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Hugs and smiles as news shared

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

  • Top performing student Jemima Davison, from St Merryn.

  • Hugs of joy at GCSE results

  • Anna Howe, from Lostwithiel, with her mum Alison. She achieved seven A* and three A passes.

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STUDENTS at Truro High School were celebrating a good set of GCSE examination results, which were above the 68.8 per cent national average.

There were hugs and smiles all round when the teenagers picked up their results.

A total of 51 students – the equivalent of 86 per cent – scored five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.

And 52 per cent of all grades were A*/A and 76 per cent were A* to B.

Jemima Davison achieved 11 A* grades. Her mum Julia Waterton-Gullick said: "I'm so relieved, so pleased and so very proud."

Jemima, from St Merryn, said: "I never dreamt I'd get results like these. It's absolutely fantastic!"

Jennifer Handley, from Carnon Downs, was with her older sister Josie and mum Judith Handley when she found out she'd got four A*s, six As and a B.

"She's done brilliantly," said her mother. "I had every confidence in her, but it's still a huge relief."

This year's star performers included Lowenna vens, from Frogpool, who gained 12 A*s; Mia Parnall, from Penponds, and Emily Westlake, from Truro, who, like Jemima, both got 11 A*s.

Amy Purohit, from Zelah, Freya Martin, from Mount Hawke and Anna Gowenlock, from Cusgarne, each achieved 10 A*s and one A. Zahra Dalal and Lydia Pearse, both from Truro, were pleased with their nine A*s and two As.

Anna Howe, from Lostwithiel, picked up seven A*s and three As, while Niamh Durkin, from Stithians, was pleased after learning she had secured six A*s and five As.

Year nine pupil Lowenna Penny, from Portscatho, showed she had no problem reaching her star potential – by achieving an A in astronomy.

Lowenna has been studying the subject with school staff during lunchtimes and evenings.

"I've been reading books about the subject since I was very young," she said. "When we had a school trip to the Roseland Observatory I became even more interested."

New headmaster Dr Glenn Moodie, who officially starts in his new role on September 1, said: "Waiting for results is very tense – not just for the pupils but for their families as well.

"There is nothing quite like the feeling that comes with knowing you have worked hard and achieved grades you're pleased with.

"The relief and joy today were tangible and I wish everyone continuing success as they move forward to the sixth form."

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