At Truro School, outdoor pursuits is an integral part of the school life and there are opportunities for students from the 1st Year through to the Sixth Form to enjoy expeditions and other outdoor challenges.
Mike Cucknell is our dedicated Outdoor Pursuits Co-ordinator and together with his team, John Docherty and Cliff Flowers and the many staff and parent volunteers, there is hardly a weekend in the year which does not see a group from Truro School out in the great outdoors.
The school is recognised as a centre of excellence in the South West for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This is an optional but very popular program within the school and each year well over a hundred pupils achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Without a doubt, the pinnacle of the Award is the Gold expedition to Slovenia, where Lower Sixth students undertake their expedition with our link school, ably supported by the Slovenian Armed Forces. In return, our Slovenian guests join us in the Autumn Term of the Upper Sixth to undertake their Gold expedition on Dartmoor.
Younger students will have the opportunity to attend a day of team-building activities at Cornwall Outdoors along with other members of their year group. They will work together as a team, discovering that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and how to harness the best out of those involved. It enables our students to succeed and fail at activities throughout the day, yet come away feeling they know themselves better and have grown in confidence and skills. A great introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The school has an enviable reputation in the Ten Tors event. This annual event which is run by the Army and takes place on Dartmoor is a huge challenge for those that take part and one that stays with its participants for the rest of their lives. Students spend months in training with the outdoor pursuits team as they prepare themselves for either the 35, 45 or 55 mile challenges.
Our proximity to the South West Coastal Path, Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor makes access to training easy and ensures that the candidates have plenty of expedition time and are completely ready when the Ten Tors event takes place in May.
Truro School also takes part in the World Challenge award.
In 2015, 16 budding explorers tackled the tough terrain of Norway in an 11 day excursion. In 2016, a team of 5th Year- Upper Sixth students went to Ecuador.
In 2017 2 teams travelled to Croatia.
In 2018 a team of 5th Year – Upper Sixth students setting off for India.
In 2019 the team ventured to Morocco.
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.
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, debating and public speaking, as well as creating their own assemblies and appearing in 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.