Drama is an integral part of the fabric of Truro School life. Students learn core drama skills: vocal projection and articulation, spatial and body awareness, through to studying plays and the characters, stories and themes contained within the plays. Students learn not only about themselves and what makes them ‘tick’, but about the world around them and how the arts explore and comment on the world. The process involved in putting on a play teaches a student the invaluable life skills of creativity, adaptability, compromise, collaboration and self-confidence.
The school runs a number of major productions throughout the year including the annual whole school play or musical, an annual sixth form drama project (including performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every two years) and the junior play in the summer term.
If your child loves the stage then they will feel right at home in our 200-seat Burrell Theatre. Fully equipped with a sound and lighting rig, it is a magnet for touring production companies. What could be more inspiring than standing on the same stage as the professionals?
The school’s facilities provide a home to our theatre company in residence, Cube Theatre, allowing aspiring drama students to work with a professional company. Over 25 pupils have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Cube Theatre in the last 3 years.
Pupils will have a chance to work with Mr Kearey,Technical Resources Manager, to learn technical skills relating to theatre sound, lighting and stage management, leading to involvement in the technical delivery of school events and productions.
Pupils will also have the opportunity to use our Outside Broadcast Truck and learn technical skills related to live television production. Truro School Live is a project run by the Tech Team, using the truck to live stream school events to friends and family all over the world.
During LAMDA Speech & Drama classes, students are prepared for examinations in one of the following disciplines: Speaking Verse & Prose, Public Speaking, Acting, Musical Theatre and Mime.
LAMDA exams run from Grade 1 to 8, like music grades. Students also perform a selection of their exam pieces each year in the Burrell Theatre.
Drama Scholarships are available to candidates entering Truro School at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Please visit our Drama Scholarship page for more information.
Although drama is not a curriculum subject in the first two years, there is no shortage of opportunities for those with theatrical leanings. Each year there is a junior play in the summer term, and, in the first two terms, drama can be taken as a Wednesday afternoon activity.
In collaboration with the English Department, a Shakespeare Festival is held for all 2nd Year students. During this event, every member of the year group performs on stage in a Shakespeare-focused dramatic presentation.
Drama GCSE can be taken as an option in the third year.
A-Level Drama offers students the opportunity to explore a range of inspirational set texts, create their own work and develop their performance skills to a significantly high level. You can read more about our A-Level Drama course in our Sixth Form Guide.
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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, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.
DEVELOPING INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE AT EVERY LEVEL
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.
To inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and help each pupil to find and fully develop his or her talents.
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.
DEVELOPING PUPILS WHO ARE AT EASE WITH THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER
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.
To forge pupil characters and ambition through challenges and opportunities.
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.
DEVELOPING STUDENTS WHO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE AND THE WORLD AROUND THEM
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.
ENCOURAGING PUPILS TO DEVELOP THEIR OWN WAY OF THINKING
Because we encourage pupils towards a personally developed life philosophy. Underlying all that we do is a solid foundation based on the ethos and values of Christianity. We nurture and challenge each individual child in a caring environment that is inclusive, enjoys the diversity within our School Community and beyond, and supports a genuine desire to question what we see and what we know.