Headmaster’s Blog, Wednesday 19 August 2015

Nearly a week on from the publication of the A Level results, and we now have a fuller picture of the achievements of our Upper Sixth students. Their hard work coupled with the sound advice from our Sixth Form team has truly paid off – as things currently stand 95% of the Upper Sixth leavers have gained entry to their 1st choice or insurance choice university with 76% of them in the former category. This is good news indeed. In fact, Miss Thompson, our Head of University Applications persevered with a few students who missed their offer by a grade. For Sadie Hallett this was invaluable; following a remark to one of her papers, her mark was upgraded and she gained her place at her first choice, Oxford University. As a dark blue supporter myself, I know she is in for an inspiring and challenging few years.
 
I was reminded last week about the profound effect music can have on people’s lives. We have had the National Youth Training Choir staying with us for a residential which culminated in a concert in Truro Cathedral on Saturday evening. Two of our very own Truro School students are among this 99 strong choir, Beth Williams and Jonathan Hunkin. The quality of their singing was utterly sublime, with a repertoire that looked West, exploring music from Canada down to Brazil, from the 16th century to the present day. After some rapturous applause, the choir’s superb conductor, Robert Isaacs, described how the young men and women in the group are such a deep and profound inspiration to him and his team. I can only echo his words when I think of the terrific music making that goes on at Truro School each year.
 
And so we await GCSE results which are released tomorrow. I look forward to seeing many students and parents first thing in the morning. There will be nerve-calming tea, coffee and yummy pastries in the Sixth Form café from 8.30am, with results available for collection from 9am.