STAFF and pupils at Penryn College are celebrating the best GCSE results in the school’s history.
According to performance figures from the Department for Education, Penryn College is ranked fifth out of all the secondary schools in Cornwall in terms of its results for GCSE and equivalent qualifications.
However, based purely on GCSE results – not including vocational qualifications such as BTECs – it is ranked in joint first place in the county alongside Roseland Community College.
Penryn College’s head teacher Marie Hunter said she was delighted with the school’s performance, which followed a “steady, upward climb” over the past six years and was the best set of results she had seen in her 19 years at the school.
“Schools in Cornwall work hard for their students,” she said.
“Results like these only come when the young people themselves really commit to their own futures, supported by dedication from home and great teaching.
“We take very seriously the trust parents place in us when they send their child to Penryn College.
“I know how much each person here really cares about the kind of adult each child becomes.
“It’s so fantastic this has received national recognition too.”
The national league tables, released last week, show the percentage of Year 11 students at each school who achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths, or equivalent.
At Falmouth School, the score was 60 per cent, putting it in 17th position in the table of 37.
At Penryn College, the figure was 68 per cent, giving it a fifth-place ranking.
Mrs Hunter received a letter from Schools Minister David Laws MP congratulating the school on an excellent improvement in GCSE results over the past three years, and naming the college as one of the top 100 in England for sustained improvement.
“The results are a shining testament to the hard work and success of your staff, governors and pupils,” said Mr Laws in the letter.
He also offered his thanks to everyone at the school for their “pursuit of the highest standards of educational achievement”.
Mrs Hunter said last year’s Year 11s had amassed a record number of A* and A grades, 430.
Henry Preston, chairman of the governors, said: “The college has now been nationally recognised a number of times for the excellent improvement in its GCSE results, from 2008 to 2010 and 2011 to 2013.
“GCSE standards have clearly continued to rise steadily over a number of years. This is just brilliant and is a mark of a really great school.”