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Truro College enhances reputation

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: August 20, 2008

  • Student Lottie Williams discusses her results with deputy head of Falmouth Sixth Form, Maria Magro. Picture by Toby Weller

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TRURO College has rounded off another exceptional year with excellent A-level results.

One of the largest A-level centres in the South West, it has a reputation for being one of the highest achieving colleges in the sector and this year is no exception.

Following its record achievements in the International Baccalaureate and in National Diplomas, Truro College has now achieved a 99% pass rate overall at A-level, which is nearly 2 % above the national pass rate of 97.2 %.

Truro College merged in April with Penwith College which has also achieved an outstanding 99% pass rate.

Students have also done exceptionally well in terms of the level of their passes. Over 79% of students passed with the higher grades of A, B and C, which puts Truro College 5% above the national figure for higher grade achievement.

A 100% pass rate was achieved in 33 subjects including accounting, chemistry, computing, drama, English, French, further maths, health and social care, history, law, music and Spanish.

Some of the notable successes include Emily Barker who achieved five A grade A-levels in biology, chemistry, physics, maths and psychology.

She will be going to Oxford to study biochemistry.

Emily Barker was also one of two students at Truro College to score in the top five marks for psychology in the UK. The other student to score with a top five mark nationally for psychology was Louise Richards from St Austell.

Two students also scored in the top five marks in the UK for health and social care A-level.

These were Sasha Tregenza and Sarah Buckingham, both from Falmouth.

At Truro College 29 students passed four A-levels at grade A. These high achievers included Harrison Steggles (Helston), Anny Rice (Falmouth), Andora Perkins (St Austell), Luke Halton (Bodmin), Emily Billington (Truro), Kerry Bull (Hayle), Paul Calvert (St Ives), Chris Phillips (Penzance) and Ruth Gallie (Sennen).

Sian Littler from Truro, one of the students who passed four A-levels at grade A, is off to Cardiff University to study medicine.

AS level achievements, the half-way stage to A-level, at Truro College were also outstanding with a pass rate 3% above the national rate.

Ni Ni Moe Myint's 5 AS-levels at Grade A will boost her application this autumn to study medicine at Cambridge University.

Jonathan Burnett, principal of Truro College, said: "This year's students have continued the college's well established reputation for outstanding achievement at A-level with another remarkable set of results.

"They and the staff deserve the highest of praise."

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