Impressive write-up in Good Schools Guide
Former school principal and educational consultant Godfrey Bishop paid his visit in mid September, meeting staff, pupils and parents as part of his detailed assessment. Two reports were produced – one on the Prep School which he described as having a ‘nurturing atmosphere, caring and communicative staff who produce great results' and one on the Senior School.
In his summary, Mr Bishop writes: "Flying the flag for girls' education in Cornwall. Look beyond the exterior for a Cornish treasure that performs beyond expectations. Under its inspiring head looks set to raise its game across the board. ‘Small, family school with lovely relationships,' say parents. A ‘must visit' for those seeking an academically challenging yet emotionally nurturing environment for their daughters."
Academically, he says: "Teachers are committed to getting the best out of every pupil – parents and girls of all abilities appreciate this and the small class sizes allow miracles to happen. We noticed how the girls don't hold back in giving their views: no fear of censure by male peers here…Parents we spoke to all thought their daughters had improved by leaps and bounds academically since joining the school."
Extra curricula activities also come in for significant praise. "The school punches above its weight in most sports," says Mr Bishop. "Music is joint top dog here with loads playing instruments and singing," and "girls are keen on debating and participate in competitions…Large numbers take LAMDA qualifications."
Truro High Headmistress Caroline Pascoe welcomed the Good School Guide's comments.
"I never cease to be amazed by all that the pupils achieve and by the dedication and commitment of our excellent staff," she said. "The girls here really are given every opportunity to fulfil their potential – not just in terms of exam results but in art, music, drama, sport and other leisure activities too. I am very proud that our students leave us as mature, confident young adults who have all the qualifications and emotional attributes they need to do well on whatever future career path they take.
"The Guide's report reflects our own assessment of Truro High's strengths and is testament to the hard work and efforts that everyone involved puts into making this such an outstanding school."
The Good Schools Guide reviews both state and independent schools. For more information, visit www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk