Truro School (formerly Truro College) began life in 1880 and opened its doors to boys only in 1881.
This was a Methodist School, just as the Cathedral School was Anglican. Education had been a haphazard affair and these two schools grew out of a need for middle class education for boys .
Thanks to the churches, elementary schools were provided.
British schools however, were open to the children of parents of every religious persuasion, and were managed by a Committee of the Friends of Education who were selected without any reference to political party or religious sect. Holy Scripture was read and taught daily, but in a form that represented no religious denomination.
Truro also had a Ragged School in Campfield Hill, to enable the poor and destitute to gain an education of sorts.
Dame schools existed in Truro but all traces of these have gone. There were also academies and finishing schools which aimed to complete the children’s education and which are now filled by our secondary education.
The Truro British Schools (Truro British Mixed School and the Truro British Infants School) were opened in 1898 on the site which from January 1905 became known as Truro Bosvigo Council School.
Pictures opposite show Truro School in the 1890's and a class of boys sitting at their desks.