Truro School,特鲁罗中学，特鲁罗学校 Trennick Lane, Truro,
Cornwall TR1 1TH
Tel: 01872 272763 Fax: 01872 223431
• CO-ED, 11–18, Day & Boarding
• Pupils 817, Upper sixth 119
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Founded in 1880 by Cornish Methodists, it stands on a fine 50-acre site
overlooking the cathedral and the Fal estuary. It has strong roots in the county
and is its only HMC school. Ample facilities include on-site playing fields,
astro-turf pitch, sports halls, IT and CDT centres, a pottery, drama centre and
theatre; a modern languages centre has recently opened. A Methodist school,
aiming to ensure that Christian values permeate school life, it regards parents
as partners in educating children, especially in the moral and spiritual
components of school life. It is now fully co-educational, having admitted girls
throughout the school since 1991. Examination results are very good. Music is
strong (several recent prize winners at the Cornwall Music Festival). Sport is
very successful: pupils are frequently in the national sailing squads and there
are regular national, regional and county honours in a number of sports. A
strong emphasis on outdoor education, making full use of the sea, cliffs and
moorland of the West Country. Strong participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 817 pupils, 732 day (450 boys, 282
girls), 85 boarding (48 boys, 37 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 16. Own exam used; for sixth-form entry,
minimum of 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). No special
religious or other requirements. 70% of main intake from state schools (plus
some to sixth form); 30% from own prep (enquiries to the Headmaster, Treliske
Prep School, tel 01872 272616).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships for about 10% pupils,
value 10%–25% fees (occasionally more but means-tested): academic, art, music
awarded at 11 and 16. Small number of school funded assisted places. Average
extras £10–£20 per term.
Parents 15% are doctors, lawyers etc; 15% self-employed or in the
holiday industry. 60+% live within 30 miles, under 10% live overseas.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Paul K Smith, in post from 2001. Educated at Aylesbury
Grammar School and universities of Cambridge (geography) and Bath (educational
management). Previously Headmaster of Oswestry and Deputy Head of Royal Grammar,
Worcester. Also FRGS and FRSA.
Teaching staff: 60 full time, 24 part time. Annual turnover 4%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 116 pupils in fifth form: 91% gained at least grade C in
8+ subjects; 9% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 119 in upper sixth: 4% passed in 4+ subjects; 91% in 3; 5% in
2. Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 338.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (20% after a gap year), 7% to Oxbridge. 25% took courses in
science, engineering & medicine, 35% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in art
& design, 28% in other courses eg vocational or combined subjects. Others
typically go into the armed services or art foundation courses.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 18 GCSE subjects, 19 AS/A-level.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies taught but not examined. 30% take science A-levels; 40%
arts/humanities; 30% both. Key skills: ICT taught as discrete unit (ECDL).
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: Special needs unit with specialist part-time staff.
Languages: French, German (both compulsory) and Spanish offered to GCSE,
AS and A-level. Regular exchanges.
ICT: Taught both across the curriculum and as a discrete subject (1
lesson/week in Years 7–9). 125 computers for pupil use (10 hours a day),
majority networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: Up to 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 13 musical groups including brass, string and wind ensembles,
chamber groups, choirs, jazz and wind orchestras, jazz singing, orchestra.
Several recent prizewinners at Cornwall Music Festival.
Drama: Drama offered; LAMDA exams may be taken. Many pupils involved in
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 20 A-level. Design and pottery
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, soccer or hockey, cricket compulsory for boys; netball,
tennis, hockey for girls; athletics, swimming, gymnastics, badminton,
basketball, netball, rounders, tennis for both boys and girls, at some stage.
Optional: trampolining, squash, volleyball, rifle-shooting, cross-country,
aerobics, climbing. GCSE & A-level PE, RLSS and RYA exams may be taken. County
and regional honours every year in rugby, soccer, hockey, cricket, athletics,
netball, swimming; pupils in national sailing squads (Optimist and Laser
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
(180 pupils involved). Community service optional. Over 30 clubs, eg Young
Enterprise, chess, digital photography, war-gaming, dance.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head of house and house
prefects, appointed by Head after wide consultation including with sixth form.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: French, German and Spanish exchange. Pupils may be allowed to
bring own car, bike or motorbike. Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or
Discipline Depending on the individual circumstances, pupils failing
to produce homework once could expect a warning (detention if repeated); those
caught smoking cannabis on the premises would lose their right to be in the
school – possible readmission subject to random testing.
Boarding 10% have own study bedrooms; 90% share (2–5). Single-sex
houses, divided by age. Resident qualified nurse. Sixth formers can provide and
cook own food. No limit to number of exeats. Visits to the local town allowed,
increasing freedom with age.
Former pupils Roger Taylor (drummer in Queen), Robert Shaw (film
actor), Nigel Terry (Shakespearean actor), Ben Ainslie (Olympic gold medallist,