An incredible 51% of STEM A Level and Extended Diploma provision is taught at Truro and Penwith College. And with each and every student benefitting from what Ofsted called “inspirational and highly-skilled teaching with exceptionally well-developed facilities” it is clear to see why so many of our students go on to achieve great things in the field of STEM.
Everyone comes here because it is the best available. Everything has been great, particularly the lecturers.
Industry Bonds Under The Microscope
This provision is also one of the main reasons why we can give our students the best access to industry-leading organisations and people. We are hosts to the South West’s educational co-ordinator for the renowned Royal Society of Chemistry, we have Institute of Physics (IOP) Lead School status and we were selected as one of the first Maths Hubs in the country - helping to improve attainment, progress and participation in mathematics through high-quality teaching, learning and leadership. This unrivalled provision also attracts industry leaders looking to share their knowledge with our enthusiastic and well-supported students. Recent visits include the former leader of Experiments at CERN, now Director of Particle Therapy at the Cancer Research Institute and Oxford Professor Ken Peach, and the University of Cambridge’s Dr James Grimes, who both gave invaluable insights into how to excel in the field of STEM.
Exciting, Cutting-Edge, World-Class Research
This summer, our students completed postings with one of the most prestigious STEM schemes in the country. Much of the Truro and Penwith students’ work with Nuffield Research Placements is so cutting-edge that it is classified due to commercial sensitivities. Rachel Delourme, STEM Advisor, Nuffield and Sustainability Co-ordinator at the College, said it was an “opportunity for students to take part in exciting, cutting-edge, world-class research”.
“It’s a massive achievement to complete this placement and is invaluable when applying to red brick universities and Oxbridge.”
Truro and Penwith College International Baccalaureate student Jessica Wright from Scorrier was one of the five Truro and Penwith College students who achieved a Nuffield Research placement. As a member of the College’s Academic Academy, Jessica heard a presentation by Rachel and was intrigued at being able to boost her UCAS application for Cambridge University. Following a successful application for a placement, Jessica worked for four weeks for the University of Exeter. “The data is confidential, but I was looking at antibiotic resistance and measuring it in environmental risk assessments,” she reveals.
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Meet the team leader:
Head of Science Dr Jon Grey explains what makes the College’s offering ‘Outstanding’ rather than ‘Good’…
Having outstanding specialist teachers who only deliver A Levels or Extended Diplomas is important. We have industry-standard facilities and technical support including 14 laboratories, electrophoresis equipment, mass spectrometry, flame photometry, gas chromatography, digital acquisition spectrometry and multi-sensor digital data capture units. This combination leads to us being 14% above the national average for A-Levels A*to B, and 73% of Extended Diploma students get Triple Distinctions and above, 24% better than the national average.
Visits have included a trip to a Honduran rainforest and geology students heading to Mount Vesuvius on the Gulf of Naples. The results are outstanding and students have a very high progression rate to their first choice of universities. A large proportion of these end up at Russell Group institutions or Oxbridge.
“As one of the largest UK A Level science departments, we have outstanding lecturers working in industry-standard laboratories delivering incredible success”