Truro School

About Us

Truro School was established in 1880 and is a Methodist Foundation.  It is a co-educational day and boarding school for 750-800 students (90 are boarders) aged 11 – 18.  Our aim is to ensure that students get the best possible education and develop into confident, tolerant and enthusiastic young people who are ready to influence the world.

Boarding at Truro School
Located in Cornwall, in the south-west of England, we are 20 minutes’ drive from the beaches of the north and south coast and on the fringes of beautiful moorland and the coastal path. A safe and healthy environment in which all children thrive. Truro School Boarding offers a welcoming environment for international pupils. Around 50% of our boarders are British and our international students currently join us from over 15 different countries.  Boarders live in one of our four small boarding houses where they form friendships that last well beyond their school years. Truro School offers its international boarders:

  • An academically rigorous environment
  • A wide range of co-curricular activities
  • A wealth of pastoral care to get international students the results they need to move on to the next stage of their education and the life skills to prepare them for all that follows.

Educational Programmes
We offer GCSE and A level programmes, with the addition of a Pre-A Level course (designed for students who wish to accelerate their English skills and prepare for the demands of A Level study). In 2017 our results were:

  • At GCSE – 31% graded A*, 59% A*-A and 84% A*-B
  • At A level – 43% A*-A, 70% A*-B

English Language Support
Those for whom English is an additional language (EAL) are fully supported by our EAL specialist. To help establish their level of proficiency in English we use the Oxford Placement Test.

Beyond the Classroom
There is a vast array of co-curricular opportunities available to students:
Sport – First class facilities at the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre with fitness suite, squash courts, multi-court sports halls and dance studio. There is a separate swimming pool, fencing salle and all-weather pitch with boarders having access at evenings and weekends.

Music – A vibrant and busy music school offering music as a curriculum and co-curricular option. With over 60 concerts and ensembles throughout the year and opportunities to perform at many venues throughout the County and beyond.
Drama – With a 200 seat theatre, Truro School offers opportunities to learn with a working technical team and professional theatre company, producing numerous performances, big and small, throughout the year.

Art – Make use of Truro School’s own Art Gallery with an annual programme of exhibitions from external artists and take advantage of our link with Falmouth University.

Outdoor Pursuits – Take part in many opportunities to hike and camp in Cornwall’s beautiful countryside.

Pathways to University
Each student receives one-to-one advice about progression to universities in the UK or overseas and there is additional, tailor-made provision, for anyone wishing to apply to Oxford and Cambridge, or for Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science Courses.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. To develop academic excellence in each individual, encouraging them to explore and cultivate their abilities
  2. To inspire creativity, ignite imaginations and encourage pupils to develop their own way of thinking
  3. To forge pupil characters through challenges and opportunities developing students who respect others
  • Total Enrollment : 760
  • Type :
  • Boarding Grades : 7-12
  • Total Students : 760
  • Boarding Students : 90
  • Day Students : 670
  • ESL Offered : Yes
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  • Avg. Class Size : 20
  • Standard Application : Yes
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