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.
THS shortlisted for Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2020
Top UK all-girls' independent school, THS has just been shortlisted for a national award for educational excellence.
8th July 2020 — Top UK all-girls' independent school, THS has just been shortlisted for a national award for educational excellence.
One of only a handful of schools to be selected, Truro High School for Girls has once again been shortlisted for the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2020.
The all-girls independent school is the only educational establishment in Cornwall to make the cut.
Whittled down from the hundreds of schools from across the country in 20 different categories, the shortlist includes schools such as Roedean, Millfield, Wycombe Abbey, Tonbridge, Epsom College and Rugby.
The awards aim to highlight the quality of the student experience in independent schools and celebrate the transformative and innovative ways in which the winning institutions prepare pupils for their future lives.
Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Matthews said: “It’s brilliant to see the broad opportunities that our girls enjoy here recognised and to be shortlisted once again. To be selected for a category with such a wide focus is a real testament to excellence in everything. That means academics but also the skills and talents that are encouraged and nurtured outside of the classroom and the fun that our girls have too. It’s a real accolade as the competition nationwide is certainly mighty!”
The winners of all categories in the annual Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2020 will be announced later in the autumn.
THS calls for cultural tolerance in the wake of George Floyd violence
As protests continue across the world following the death of George Floyd in police custody, the leader of Truro High School for Girls says efforts must be renewed to educate the next generations about the need for tolerance and better understanding.
8th June 2020 — As protests continue across the world following the death of George Floyd in police custody, the leader of a top Cornish school says efforts must be renewed to educate the next generations about the need for tolerance and better understanding.
Throwing her support behind the Black Lives Matter movement, Sarah Matthews, the Headmistress of Truro High School, said it is important that everyone strives to create a more fair and equitable society where different cultures and opinions are welcomed and listened to.
Sarah Matthews said: “As a teacher, I believe a vital part of my job is to encourage our students to become global citizens, to develop a real understanding of the world and a tolerance for those who live within it, irrespective of race or ethnicity. The tragedy of George Floyd can never be allowed to happen again; much work still needs to be done and this is something we must work together to achieve.”
“At THS we will not tolerate racism of any kind and this is reflected in all that we do. Our school is made up of girls from many different nationalities, 12 in our boarding community alone, who live and work together as a family. We are proud of our broad and diverse community. In some virtual lessons, the girls have been reflecting on what has taken place in the USA and it is heartening to see that they are as appalled as we are and share our desire for a more positive and inclusive future.”
International students make up an important part of the school population at Truro High. The school increased in size by more than 10% last year with parents keen to sign up their daughters to take advantage of its superb exam results and excellent pastoral care.
In the boarding houses, the growth has been even more significant with the number of students due to be living on site this September 45% higher than it was just two years ago.
Sarah Matthews said: “It is wonderful that so many families can see the benefits of a school that promotes tolerance and understanding. Here in Cornwall we have a very welcoming local community and the warmth that local people show to our boarders from all around the world is a key factor in making them feel at home very quickly. The British families at THS really value the opportunity their daughters have to make friends from around the world, broadening their horizons.”
“International students make a huge financial contribution not only to the running of the school, but also to the local economy through shopping and family visits. Whilst our community of day pupils continues to expand, it is heartening to see that our international community is more than keeping pace enabling both those students, and the school, to thrive at what, for many independent schools, is a very difficult time.”
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.