At Truro School, outdoor education 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.
Overseen by our dedicated Outdoor Pursuits Co-ordinator, together with his team, 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.
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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.