29 October 2008 / Truro High School Shows How Much It Has To Offer
The science labs were set up with simple experiments for visitors to try and there were quizzes, games, activities and displays to represent every subject taught.
Sally Hosking, from Truro, was sampling the Truro High experience with her daughter Sophie and was full of compliments.
She said: "The feeling is that there is a real nurturing environment here. The staff clearly know the pupils and equally clearly respect them. This is exactly what I want for my daughter."
David and Helen Laity already have a daughter, Brittany, at Truro High but brought their youngest daughter, Diani to look around.
David said: "We are so happy with this school. You walk in and immediately feel the relaxed atmosphere and everyone is so approachable. We already know how excellent the teaching is here because of Brittany and we want that for Diani too.
"Our only worry is that we have two younger sons and obviously they can't come here. We want to give them the same opportunities as our girls but we feel there is nothing to compare with Truro High School in this county and we are very concerned for them."
Many visitors had to look twice at a group of Year 10 pupils all of whom were carrying model babies in baby carriers. It was part of their PSHE (personal social and health education) and was intended to deter teenage pregnancy. When questioned by visitors about what they were doing the girls' reaction to the task showed it was working.
"It's driving me crazy," said Julia, "I want to go on the trampoline but you can't just take the baby off and leave it. We've got to look after them for three nights and two days at the end of the summer term, I'm not looking forward to that."
During the evening the school's new Headmistress, Jane Abbotts, addressed the visitors saying: "We are a highly successful specialist school - we specialise in educating girls. Each girl benefits from small classes and an education tailored to her needs.
"We are confident that should your daughter come to this school you will have the joy of seeing her thrive and develop into an assured, well qualified and positive young woman who has made lasting friendships and enjoyed her school life to the full."
All those who attended the evening were invited to visit again during a normal working day. They were also offered a free taster day at the school for their daughter - giving her an opportunity to take part in lessons and really find out what the school is like. As Mrs Abbotts explained, taster days also help prospective pupils to become familiar with their surroundings - something that helps when they take the entrance test that is due to take place in the school on Saturday, January 24.