Headmaster's Blog, Thursday 13 August 2015

The rather soggy weather could not dampen spirits this morning as our Upper Sixth leavers came back to school to collect their results. Overall, they are the best results for a few years with over three quarters of all exams graded A*, A or B. Over the last year my observations have been that they were a cohort for whom hard work was the norm and so they thoroughly deserve their achievements.
 
What the students perhaps don’t know is that there were plenty of teachers having sleepless nights last night as well. It often takes even the most experienced teachers by surprise each year that those pre-results butterflies come fluttering back. The sixth form students routinely speak of the fantastic relationships they have with their subject teachers, form tutors and head of year and this was evident again this morning, whether in joyful celebration or to support those who may be disappointed with the outcome.
 
The early university admissions stats look very encouraging, the vast majority of students having secured places at their first choice universities. The national trend of students taking opportunities further afield is evident; Yvonne is off to Northwestern University in the USA to study engineering, Nini is off to read Politics and Economics at Lithuania’s ISM University of Management and Economics, while Anton will attend The Hague University to study industrial design.
 
Five of Truro School’s Upper Sixth Oxbridge students have excelled. Katie has been accepted into Oxford to read French and German at St Hugh’s College and Marina is set to read Philosophy at Cambridge’s Sidney Sussex College. Cambridge entrants include James and Sophie who are both going to read Natural Sciences at Magdalene College and Downing College respectively. These students notched up 12 A* grades and 2 A grades between them.
 
I’m delighted with the breadth of success across departments where in fourteen subjects at least half of students achieved A*/A grades. Of particular note is Truro School’s continued success in bucking national trends with excellence in science and modern language results. In Physics and Geology over two thirds of grades were at A* or A, and in French, German and Spanish, the department was rewarded with over 80% A*-A grades. These successes should not detract from our impressive results in the arts and humanities, with History and English Literature each receiving 88% grades at A*-B and all Music candidates achieving grades at this standard.
 
So, a good day at the office.