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's Greenpower team scoops national Siemens Sustainability Award
Truro High School’s Greenpower Engineering team has scooped the Siemens Sustainability Award at the International Finals.
19th October 2021 — Truro High School’s Greenpower Engineering team is celebrating having scooped the Siemens Sustainability Award at the International Finals.
The award recognises the team which demonstrates its understanding of the UN’s sustainable Development Goals and applied practical solutions to make their involvement in the Greenpower project more sustainable.
Truro High is the only school taking part in Greenpower to charge the batteries of its cars using energy from a solar powered trailer, making the school’s fleet of cars one of the most eco-friendly in the country.
The team has been using its solar powered trailer for a number of years and Year 12 student Charlotte led the research project into its eco credentials which secured the Siemens award.
Charlotte said: “I’m so proud that as a team we’re doing our part to protect the planet. Greenpower at its heart is all about sustainability – the fact the cars run on electricity rather than fuel is amazing and finding solutions so that we can go the whole way and use energy which is renewable is such an important step forward. Whilst we need to hold big corporations to account when it comes to the sustainability, we must start with our own actions to make things change and I really hope the trailer inspires more Greenpower teams, and hopefully more drivers, to do the same.”
Three of the school’s cars qualified for the Greenpower International Finals, which saw cars from across the country battling it out on the world-famous race circuit, Goodwood.
Truro High’s students also welcomed a new member to their pit crew for the day as they were joined by professional racing driver, Johnny Mowlem – the result of last week winning a national competition to create a film about their passion for motorsports engineering. Johnny has driven for the likes of Lotus, Ferrari and Porsche.
Truro High is a three-time recipient of the Spirit of Greenpower award and the only school in the country to be recognised as an official club by Motorsport UK – a first in UK automotive history which enables students to undertake specialist motorsport training and even work trackside at Formula 1 events.
ITV Formula One presenter and President of the Truro High Motorsports Club, Louise Goodman said: “Engineering is partly about the theory but also about the practice and the school has adopted a very much ‘hands on’ approach to the subject with its participation in the Greenpower Series. The girls don’t just study how to build a car they actually build it which makes it a far more engaging experience.”
Truro High marks International Day of the Girl with fundraising colour run
Truro High School’s fundraising colour run provided a rainbow of delights yesterday afternoon as girls aged 4 to 18 ran the powder paint gauntlet to raise money to send children to school in Cambodia.
12th October 2021 — Truro High School’s fundraising colour run provided a rainbow of delights yesterday afternoon as girls aged 4 to 18 ran the powder paint gauntlet to raise money to send children to school in Cambodia.
It was in support of UK-based education charity, Edukid and aimed to raise funds to ensure the education of boys and girls at Truro High’s partner school, Brasat Primary, can continue.
Fewer than half of all children are able to finish primary school in Cambodia and Truro High School’s students raise money every year to ensure that’s not the case at the school it works with.
The event took place in celebration of the International Day of the Girl.
Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Matthews said: “What an amazing spectacle and such a fabulous way for the girls to have fun with their friends whilst raising money! Without our annual fundraising efforts, Brasat would simply not be able to educate all of its pupils and some of the children would join many others in Cambodia who never have the opportunity to complete their primary school education.”
“As members of a global community, I believe it is important that our students develop an awareness and understanding of how different things are for young people in some other parts of the world so I hope they’ve had a fantastic time secure in the knowledge that their efforts have made a real difference to a young person’s education.”
11 year-old Truro High student earns top award in national business competition
Against 26,000 young entrepreneurs from across the country, Maisie, an enterprising 11 year-old from Truro High School for Girls, has scooped the ‘Fiver for Good’ award in the Young Enterprise National Fiver Challenge Competition finals.
25th September 2021 — An enterprising 11 year-old from Truro High School for Girls has just won a national business award which recognises her company as being a force for good.
Against 26,000 young entrepreneurs, Year 7 Maisie Pike scooped the ‘Fiver for Good’ award in the Young Enterprise National Fiver Challenge Competition finals.
Maisie founded ‘Maisie’s Cakes and Shakes’ as part of the ‘Fiver Challenge’ – an enterprise project involving every student in the school’s Prep 6 class.
The challenge tasked students to come up with a business idea and turn a profit in four weeks using an initial investment of just £5.
As part of her challenge, Maisie decided to put a big focus on how locally minded, eco-friendly and sustainable her business was.
This ranged from using as many locally grown ingredients as possible to donating a proportion of her profits to the Children’s Hospice South West.
Maisie said: "Making sure my business was sustainable and environmentally-friendly was really important to me and so was donating to charity.
"I chose the children’s hospice because I wanted to support sick children with life-threatening conditions and the fantastic work the charity does.
"The hospice is a small local charity and I know how difficult it has been for it to fundraise to the levels it was able to before the pandemic – I just wanted to do my part to help."
Maisie will receive her award at a virtual ceremony hosted by Young Enterprise in October.
The ‘Fiver Challenge’ project is part of Truro High School’s Future Ready Programme which provides girls of all ages with the opportunities to learn new life skills, develop business acumen and be prepared to thrive in the future.
It’s not the first time the school’s students have celebrated national success as part of the project.
In 2019, Plum Stringer and Daisy Jones, now both in Year 9, scooped the Highest Profit award in the 9-11-year-old category at the Fiver Challenge national finals.
Truro High’s celebrates three qualifications for International Greenpower Finals
Truro High School’s Greenpower team is celebrating with three of its cars qualifying for the Greenpower International Finals, which are set to take place at Goodwood this October.
24th September 2021 — Truro High School’s Greenpower team is celebrating with three of its cars qualifying for the Greenpower International Finals, which are set to take place at Goodwood this October.
