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
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.