Meet our Headmistress

Truro High School for Girls has appointed a new Headmistress to lead the school as it prepares to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

Sarah Matthews joined Truro High in September 2018. She was previously acting Head of St Mary’s School in Shaftesbury and worked for Harrow International School in Hong Kong.

She says: “I am delighted to be joining such a vibrant and forward-thinking school that places the happiness of the students at the heart of the curriculum, ensuring the girls flourish in every way.”

Sarah moved to Cornwall last summer along with her husband Richard, nine year old daughter Ruby and seven year old son Henry. It is, she says, the tangible atmosphere of enthusiasm and pure unadulterated joy that has attracted her most to the school.

“When visiting the school I was inspired by the dynamic opportunities available to the girls, the passionate staff and the warm relationships between all. Truro High School is clearly ambitious for its students, emboldening the girls to have the confidence to aim high and know that anything is possible.

“I very much look forward to joining this wonderful community where girls are valued as individuals and thrive in a purposeful and supportive atmosphere.”

A Philosophy and Religious Studies teacher, Sarah is an avid reader, with a particular interest in anthropology, and also enjoys baking and hiking in her spare time.

Commenting on her appointment, Chair of Governors Anna Corbett said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sarah Matthews will soon be a part of the Truro High family. She shares our belief that ‘happy girls achieve’ and her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm helped her stand out in what was an incredibly strong field of applicants for the position of Head.”

“We look forward to working with Sarah over the coming months and years to cement Truro High School’s position as the highest ranked school in Cornwall for A levels and GCSEs and one of the top girls’ boarding schools in the whole of the UK.”

Mrs Matthews succeeds Dr Glenn Moodie who is leaving the school to take up a new role as Principal of one of the highest ranking schools in Malaysia – a post that takes him and his wife closer to their families in New Zealand.