Cornwall’s top girls’ independent school, Truro High recently unveiled exciting new plans for the future which will see it retaining its Church of England roots whilst joining the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST) group of schools.
The move has been welcomed by both the Bishop of Truro, The Rt. Revd. Tim Thornton, who is himself President of the Board of Truro High School’s Governors, and Rev. Steve Wild, Chair of Cornwall Methodist District and President of the Methodist Conference, who have issued a joint statement saying: “We welcome the news that the High School is joining MIST. This is a good move for the High School and for education in general in Truro.”
The Bishop of Truro, The Rt. Revd. Tim Thornton, added: “This gives us a confidence and it gives the School the ability to be part of a larger family of schools which focus on excellence in all aspects of life and from a Christian perspective it links in well in that encouraging every child to flourish is at the centre of everything that we do.”
“It makes obvious sense to me for schools which share Christian values to want to work together. The Christian faith is all about inter-dependence so this is about us working together, building on our strengths and making sure we are the best we can be.”
Rev. Steve Wild, Chair of Cornwall Methodist District and President of the Methodist Conference, said: “It’s good news because it is Christians working together. It matters in education and this school has a lot to offer. I personally have had a connection with the School for many years and in my opinion it is known for its very high standards and I am delighted that we will now be a part of it.
The move places Truro High School in a very strong position to achieve its ambitious plans for the future with MIST’s support ensuring that it remains financially secure; facilitating longer term strategic development and enabling the School to continue to deliver the highest standards of girls-only education for the pupils.
Headmaster, Dr Glenn Moodie, said: “Joining MIST will help the School secure a position of even greater strength. The School, its pupils and staff will gain significantly from being a part of a nationwide group of schools, all with excellent reputations in their local areas. Teachers and support staff will benefit from sharing of expertise as well as accessing a greater pool for professional development. There will also be significant cost efficiencies, through greater purchasing power; shared administration fees and insurances the School will see considerable benefit across the board.”
The announcement comes at the end of an exciting few months for the School which have seen it awarded a gold award by the Good Schools Guide and listed in the Telegraph’s Top 200 Independent Schools in Britain for GCSE results – the highest ranking achieved by an independent school in Cornwall.