A lot to celebrate for students
RECORDS were broken at Truro and Penwith College as students excelled in their A-level exams.
The college, which has around 1,000 A-level students, achieved a 99 per cent overall pass rate, above the national average of 98.1 per cent, and broke its own record with 83 per cent of students achieving A to C grades.
Of the 1,000 students 754 passed three A levels and 258 gained four or more.
Eighteen-year-old Maryann Nixon from Hayle picked up three A* grades in art, photography and English literature and an A in psychology and said: "I'm so happy. It was what I was hoping for, although straight A*s would have been great, but I'm going to Bath Spa University to study creative writing."
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Nathaniel Fox from Hayle, 17, a student governor and a former Hayle Community School pupil, achieved an A* in mathematics and A grades in government and politics, physics and chemistry.
"The opportunity to be student governor and the help and support from staff was great," he said. "The staff are kind and friendly." Nathaniel is going to Cardiff University to study mathematics.
Sam Kemp, 18, got the grades he needed to pursue his chosen career as a medical researcher – an A* in English language, As in psychology and human biology and a B in physical education – and said: "I'm going to take another year to study chemistry. Normally it's a two-year course but I plan to do it in one. When that's finished I plan to go to university and study biomedical science."
Principal David Walrond said: "It's another wonderful set of outcomes for our students.
"The focus today is understandably on the moment, on celebrating these great final results, on the numbers and the grades and the university progression secured.
"You can't achieve moments of celebration and excellent outcomes such as these without excellent teaching, specialist first-class facilities and a culture that allows and encourages students to study and excel.
"The results mark the end of a two-year cycle of very hard work and a new cycle is about to begin as we welcome the new student cohort in a few days' time."