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One parent told us, ‘I think Truro Hugh ultimately gave my daughters self belief. My youngest became the member of the youth parliament for mid Cornwall.' New Aspiring Medics programme has already produced a Cambridge medic and a Nottingham vet, and there are programmes for lawyers and engineers too. the new rugby club on Mondays was hot news of the day. Proper rugby, not tag, we were informed. They even had the Cornish Pirates in for a session...

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Truro High School achieves excellent academic results at all levels from our youngest pupils in reception through to those sitting GCSE and A Level examinations, for which we regularly sit at the top of the county league tables. The majority of Sixth Form students leave for Russell Group universities and go on to read a very diverse range of subjects. This is no surprise to us, as we treat each girl as an individual and help her to achieve her own aspirations. This is one of the reasons why we believe so strongly in providing an all-round education. We are passionate about sport, drama, textiles and fashion, cooking and baking, business enterprise, astronomy, engineering, science, leadership and so much more. We also believe that our pupils benefit immensely from a girls-only education: they are free to be themselves and to take on any and every opportunity. As part of this, we want to ensure that our girls are fully prepared for the complex world they are entering, where technology and a global perspective play an ever-increasing role. We aim to do all of this with a smile on our face, because we firmly believe ‘happy girls achieve’. ...Read more

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Since September 2018, Sarah Matthews, previously acting head of St Mary's Shaftesbury. Degree in philosophy and RS from Lancaster and PGCE from St Martin's College. Spent 12 years at Stamford Endowed Schools before moving to Harrow International School Hong Kong as housemistress and teacher of philosophy and RS. Joined St Mary's Shaftesbury in 2017 as senior deputy and then acting head. She is an avid reader, with a particular interest in anthropology, and also enjoys baking and hiking in her spare time. She is married to Richard, and they have two young children.

Academic matters

In 2018, 59 per cent A*/A grades and 83 per cent A*-B at A level; 55 per cent 9-7 at GCSE. The school is regularly top of the county league for A level and GCSE. Twenty-one subjects on offer at A...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

All girls, whatever their specific learning requirements, can expect support and guidance to enable them to achieve their best both within the classroom and beyond it. The department, which is centrally located, consists of a well- qualified, experienced and dedicated team which provides 1:1 or small group specialist support across the age range.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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