Our School and grounds

The outstanding setting of Polwhele House, on the outskirts of Truro surrounded by 32 acres of gardens and woodland, is without compare in the county of Cornwall.  It provides an inspirational and secure family environment for children to spend their formative early years of education.

This diagram helps you see the scope and vicinity of buldings to one another; enabling children to move safely and easily throughout their school day. Please see the captions to the side for a brief indication of the different areas and most importantly, if you are considering visiting the school, we would be delighted to show you around.

aerial Polwhele


1) Main house and boarding

This building is a hive of activity.  Here you will find the Headmaster's study, the school office, the Bursar's office, two fabulous dining rooms and a drawing room where we host lunchtime concerts.  Not to mention the happy and homely boarding accommodation.


2) Pre-Preparatory School

A warm welcome greets you in our fantastic Pre-Prep.  Housing Nursery to Year 2 the children enjoy their learning and always wear a smile.


3) Preparatory School

This is where the children in Years 3-8 spend their day.  A light, spacious and modern building that is the perfect environment for learning.


4) Playing Fields

Having such vast outdoor space our playing fields are able to accommodate a variety of sporting events at the same time.


5) Tennis courts

We are lucky to have three grass tennis courts which our children put to great use.  The courts are a very popular facility, particularly in the summer term when they are used for matches against other schools, coaching sessions and break time tournaments!


6) Working farm

Bordering the Polwhele House estate is a delightful farm.  Many classes have visited and the animals can often be seen in the fields surrounding the estate.


7) Adventure Playground 

We believe playtimes should be as much fun as possible so our children have access to a popular adventure playground and giant chess/draughts board where they can socialise with friends and enjoy everything our grounds have to offer.


8) Riding School

This is where our five ponies - Arnold, Polly, Missy, Harry and Bruce - are stabled, where the annual gymkhanas are held, the beginning of the enchanting trails through the woods and where our children begin their riding 'experience'.


9) Walled garden

This is a magical haven where amazing things happen right in the centre of the school site.  All classes are welcome to use the walled garden and it is a popular location for after school clubs too!


Polwhele House

1) Main house and boarding

Pre-prep school Polwhele House

2) Pre-Preparatory School

Prep from the tower

3) Preparatory School from the tower

Playing fields Polwhele

4) Playing fields

Tennis on the lawn

5) Tennis courts

Working farm

6) Working farm

Adventure Playground at Polwhele

7) Adventure playground

Equestrian Centre at Polwhele

8) Riding School

Walled Garden at Polwhele

9) Walled garden