Frequently Asked Questions
There is much to consider when choosing a school for your daughter and here are the answers to some of the questions we are asked most frequently.
Why choose an independent school?
An independent education is an investment in your daughter’s future. The opportunities and individual attention she will receive will help her grow in confidence and to develop the skills and resilience she will need to thrive.
Our specialist teachers will unlock a world of learning in a huge range of subjects from Chemistry and Physics to History, Latin, Art, Textiles and Food and Nutrition. Our facilities include a theatre, five science laboratories, an engineering workshop, a solar observatory and swimming pool, not forgetting a Creative and Performing Arts department with degree-level technology. Alongside this, your daughter will be encouraged to try lots of new things through our extra-curricular programme.
Our Future Ready programme will prepare her for life with enterprise opportunities, practical work experience, life skills and access to our vast network of contacts and former pupils who will be there to guide and support her on her journey.
How much does it cost?
Per term, our day fees are £2667 in Reception, £2833 in Prep 1, £3000 in Prep 2, £4451 in Prep School, £4748 in Senior. This includes all text books, free wrap-around care from 8am to 6pm, a delicious lunch and access to our extra-curricular programme of clubs and workshops.
Are there lots of hidden extras?
The simple answer is no. The vast majority of our clubs are included with the fees and there are only a couple that carry an additional cost such as ballet and sailing. School trips, like skiing and language exchanges, are extra but are entirely optional. Some pupils will go on lots of trips others may never go on any.
What kind of clubs are there and when do they take place?
We have around 60 clubs on offer in the senior school each term plus about 25 in Prep School. The clubs take place at lunchtime and also after school from 4pm to 5pm. The range is broad and diverse with everything from yoga, dance and basketball through to Greenpower engineering, creative writing, astronomy and photography.
Senior girls can also attend the lectures and workshops run by our Aspiring programmes for medics, engineers and lawyers.
It is worth remembering that the girls can swim at school and also try tap, contemporary, lyrical and street dance at no additional cost. We hope that by offering these clubs in school, you won’t have to sign up for extra classes outside of school at the weekend. Only our ballet class run by an external ballet teacher carries an additional charge.
My daughter may need to use public transport to get to school. Can you help?
Yes, we have school buses covering routes to and from Wadebridge, St Austell, Penzance (via Helston) and Newquay (via St Agnes) each day. We also offer a shuttle service to and from Truro Railway Station. All our buses are timed to ensure the girls still have time to take part in after school clubs.
My working hours sometimes vary. Is this a problem?
Not at all. We have staff on duty to look after the girls from 8am in the morning. If you need to drop off before this time, your daughter can be looked after in the boarding house where, for a small charge, she can even have breakfast. After school we have clubs including supervised prep (homework) until 6pm. If you are delayed after 6pm, your daughter will be cared for in the boarding house until you arrive.
My daughter is a bit of a fussy eater. Will she like the food?
Our school lunches are fantastic. Every day there is a choice of two or three different hot meals including at least one vegetarian choice. We always have a full salad bar with baked potatoes plus homemade soup and freshly baked bread. Puddings range from old favourites like jelly and ice cream to fresh fruit pavlova and chocolate waffles. Our allergens counter will ensure any girls with specific dietary requirements always have something delicious to eat.
It all sounds fantastic. What do I do next?
The most important thing is to come and see it for yourself. Take a bit of time to look around the school and picture your daughter taking part in all the things we do.
Mrs Jo Norriss is our Registrar and can answer any questions you may have – no matter how big or small. Jo is also the person to organise a tour or taster day for you so please do not hesitate to give her a call on 01872 242902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org