Project Description

Truro High School for Girls

Truro High School for Girls educates around 340 girls aged 3 to 18 and is part of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST). It has recently been named a Finalist in the Independent School of the Year Awards (Small Independent School of the Year category).

Truro High offers a nurturing education, focused on the needs of girls, with a small school community feel. The school is located very close to Truro School, a much larger co-educational offering, also part of MIST, and both schools compete over the same catchment. There is, therefore, a significant requirement for a good return on investment from marketing through smarter actions.

MTM were contacted by Sarah Lillicrap, Director of Communications at Truro High School for Girls, who was looking to understand more about her school’s market.


What the school wanted to know

Sarah was keen to find out what types of girls currently attend the school and how far they are prepared to travel to and from school every day. She was also looking forward to discovering where pockets of girls from families matching the profile of students currently on roll might live, and it was useful to her to know from which residential  locations the school is already recruiting well, and if there are any locations it is missing. This, she hoped, would help inform the school’s future bus route planning.


Main aims of the research

MTM undertook research to reveal  the exact travel times of Truro High’s current students, and also to gain an insight into their families’ lifestyles – including the media they engage in – which could help to inform the kind of messages most likely to appeal. We then looked within the realistic travel time to understand where the school was doing well with recruitment and where there were missed opportunities, and we investigated the roll trends of competitor schools to see whether the trends Sarah had experienced at Truro High were being felt throughout the market.


The results

After careful analysis of the wealth of useful data  gathered, we were able to recommend to Sarah that the school invest in new liveried minibus routes, running through locations identified as the school’s key target areas  for recruitment. These new routes would benefit current families by improving accessibility and adding value, while at the same time boosting awareness of the school in under-penetrated areas.


  • School buses can be invaluable as a method of raising the profile of the school, with highly visible branded vehicles on the roads, and providing easy transport to school from current and prospective pupils’ home areas. MTM will be happy to help you use data to drive your school to success – please email us or call us on 01502 722787 to plan your market research project.