Some of the best lessons can come from the outdoors, and we are determined to take advantage of our wonderful environment.
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.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
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.
Minions is our very own outdoor pursuits centre based on Bodmin Moor in the village of Minions. It is mostly used by our 1st and 2nd Years as an opportunity to learn more about the world around them whilst getting to know each other better.
Through a series of activities and walks the students start to 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.
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- U6 students went to Ecuador. In 2017 2 teams travelled to Croatia.
2018 will see a team of 5th- U6 students setting off for India.
Outdoor Pursuits – Parents’ Area
All of the information regarding outdoor pursuits is now available on the school’s moodle network.