Top marks in the country for two Truro and Penwith College students

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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Two A star students from Truro and Penwith College didn’t initially realise when they received their outstanding A level results back in August that were in fact the top scorers in the whole country in their respective exams. Their remarkable achievements have been confirmed and are to be celebrated by an award from the examining board Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC).  Bethany Greaves received full marks 400 out of 400 and came first of all 3,249 candidates for her English Language exam. Arron Jolliffe received 390 marks out of 400 and achieved first place of 1,163 candidates for Law.

Bethany from Penzance (previously from Mounts Bay School) achieved 3 A stars in Classical Civilisation, English Language and English Literature and an A grade in History.  Bethany is now at University of Cambridge studying English.

Arron Jolliffe from Lostwithiel (previously from Fowey School) achieved 2 A stars in both Law and Biology and an A grade in History.  Arron is reading Law at University College London.

David Walrond, Principal of Truro and Penwith College commented:

‘Truro and Penwith College has provided the highest scoring A Level candidates nationally on several occasions, but to have two of our students achieve that accolade in one exam session really is rather special.  It’s a brilliant outcome for these students and their teaching staff. For Bethany and for Arron, the ‘competition’ last summer was mainly about getting the very best grades they could and the top university places they wanted. To succeed in both those aims, and then learn that in doing so you have come in first place, ahead of the national A Level field, is just fantastic. We are absolutely delighted for them.’

WJEC celebrates the achievements of its top A level candidates by awarding a cash prize and a certificate.  Gareth Pierce, WJEC’s Chief Executive wrote to the students and congratulated them on their tremendous results, referring to “an outstanding achievement, and evidence of the hard work that you and your teachers put into preparing for the examinations”.