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Parents (many of whom are recent arrivals to Cornwall) are hugely supportive and appreciate the prep’s distinctive Cornish vibe. ‘It has a very friendly, laid-back atmosphere,’ one mother told us, ‘but it gets very good results too.’ As you’d expect, children spend lots of time outdoors here – playing in the woods, working in an outdoor classroom designed and built by the DT teacher and growing fruit and vegetables at the gardening club. School brims with imaginative and creative ideas – a groups of pupils recently made a racing car and raced it at...

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What the school says...

Truro Prep is located on its own discrete campus, surrounded by woods and open countryside. It has an excellent range of facilities for sport and other activities reflecting the school's ethos of broadening horizons through a wide range of activities and diversity of opportunity. Potential parents are more than welcome to visit and tour the school with the Head. ...Read more

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.




What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of Prep

Since September 2016 Sarah Patterson BEd, previously deputy head at The Junior King's School, Canterbury since 2012. Degree from Birmingham; has taught in a variety of schools including prep schools in Kenya and Chile. She has been head of English and director of studies as well as class teacher and deputy head.


Children are admitted to the nursery at the beginning of the term following their third birthday (previously children were only admitted if they had turned three before the 1st September). Entry to nursery is first come, first served but school emphasizes from the start that it is ‘education, not childcare,’ with children encouraged to do two full days and gradually build up to four or five. School likes parents and children to visit first. ‘We don’t like to offer places to...

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Special Education Needs

Pupils who are identified as requiring assistance from our Educational Support team are informally assessed by our SENCo. An IEP is prepared and assistance is then offered as appropriate and may include: classroom differentiation by the teacher; working in small groups with one of the Educational Support team (either within the class or separately); or in the cases of greatest need, working on a one-to-one basis with a specialist teacher.

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
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
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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