Truro College is top state-funded, non-selective provider for the IB Diploma

Students and staff at Truro College are celebrating after coming out as the top ranked College provider of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the country.

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

The Sunday Times Parent Power league tables ranked the IB Diploma at Truro College, recognised worldwide as an excellent alternative to A Levels, top for Colleges and in fourth place overall behind three selective grammar schools.

The Parent Power League Table is compiled using results data submitted by individual institutions. Truro College has offered the IB Diploma for 20 years and remains the only provider in Cornwall, offering up to 100 students a place at any one time.

In August 2018, the College celebrated an exceptional year of results, with an average point score per student of 36, which is equivalent to three A* grades and one A grade at A Level, far above the national average point score of 29.78.

Many students achieved above the College’s average point score with one student, Alanna Gardella from Truro, achieving a perfect score of 45 and becoming one of the top IB students globally.

Alanna was very appreciative of the course and what it enabled her to achieve; studying Law at Durham University.

“I’d say that although the IB was challenging, it was a very rewarding experience that always required hard work and focus, especially because you have to use such a wide range of skills in the different IB subjects,” she said.  “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.

“I think one of the great things about the IB is that because we are such a tiny group, classes are much smaller. This means there can be more focus on each individual student and creates a close, friendly atmosphere, which likely helped to increase my performance in lectures and exams.”

Caroline Keech, IB Coordinator at the College, was delighted with the news of the College’s placing, saying: “Going into our 20th year of providing the IB at Truro College we are thrilled with our placing in the Sunday Times Parent Power league, which is a testament to all the hard work of our students and IB staff. On the International Baccalaureate at Truro College we are absolutely committed to building an inclusive, non-selective, collaborative learning community where students with a range of academic ability and wider interests can build a broad and balanced programme of study that suits their needs.”

Mark Wardle, the College’s Director of Curriculum, said: “We are so very proud of the achievements of our IB students. They have once again excelled and achieved scores amongst the very best in the world. The IB provides students with a rounded education in which they get to study six different subjects and develop their broader skills. It prepares them for higher education and their next steps by challenging their academic and personal skills. As a College, we are delighted to be the top non-selective provider as it demonstrates our commitment to ensuring students make progress in their time with us and that they fulfil their potential.”

The IB Diploma offers students the chance to challenge themselves while enjoying a range of six core subject areas including Languages, Science, Mathematics and the Arts, an aspect that students often give as a deciding factor when choosing the qualification. If you’re interested in finding out more about the IB Diploma, you can visit the IB Diploma Information Evening at Truro College on Thursday 17 January at 7.30pm, where there will be a presentation and talks from staff and course alumni.