Following a fantastic race day at Castle Combe last weekend, the Green Goddess, Kernow Kittz and Green Gladiator will now take on the country’s brightest and best racers at the world-famous motor circuit.
The Castle Combe heat took place on Sunday 5 September, just two days into the new academic year, and involved a 10-hour long day of racing – showing the immense dedication of the students, teachers and volunteers who are part of the school’s Greenpower Engineering Project.
Amongst those supporting the team was former McLaren and Williams engineer, James Robinson, who once again rolled up his sleeves to help the school’s crew carry out repairs in the pits.
The qualifications follow an impressive season for the team which included winning Gold and Silver for the Kernow Kittz and Green Gladiator cars at Predannack Race Circuit during the Summer.
Alongside their packed enrichment schedule of dance lessons, sports clubs, languages workshops, enterprise projects, first aid training and so much more, students have been building the cars every week in the school’s engineering workshop since the last autumn in preparation for the Greenpower race season.
As a result of its reputation for engineering, Truro High is a three-time recipient of the Spirit of Greenpower award and the only school in the country to be recognised as an official club by Motorsport UK – a first in UK automotive history which enables students to undertake specialist motorsport training and even work trackside at Formula 1 events.
‘Taste’ at Truro High chefs cook with fire alongside Philleigh Way's head tutor
Students taking part in ‘Taste’ at Truro High were this week treated to a masterclass with Rupert Cooper, the head tutor and owner of Philleigh Way Cookery School.
24th September 2021 — Students taking part in ‘Taste’ at Truro High were this week treated to a masterclass with Rupert Cooper, the head tutor and owner of Philleigh Way Cookery School.
Cooking with fire was the focus of the evening and Rupert introduced the girls to a wide range of techniques to create fire-roasted baba ganoush, flame-grilled steak and mechouia, a Tunisian grilled salad. An important part of the session was also learning how to build and maintain the perfect fire.
The masterclass is one of many for the bespoke cookery programme which this term includes masterclasses with Mariana Chaves, former Head Pastry Chef at Fifteen Cornwall; Tom Hazzledine, founder and owner of speciality bakery Baker Tom’s; Annie Sibert, fishmonger and founder of My Fish Kitchen; and MasterChef 2018 quarterfinalist and founder of Sabzi Deli, Kate Attlee.
Students are also learning a host of high-level cookery skills with course leader and Cordon-Bleu trained chef Fyonah Ferris. This ranges from perfecting a classic chalet dinner of chicken dijonnaise with duchesse potatoes to honing their technical dessert skills to make mango ice cream and chocolate fondants.
Truro High School’s results are the icing on the cake for its talented students
There were squeals of joy at Truro High School for Girls where almost a quarter of all GCSE passes were at the very highest grade 9.
12th August 2021 — There were squeals of joy at Truro High School for Girls where almost a quarter of all GCSE passes were at the very highest grade 9, but more importantly value-added tables also released today show that students across the year achieved up to 1.5 grades higher than the data predicted, demonstrating the usual growth Truro High sees for its students each year.
It’s a huge success story for the school where students follow 11 subjects as standard compared to the normal 9 taken in most other students in Cornwall. In fact, an impressive 28% of girls achieved grades 8 or 9 in at least 9 subjects each.
This year some girls chose to take up to 13 subjects, adding optional extras such as Astronomy, Further Maths and Russian. However, Headmistress Sarah Matthews is quick to point out that the school is far from being an academic hothouse despite its incredible academics.
She said: “These girls make me so proud. Not only are they progressing into Sixth Form with great sets of results under their belts but they are doing so knowing that they have also benefitted from having the balance of a whole raft of different experiences along the way.”
“These girls have been leaders on the sports field throughout their GCSE studies. They have followed their passion for music, they have worked as professional actors and they have made their mark in Parliament. It is this breadth and balance that allows our girls to retain their intellectual curiosity and their love of learning which serves them so well at exam time.”
Among those collecting results was talented sailor Rose Hallam who competes as part of the RYA South West Feva Training Group. Rose hopes one day to represent her country at the Olympics but for now is very happy with her 12 GCSEs, all of which are grade 9. A keen songstress and musician, Rose also dabbles with the idea of playing one day for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
She said: “It has been hard work but I have had the full support of my teachers and my family and that makes all the difference. The quality of the teaching we are given is so good and I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Charlotte Haynes is a first degree black belt Shodan in karate but also found time to gain 13 GCSEs, 11 of which were at grade 9 with 2 at grade 8.
There was a double celebration for Libby Kingston who, as well as picking up 11 excellent GCSEs, also discovered she has won a national Young Historian Award. Libby is fascinated with Russian history and her essay about Alexander Litvinenko impressed the judges of the GCSE Modern World Prize.
Among proud parents was Beccy Thomas whose daughter Tiana is the third generation of the family to attend the school. She said: “This is a big moment for us. When I think back to the quiet little person who joined the school back in Prep 4, she is very different now. Her confidence has completely blossomed, she has flourished at this school and the staff have been amazing – I cannot thank them enough for their dedication, their care and everything they have done to bring Tiana to this point.”
Lucy Marshall is on the board for the Truro branch of the British Youth Council and has just been approached by the National Citizen Service about becoming a UK ambassador for the organisation. Today she is celebrating even more good news with 12 GCSEs, all at grade 8 or 9.
She said: “This school is such a special place and without my teachers, all of this would not have been possible. I am so grateful for all the work that they have done.”
Mum Gill added: “We are unbelievably proud. Everybody at school has pulled together in a team and the girls’ results are clear for everyone to see.”