Truro High School is Cornwall's leading independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 to 18. Outstanding academic results are complemented by small classes, great facilities and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Located in the heart of Cornwall s cathedral city and close to the beaches, Truro High provides girls with a happy, healthy and confident start in life.
Truro High appoints top international educationalist as new Head of Prep
The principal of a top international school in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been appointed as the new Head of Truro High Prep.
15th May 2020 — The principal of a top international school in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been appointed as the new Head of Truro High Prep.
Katie Hinks is an experienced Head Teacher as well as being a published author. She will move to Cornwall this summer with her husband and young twins to take up her position at Truro High which is one of the country’s leading girls’ schools.
Katie said: “I am incredibly excited to take up the position of Head of Prep at THS. The school's philosophy is closely aligned to my own: I firmly believe that children learn best when they are in a nurturing environment, where their happiness is highly valued. The exciting and dynamic curriculum and the breadth of opportunities offered to the girls at THS is impressive and I cannot wait to be a part of it!”
During her six years as Principal, Katie has more than doubled the size of her current school and firmly believes in providing a rich curriculum and instilling a love of learning and enquiry.
She said: “I am passionate about ensuring that the needs of all children are met: always ensuring that an appropriate level of challenge is in place to enable every individual to achieve their very best. Integrity and fairness are at the centre of all I do. Positive relationships and a sense of empathy, underpinned by a guiding principle, which is centred around the very best interests of the children, are at the core of my educational philosophy.”
After 13 years in the British West Indies, Katie is looking forward to returning to the UK and will move to Cornwall over the summer with her husband and 4-year-old twins. In her spare time, Katie loves swimming, paddleboarding and boating and will also be looking to join a local book group. She is herself a published author having spent two years producing a book about the Turks and Caicos Islands after realising there was nothing available to teach her pupils about the island where they lived.
Truro High Headmistress Sarah Matthews welcomed Katie, saying: “We are tremendously excited to have such a fantastic, forward-thinking and experienced, practitioner joining us. THS always attracts a strong field of educators wishing to work with our motivated and well-mannered students and this round of recruitment was no different. Katie’s energy, enthusiasm, creativity and dedication to valuing and nurturing the children as individuals made her the perfect choice to lead our thriving Prep School.”
Katie takes over as Head of Prep from Annabel Ramsey who is bidding a fond farewell to the school in order to fulfil a long-held ambition to travel the world with her husband-to-be.
Truro High Prep is a sought-after school for girls aged 4 to 11 and shares the same site as the senior school which is nationally recognised as a leader in girls’ education.
THS becomes first school in SW and 2nd in UK to use leading wellbeing platform
THS has become the first school in the South West, and the second in the UK, to use the new wellbeing platform ‘Flourishing at School’ which enables pupils to understand and maintain positive mental health.
13th May 2020 — Truro High School has become the first school in the South West, and the second in the UK, to use the new wellbeing platform ‘Flourishing at School’ which enables pupils to understand and maintain positive mental health.
The programme is based on leading psychologist Martin Seligman’s work on PERMA (Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishments) and has already proven incredibly successful in Australia.
Rather than seeking to identify those who are distressed, or potentially “at risk”, this innovative programme takes this positive psychology approach to help students develop the ‘pillars’ of good mental health to stay well and optimise quality of life.
Through surveys and regular check-ins, it aims to identify top contributors to each girl's wellbeing. The results will inform each student’s individualised pastoral care plan as well as conversations between girls and their tutors focussed on the development of wellbeing knowledge and behaviours.
Deputy Head, Miss Deb Freeman said: “This platform gives us an additional layer to the existing excellent pastoral support we already offer at Truro High School. It gives the girls the opportunity to take responsibility for their own wellbeing as they can see which aspects of need to be improved. The programme gives them personalised feedback but also gives us an understanding about what areas we need to focus on in PSHE lessons to support the girls."
In response to the move the school has made to online learning, THS has now included the option for students to complete daily 30-second wellbeing checks to identify areas of concern due to their changed circumstances and possible solutions.
Miss Freeman continued: "The new wellbeing check-in will help the girls to track their mood so they can put strategies in place to help to keep them healthy and happy so they are able to flourish. This programme is especially important now as they do not have the usual support they would have from their teachers and friends and if they are able to identify what is causing any anxiety, they can use the resources to help them through any difficult times. It also signposts them to people in the school that can help them."
THS launches pre-A Level and pre-university Academic Enrichment Programme
Truro High School is launching an Academic Enrichment Programme for students in Year 11 and Year 13 in order to best prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead at A Level and Undergraduate study.
13th May 2020 — Truro High School is launching an Academic Enrichment Programme for students in Year 11 and Year 13 in order to best prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead at A Level and Undergraduate study.
On the completion of their GCSE and A Level courses, students will now have the opportunity to continue their learning with a series of courses aimed at refining their understanding and developing skills which will prove invaluable as they take the next step up at Sixth Form and university.
Director of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Jo House said: “We want to give the girls the opportunity to continue approaching their learning with an enquiring mind and to develop their intellectual curiosity beyond the traditional curriculum. Faculties will be offering exploratory learning opportunities - including independent research projects, lectures and tutorials - in order to help them take even more confident steps in their learning journey."
"These pre-A Level and pre-University courses are open to all girls in these years groups and we strongly recommend that they participate in these courses, modules and projects even if they are not taking further study in these areas, as the skills they develop with be transferable across any subject or discipline.”
