Truro Prep School

Independent Prep School in Cornwall UK

Set in its own grounds with extensive sports fields, Truro Prep sits next to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Truro Golf Course.

Truro Prep School: ‘excellent’ in both assessment areas in latest inspection report (June 2017)


“I am delighted that Truro Prep was given the top grade possible in this recent inspection. The inspectors found us to be excellent in both areas, from the outstanding breadth and balance of the curriculum to the pupils being at the heart of everything that we do here.

The fact the children told the inspectors that ‘they see the school as being like one big happy family where all members of the community feel involved and valued’ is really heart-warming to hear.” – Sarah Patterson, Head of Truro Prep

You can view the latest inspection report in full below:

Welcome to Truro Prep School

Truro Prep offers an outstanding environment for our pupils to embrace all that life has to offer, to enable them to discover and cultivate their individual talents. We make full use of these first class facilities in our quest to develop healthy, happy and confident children.

We believe that the experiences in which pupils learn from outside of the classroom is equally as important as the teachings inside the classroom.

Specialist Subject Teachers

Between Years 3 and 6 pupils become less involved with a singular teacher in order to take advantage of specialist subject teachers, just like in a secondary school. Be it core subjects such as Mathematics and English, to more co-curricular provision such as PE and Drama, we provide specialist subject-based teachers because:

  • We believe that accredited subject teachers deliver better results.
  • Specialist teachers help to get the best out of pupils’ individual abilities.
  • Pupils can ask questions and experience a greater depth of learning.
  • It prepares pupils for life in secondary school.

The introduction of subject-based teachers is first introduced in Year 3 with pupils slowly decreasing the time they spend with their main class teacher. From Year 4 onwards, pupils fully adapt to subject-based teachers.

The Truro Prep Diploma – A Fresh Approach to Learning

Through the Truro Prep School Diploma, we aim to give each pupil who leaves the school at age 11 an outcome that reflects the broad curriculum they will have encountered throughout their time at the school and enable them to begin to understand their own abilities and strengths.

Informal Guided Tours

You are, of course, very welcome to visit the school at any time and meet the Head, Sarah Patterson, to discuss your child’s entry and to have a tour of the school.

For more information or to book a tour, please contact:

The Head’s PA/Admissions, Mrs Simone Weston on

01872 243 120

or email

First Class Facilities

Set in our own extensive grounds just next to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, we have high class facilities that pupils use on a day-to-day basis. Our facilities include:

  • Sports fields
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Dedicated music rooms
  • A design technology workshop
  • An outdoor classroom
  • Forest School
  • A teaching kitchen
  • A bespoke Art Room
  • A state of the art computer room
  • Student library
  • Indoor sports hall

Prep School News

Head's Blog

Prep Head’s Blog: 20 October 2017

It was lovely to come together as a school on Wednesday morning to celebrate this special time of year, to show our gratitude for the harvest and to focus on sharing our plenty with...
Head's Blog

Prep Head’s Blog: 13 October 2017

This half term, one of our new clubs, Language Club, is well underway. The term started with three members, one learning Italian and two learning Japanese. As the term has progressed, the club has now grown to five members as word is...
Head's Blog

Prep Head’s Blog: 6th October 2017

The School Council has met twice so far this term, and have represented the views of the children in Prep clearly and with great maturity. As a result of some of their discussions, we will be making further changes to our snacks at break times, providing more variety of fresh fruit and vegetables for all to enjoy. In addition, children have been voting as to what should be included in packed lunches to ensure they are as healthy and tasty as possible. The monitors have also been actively doing their duties over the past few weeks, supporting staff in making sure everything runs...
Latest News

Year 5 Bodmin Moor Walk: Tuesday 19th September 2017

In Year 5 the children are given the incredible opportunity of completing the discovery level of the John Muir Award. The award comprises of four areas: explore, discover, conserve and share their experiences of nature and wild...

Visit Us

There is no better way to experience Truro Pre-Prep and Truro Prep School than to come and see it for yourself: