broaden their horizons and learn a new skill or extend existing skills. This in turn develops their confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and independent-thinking, communication skills and social development across all year groups.

Our aim is for every Truro School student to leave us with a breadth of knowledge, understanding and a desire to continue with their selected passion. We encourage students to try a variety of activities, to embrace challenge, success and failure in order to grow.

All students are encouraged to participate in Clubs and Activities each week alongside their academic studies and Wednesday Afternoon Activity. Clubs and Activities are available before school, at lunchtimes, after school and selected activities at weekends. Students will discuss their choices with their form tutor to ensure breadth and balance are achieved, Misocs (a world leading management information tracking system) will be used to track engagement and attendance.

Although most pupils will exceed these expectations, the following guidelines will apply:

All pupils in the 1st – 3rd Year will participate in a minimum of three Co-Curricular Activities each week, from two different categories.
All pupils in the 4th – 5th Year will participate in a minimum of two Co-Curricular Activities each week.

Sixth Form pupils will participate in a minimum of one Co-Curricular Activity each week.

All pupils are encouraged to strike a balance between Sport, Music, Drama, Academic enrichment and Supra-curricular.
Pupils will have at least two different Wednesday Afternoon Activities throughout the year, ideally three; the majority of pupils will not be permitted to undertake the same Wednesday Activity in all three terms of the year. Note: Academic clinics will not be part of the minimum expectation for each pupil’s co-curriculum expectation.

Zoe Jobling, Director of Co-curricular

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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