Courses range postmodern analysis of fairytales in English and entering the John Locke Institute essay competition, run by academics from Oxford and Princeton, in History to undertaking allergens training with the Food Standards Agency as part of Food Preparation and Nutrition. Specialist courses on everything from mental health first aid to marketing and PR will also be on offer.
THS Year 11 Georgina earns place at world renowned stage school
16-year-old Georgina from Truro High School has earned a sought-after spot to study Musical Theatre at one of the world’s most well respected stage schools, the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
13th May 2020 — 16-year-old Georgina from Truro High School has earned a sought-after spot to study Musical Theatre at one of the world’s most well respected stage schools, the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
Competition was fierce with over 700 applicants vying for just 40 places, 20 of which were for the extended diploma course which Georgina applied to.
The Year 11 student earned the highest number of marks on the audition day and impressed the panel so much that she has been offered a scholarship to attend the academy.
Italia Conti is the world’s oldest performing arts training school and is one of the most recognised names in the industry.
Its graduates can be seen on stage and screen all around the world. This includes film stars, some of the UK’s top recording artists and actors leading productions on the West End and Broadway. Stars who have trained at the academy include Noel Coward, Pixie Lott, Naomi Campbell, Karen Gillan, Newton Faulkner and Nadia Sawalha.
As part of the course, Georgina will regularly work with directors, choreographers and industry professionals. She will also have the opportunity to join the Italia Conti Agency and undertake professional work during her studies.
It’s been a busy year for Georgina who, alongside her GCSE studies and acting commitments, is also part of the school’s under 16 national champion hockey team.
THS Year 13 astronomer Maddie earns offers from world-class universities
Year 13 THS student, Maddie McLeod is one step closer to her dream of becoming a rocket scientist having received offers to join the elite few studying Astrophysics at her two top choice universities – Manchester and Edinburgh.
28th April 2020 — Year 13 THS student, Maddie McLeod is one step closer to her dream of becoming a rocket scientist having received offers to join the elite few studying Astrophysics at her two top choice universities – Manchester and Edinburgh.
Part of the prestigious Russell Group, both universities are world-renowned for their astrophysics departments.
Manchester ranks 1st in Europe and 9th worldwide for physics in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It has no fewer than 13 Nobel Prize winners associated with the Department.
Edinburgh ranks 4th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for physical science and has strong links to major research facilities across the world, including CERN, TRIUMF, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and a number of principal astronomy facilities.
Maddie said: “I’m so excited. The technology side of space science is what I’m really interested in so having so many opportunities to get involved with engineering and astronomy here at school has been brilliant. The one-to-one support from all my teachers has also been amazing, especially at astronomy club. It’s clearly made a huge difference to my application.”
Alongside her studies, Maddie acts as a STEM Ambassador for the school regularly leading clubs and projects for younger pupils. She is a member of the school’s Greenpower Engineering team and works with the Roseland Observatory as part of the THS Astronomy club.
As part of her application, last summer Maddie secured a coveted spot to undertake a work placement at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre. The centre develops scientific instruments for the likes of the European Space Agency and NASA.
Year 13 Charlotte secures offer to study at world-class drama school
Year 13 THS student, Charlotte Rutherfoord is one step closer to performing on a West End stage having secured a sought-after spot to study Actor Musicianship at Mountview, one of the UK's leading drama schools.
28th April 2020 — Year 13 THS student, Charlotte Rutherfoord is one step closer to performing on a West End stage having secured a sought-after spot to study Actor Musicianship at Mountview, one of the UK's leading drama schools.
Even more impressive, there is a maximum of 16 places on the course each year.
Mountview is renowned as a world-class drama school that provides its students with the tools needed to succeed in a competitive industry. 95% of students work professionally within one year of graduation.
Its alumni include Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse Michael Longhurst, 2018 Olivier Award winner Giles Terera (Hamilton), 2017 Olivier Award winner Rebecca Trehearn (Show Boat), 2017 Evening Standard Award winner Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Eddie Marsan, Lindsey Coulson, Ken Stott, Douglas Henshall and Mina Anwar.
Charlotte said: “I genuinely can't believe it. Having previously been to a 3 week short course at Mountview, I know that I am going to be spending the next three years doing what I love with people who are as exited and passionate about musical theatre, drama and music as I am. Being accepted onto the course is honestly a dream come true for me and I can't wait!"
“Having been at THS since nursery, my love of the arts has been nurtured throughout my whole school life. I started the Viola in Prep 3 as a result of a club that was set up by the school. Since then I have been in every performance, ensemble, orchestra and choir that anyone would let me be in. I know that my development as both an actor and a musician have been massively influenced by the opportunities that THS has given me to perform and the extremely caring, talented, inspirational teachers that have helped me along the way. There is no doubt in my mind that THS has helped me to achieve this amazing opportunity."
Charlotte can often be found in the school’s performing arts centre leading rehearsals and practising for starring roles in student productions. A real team player, she leads her own 10-piece acapella choir and even led the senior school choir in the place of its usual conductor as part of her Gold Arts Award. The 50-strong choir involves all of the school’s Year 7 cohort as well as a huge number of talented singers from the Senior School and Sixth Form.
There are celebrations across the board for the school’s Upper Sixth students who have received a vast array of offers to study at world-leading universities and art colleges. Nearly 20% of students have earned unconditional places at their first choice universities due to the strength of their applications.
Once the results of their A Levels are available in August, the girls are set to study at internationally renowned institutions ranging from the University of Edinburgh to King’s College London. They will study a diverse selection of subjects including Medicine, Interior Design, Law, Astrophysics, English, Textiles Innovation, Modern Languages, Classical Studies, Midwifery, Animal Behaviour, Accounting, Biology, Physics, Drama and Music.