A Level Results Day – Students Celebrate 99.7% Pass Rate

There were smiles all around in Truro School’s Sixth Form Common Room this morning as A-Level students celebrated two years of hard work with an overall 99.7% pass rate.

Over one-third of all grades were A* or A, with nearly two-thirds of grades between A* and B.

Headmaster’s View and Results Summary
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown was at the forefront of proceedings and said:

“I am delighted to see so many smiles and tears of joy in our Sixth Form Common Room today. These results are the culmination of two years of dedication from our students and indeed everyone involved with Truro School.
What has impressed me the most is some of the individual achievements in our Sixth Form, not just from the 15 students who achieved three A*/A’s or better, but also those students who have excelled in specialist areas, many performing above expectations. There are also a number of triumphs for students for whom more modest grades are a real success story.

When focusing on academic subjects there are strong performances across a broad spectrum; Maths, Physics and Modern Foreign Languages have done particularly well with approximately 75% of students achieving A*-B. A very similar picture is evident in the Humanities with History and Religious Studies.
The results in the Creative and Performing Arts arena continue to excel here at Truro School with more than 75% of our students achieving A*-B in the subjects of Art, Drama, Design Technology and Music.

I have also been impressed with our stellar performance in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), a subject which represents an optional extra A-Level qualification that allows pupils to study any topic of interest during their two years in the Sixth Form. I am over the moon to see that a phenomenal 79% of projects were graded A*-A in the EPQ. This is a great celebration of the individuality of our students that we embrace so much here at Truro School.”


Success Stories

Amongst all the hugs and emotion there have been some notable success stories for a number of Truro School students.

Lauren Nilsson – Mechanical Engineering at Bath University

With a shortage of female engineers, Lauren has an exciting future ahead of her after achieving 4 A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics.

Lauren, who was tearful and emotional, said:

“It’s been amazing, loads of support, the teachers are great and always there to give advice. It’s been an emotional and nervous day. It means everything, I was really worried and I couldn’t be happier.”


Otto Mead – Chaucer PLC Apprenticeship

While most of his friends will be heading off to university in September, Otto has secured himself a prestigious Chaucer Syndicates’ Apprenticeship in London.

The Underwriting programme with the leading insurance group will support Otto in achieving Chartered insurance status, leaving him with not only well-rounded experience within the business, but the foundation to start his career.

Oliver Dobbs – A* and A’s across 5 A Levels

Oliver exceeded his expectations with fantastic results, achieving 3 A*s in Economics, Maths and his EPQ and 2 As in English and Religious Studies.

“I’m very happy, I came to Truro School just for the sixth form and my GCSE results weren’t brilliant. When I first came I was predicted A, B, B so this shows the transformation I’ve had here both as a person and academically.”

Oliver will be taking a gap year with a month studying at Princeton University and then spending time in Oxford and has his sights set on Oxford University for 2017.

Sneha Sen – accepted to Cambridge with straight A*s

Sneha was very happy with her A Level results, with A*s across the board in French, German and Maths and says it will be an emotional goodbye to Truro School after studying here for six years.

“Everyone has been really helpful and supportive, it’s nice because the classes at A Level are quite small so you get a lot of pastoral support. I think it’s only just hitting me now that I’m leaving.”

Sneha has been accepted in to the University of Cambridge and will be going on to study Linguistics there from September.


Annabel Mackinlay – Scholarship at London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre and Arts

Sweeny Todd in the Burrell Theatre, Truro

Young drama enthusiast Annabel Mackinlay has confirmed her place at one of the world’s leading Drama Schools with a full scholarship, of which only two were being offered.

Annabel, who was performing in Truro School’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe show this time last year, will start at London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre and Arts in September.

Phoebe Piercy – Off to the World’s Number 1 Ranked University

Phoebe Piercy, Truro School’s Head Girl, stunned teachers with an incredible 6 A*s in Chemistry, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics and the Extended Project Qualification.

Phoebe also scored top marks in Geology, a result that has only ever been achieved once before in the examining board’s history.
After opening her results, Phoebe said:

“It makes all the hard work worthwhile, having put so much time into revision. The teachers have put time aside whenever I needed extra revision sessions, they have been so supportive it’s been amazing.”


Phoebe will shortly be flying out to America to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the world’s number one ranked university. She said:


“I am crazy excited to go to America, to meet all the different people, it will be a lot more diverse.”


After the crowds dissipated, Mr Gordon-Brown took time to reflect and finished by saying:

“Our dedicated careers and university admissions teams have been on hand throughout the year and I am really pleased to see this crop of talented young students moving on to take up some life-changing opportunities whether at the world’s finest research universities, subject-specific specialist universities or job placements. It’s fair to say that this fine cohort of students are ready to go out and influence the world for the better.

I would like to finish by saying a very special thank you to all of our teachers who have nurtured the individual talents of our A Level students over the course of the last two years.”

Did we miss you?
Send us your success story for the Truro School website, twitter and facebook page. Contact Ben Trebilcock via bjt@truroschool.com

A Level Results Summary 2016

Coming soon…

A summary of our A Level results will be available to view in the near future following the finalisation of grade boundaries after exam remark requests.