From west Cornwall to the centre of academia: two pupils from Cape Cornwall School excel
TWO former students of Cape Cornwall School are preparing to take up places at two of the world's top universities.
Sam Whitby, who is headed to Oxford to study chemistry, and Tamsin Hichens, who has a place at Cambridge and plans to read veterinary science, are both very excited by the prospect.
The pair took their A levels at Penwith College, praising both their past school in St Just and Penzance's sixth form campus for giving them the opportunity to succeed.
It has been four years since a Cape Cornwall student was accepted at Cambridge and head teacher Julie Nash said the fact two in one year achieved places is a "fantastic result".
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Mrs Nash also said the success is even greater as it is such a small school.
Teachers described the duo as "exceptional students".
Catherine Lawry, head of Key Stage 4, said of Tamsin: "She was the most diligent student – I had to really think when writing her reports not to use that word too often."
While geography teacher Matt Garraway said Sam was "just brilliant" in his learning.
Sam is going to St John's College in Oxford and said his teachers were very supportive, adding he cannot wait to get going.
"Cape is a really good school – it has a really strong teaching environment."
Another Penwith student, Rachael Kitson, is also off to Oxford, where she will read history at Balliol College, after a gap year.