Cornish college sees exceptional results for the 50th year of the International Baccalaureate

Truro and Penwith College International Baccalaureate students have continued to enjoy exceptional results this summer. The College is the only institution offering the qualification in Cornwall and regularly heads the national state provider league tables. Based on recently released results the College anticipates that this could be another table topping year.

Caroline Keech, IB Coordinator at the College, said: “Our average points score this year of 36, which is equivalent to three A* grades and one A grade at A Level, reflects the exceptional hard work shown by our students. In addition to academic study, students have worked on a wide range of community projects both locally and further afield with most visiting Swaziland to support children orphaned by HIV/aids. It is therefore not surprising they are sought after by top universities and this year is no exception with students gaining places at the most competitive universities such as Oxford, and courses including Law and Veterinary Science.”

Alanna Gardella from Truro, who will be going to Durham University to study Law this September achieved an incredible 45 points out of 45 and was ecstatic about her results, which put her in the top 1% of students studying the internationally recognised qualification: “When I first saw my results I almost couldn’t believe it! I am ecstatic but I definitely didn’t achieve this with ease, I worked as hard as I could from the beginning,” Alanna began.

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Top scorer Alanna Gardella is thrilled to be amongst the 1% of IB students to score 45 out of 45

“I’d say that although the IB was challenging, it was a very rewarding experience which always required hard work and focus. As I wasn't sure before starting college what I wanted to study at university, completing such a holistic course with a range of subjects allowed me to figure out what path I would take; which I eventually decided would be to study Law at university.”

Jonathan Kitto from Mullion, who is off to study International Relations and History at the London School of Economics after receiving 41 points, said: “It’s been an excellent course. I’ve had brilliant teachers and a great group of like-minded students who it has been a pleasure to spend two years with.”

A student who deserves particular praise is Laura Williams. Laura’s study was beset by serious health problems requiring chemotherapy and hospitalisation. However, she displayed exceptional determination even including taking examinations specially arranged for her while she was hospitalised. Her result of 40 points should place her in the top 3% of around 157,000 students taking the qualification worldwide.

Andy Stittle, Director of Teaching and Learning said: “The International Baccalaureate celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and at Truro College we are celebrating the 18th year of running the programme. It offers an alternative, highly valued qualification that has established a reputation for being demanding but very rewarding. It offers a broader programme of study than A Levels and as in previous years our students have secured some fantastic progression opportunities.”