THE SUNDAY Times has named Truro and Penwith College in its top five state schools for the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The IB diploma is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to A levels, focusing on six subjects, including a science, a modern language, English and maths. It has been offered at the college for more than a decade, with more than 100 learners at any one time.
Principal, David Walrond, said: "The Sunday Times ranking and the students' feedback on their experiences of the IB here say most of what needs to be said.
"The national recognition is certainly a wonderful boost for the college staff and students who work in such an effective partnership, but what their excellent performance means in terms of student progression to the most selective universities is an even better story."
Recent research has highlighted success IB students have in higher education, with 5 per cent more students achieving a first-class honours degree and 42 per cent gaining places at Top 20 UK universities.
IB student Lily Robinson said: "I chose the IB because I didn't really know what I wanted to do and I couldn't narrow down my subjects to just four.
"I thought it would be a good idea to study the diploma because with the IB you can continue with maths and English as well as choosing a science, humanities and art, so I liked the 'all roundness' of it."
The internationally-accpeted diploma offered in more than 100 countries is recognised by all UK universities.
Second-year student Jay Matyas said: "The IB has the ability to not just teach facts of what's on the curriculum tested for an exam paper, I think it teaches you a lot more.
"It teaches you values, not what to think but how to think, which I really value.
"We have the opportunity to access other resources. The college is so grand, on a large scale, that we have access to so many other opportunities, other resources, so I think that it is definitely part of the reason why the college is successful."