Students and staff at Truro School have this week been celebrating the news that they have been named in the top 20 independent sport schools across Britain.
The annual rankings, published by School Sport magazine, take into account school performance in over 120 national competitions covering 20 different sports.
The latest results have seen Truro School climb up the rankings into 20th position, up from 33rd position in the previous year. The school have beaten off more than 3000 other schools in Britain to reach the new position
Graham Whitmore, Director of Sport at Truro School, said:
‘We are delighted to see the school recognised as a hub for sporting excellence. This accolade is a reflection of the wealth of talent and commitment displayed by students and coaching staff at the school. The school is blessed with a team of outstanding coaches across a range of sports and they have been inspirational in maximising the potential of our youngsters, many of whom have progressed to national honours in their chosen sports’
Recent sporting achievements across many disciplines have earned the school this well-deserved reputation for excellence at a national level. In 2014 the junior boys’ cross country team were placed 11th in the National Finals, whilst the junior boys’ swimming team competed in the national finals at the Olympic Park in London, finishing in a creditable 15th place. The Under 13 girls’ cricket team reached the semi-final of the national cup and the Under 13 netball team reached the last 16 of their national competition.
Phil Tusler, publishing editor of School Sport Magazine, said:
‘This has been a remarkable year for competitive sport in schools and Truro School deserve their achievement. Congratulations to the pupils involved and the work of the school’s sports department especially.’
The school has also gained recognition at senior level with the Under 18 rugby team reaching the last 16 of the NatWest national cup and the school’s sabre team cementing Truro as the leading school in the country as they won the Public Schools Fencing Championships. The Under 15 football team also reached the last 16 of the Independent Schools Cup.
Mr Tusler continued:
‘The list unashamedly reflects and celebrates competitive achievement in a range of sports and honours those schools that take competition especially seriously. It should also nail the myth once and for all that competitive sport in schools is a dirty word.’
One in four students at Truro School perform at county level or higher in one or more sports and over 20 athletes gained international representative honours last year in rugby, fencing, football, athletics, hockey and surfing.