Truro and Penwith College students celebrate a record year of high achievement

A Level students at Truro and Penwith College have been awarded some of the highest ever grades there, with 90% achieving a grade A* - C, up four percent on last year, and significantly higher than the national A* - C pass rate of 77%.

It was fantastic to see so many happy faces throughout the day

The percentage securing higher grades is a record for the College, an improvement even on the high performance levels that previously contributed to the College’s Ofsted Outstanding grade. Indeed, 69% secured grades A*- B compared to the national A*- B grade pass rate of 53%.

With over 2,500 individual A Level entries this year, Truro and Penwith College is one of the largest providers of the qualification nationally. This year’s results will again see it confirmed as one of the best too.

Overall, learners at the College secured a pass rate of 99.2% at A Level, against a national pass rate of 97.6%.

No fewer than 35 subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Literature and Spanish. The College’s leading local and national role in STEM (Science, Technology, Maths, and Engineering) was evidenced once more, in both the high quality of student outcomes, and in the large and growing volumes of entries.

For example, 222 (46 in Further Maths) students gained an A Level pass, 139 passed Biology, 139 were successful in Chemistry, and 121 in Physics. These successes followed earlier results in STEM subjects at the college on the International Baccalaureate and in vocational Diplomas such as Applied Science and Engineering.

Many traditional ‘facilitating’ subjects also saw very high levels of entry, with 304 students gaining an English A level, 130 passing Geography and 136 History. 

Bradley can't wait to start his higher-level apprenticeship with the Dyson Institute in Malmesbury

Speaking as hundreds of students attended both Truro and Penwith College campuses to collect their results, a delighted David Walrond, Principal, said: “These really are outstanding results. The rise in higher-grade achievement is particularly pleasing in the context of the new, more challenging linear A levels. I am delighted for all the class of 2018 and I wish them well in the many exceptional university and employment opportunities that now await them. I pay tribute to the excellent teaching and support staff here who have worked with them to make this happen.”

The A Level results cap off what has been a remarkable year for student achievement at the College. Earlier in the year, nearly 900 students successfully completed their two-year, Level 3 (A Level equivalent) vocational qualifications in which 64% achieved a triple distinction, against a national rate of 38%. Over 250 students achieved the highest possible grade, the Triple Distinction Star on BTEC Diploma courses.  

Jonah, Danielle and Paul were all thrilled with their results

There were many outstanding individual success stories for A Level students.

Penwith College student Danielle Hinton from Carbis Bay couldn’t believe it when she opened her envelope to see an A* next to all three of her subjects – Maths, Further Maths and Physics.

Her time at College will be remembered not only for her impressive grades but also for the College itself. “It feels more like a community here,” she said. “It’s small and close and is a beautiful campus. Alongside my A Levels I did the Academic Academy, which was great, and went to a physics employers fair, which really helped me see what sort of careers I can go into.”

Danielle is now looking forward to studying a degree and masters in Physics at Exeter University.

Twins Jowan and Felix were both delighted by their results

Twin brothers Felix and Jowan Fromentin from Gweek opened their A Levels results together and were delighted to achieve straight A’s and A*’s over six subjects.

Having been together throughout their academic years so far, the twins are now going separate ways. Felix is heading to Durham University to study Geology in September while Jowan is staying in Cornwall to do a work placement with Engineered Arts, creators of the Robothespian.

Jowan has hopes of going to Cambridge or following his brother Felix to Durham the following year. 

While the pair said there was no real rivalry between them as they studied different subjects and gave each other moral support, Felix added: “It’s funny because I did better than him at GCSE but he’s beaten me at A Level with three A*s. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our tutors and by really enjoying the subjects.”

Bradley Copp from Redruth is about to embark on a dream position thanks to a higher-level apprenticeship with the Dyson Institute in Malmesbury. The renowned vacuum company is funding Bradley’s Electronics degree with Warwick University, which he secured having undergone five stages of interviews.

Bradley was awarded an A* in Electronics, A’s in Maths and Physics and a B in Computer Science. On top of his studies, he was also a member of the College’s music academy as well as working as a freelance DJ and in a part-time job.

“I chose electronics as an easy option but soon began to fall in love with it thanks to inspiration from my lecturer Jon,” he said.

Ella-Mae Earnshaw from Newquay was delighted to receive A*’s in English Literature and Fine Art and an A in History. On top of her studies, Ella-Mae was a member of the Academic Academy, which helped her to broaden her knowledge.

“College is a great stepping stone between school and University as you have more independence. I’m really looking forward to fulfilling my lifetime dream and heading to Kings College London to study English in September,” she said.