Our School is a welcoming community in which children and adults can flourish, thrive and be happy.
Our motto is Esse Quam Videri, meaning ‘to be, rather than to seem to be.’
Founded by Methodists in Cornwall in 1880 our School is a welcoming community in which children and adults can flourish, thrive and be happy. They enjoy being and becoming the very best of themselves.
From Nursery through to Sixth Form, the values our community nurtures are:
· Curiosity to always want to discover and learn more, academically and more widely too.
· Confidence to build resilience by learning from both successes and failures alike.
· Compassion to understand and champion the needs of others, in our community and beyond.
· Creativity to be imaginative in how we express ourselves and approach new challenges.
· Courage to enjoy becoming the very best of who we are, with integrity and ambition.
To be a community of inclusion and excellence delivering the best educational journey in the South-West.
Our community and its culture reflect our Methodist foundation and our ongoing evolution in an inspiring Cornish setting. In an ever-changing world, we support and challenge young people to thrive – personally, spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. We value our pupils in the diversity of their identities, beliefs, abilities, talents, interests, backgrounds, and needs.
The happiness, energy and wellbeing of our community shapes and inspires who we are and who we can become.
Truro School is a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST). The MIST mission statement can be found on our website
Truro School Chapel is a quiet space within busy school life, providing a sanctuary for reflection and thought.
On the one hand the Chapel reminds the community of its history and its Methodist roots. The Foundation Stone was laid on the 8th June 1927 by the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall. The memorial plaques from the First and Second World Wars and Boer War honour those who fell during those conflicts.
On the other hand, the Chapel also provides opportunities for spiritual expression through music. A magnificent new organ has recently been installed, alongside a Steinway Grand piano. Music means different things to different people and our Chapel frequently comes alive with songs and compositions from passionate musicians throughout the school.
Rev Aubin de Gruchy is an ordained Methodist minister who moved from South Africa with his family to the United Kingdom and Truro School in 2002. He is a keen sportsman and coaches the mighty Under 13 football side. He is also a keen canoeist.
At school his responsibilities include teaching Religious Education in both the Prep and Senior School, organising and leading chapel, boarders’ and communion services, Christian Union groups, confirmation classes and other support groups. He has been involved with training pupils in the ACHE peer mentoring scheme and is available to staff and pupils in a pastoral capacity. He has recently qualified as a Mental Health First Aid Youth Instructor and continues to run courses for staff and, when time allows, outside groups. He has completed training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is a qualified Reality Therapist (William Glasser International – accredited by the European Association for Psychotherapy.)
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.