Subject(s) studied: IB Diploma- Higher Level Chemistry, English and History, Standard Level Maths, French and Biology
Previous school: Mounts Bay Academy
What’s next: Taking a gap year before studying History and Beginner’s German at university.
The IB allowed Poppy to continue studying all of the subjects she enjoyed in secondary school, and now she has received an offer from the University of Oxford to study.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is what drew Poppy towards Truro College; the College is the only provider of the IB in Cornwall and is the joint top state IB provider according to The Times Parent Power League Table. Poppy said: “I came to Truro College because it offers the IB and I felt it would be the perfect choice for me, since I liked all subjects in secondary school!
“I think the most significant difference between secondary school and the IB is the coursework for each subject. I felt it gave me broader knowledge of each subject, especially the Extended Essay in History.”
Many students at Truro and Penwith College enjoy the more mature atmosphere in comparison to school. Poppy agreed with this: “What I most enjoy about college is the freedom, like deciding how you study and meeting with friends. When I have the time, I also love going to gym or classes.”
The College also offers a wide range of Enrichment activities for students to take part in. Poppy used this opportunity to continue her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and go for gold: “I chose Gold DofE because I really enjoyed Bronze and Silver, and the motivation they gave me to keep up with hobbies. The practice expedition was absolutely the best part as we spent four sunny days walking the coast path!”
Poppy is going further thanks to her time at Truro College. Now in her second year, she is making plans for when she finishes college: “I will take a gap year and work in Australia; I’m currently looking for an internship! I’ll then go on to study History and Beginner’s German at university.”