GCSE Results Summary 2015
Students at Truro School are in fine spirits today following an excellent set of GCSE results. Over half of all grades awarded were A* or A, with nearly one quarter at the top A* standard. 13 academic departments had over half of their grades at A* or A. Overall, 94% of all exams were graded A* to C with the success is spread across the arts, humanities, languages and sciences.
An outstanding 20% of students got a full set of A* or A grades with 14 students achieving eight or more A* grades. Jamie Craze and Matthew Johns both achieved 12 A* grades. Jamie, who is currently training at a fencing camp in Hungary, spoke over the phone,
“I put a lot of effort into my GCSEs and I was definitely hoping for good grades, but I’m a little surprised at getting 12A*s. I’m currently in Hungary on a fencing training camp for one week and I fly back on Saturday when I will celebrate with my family. Next year I am planning to continue studying at Truro School Sixth Form. I have no idea on what I want to do for a career yet, I’ve just picked the subjects I enjoy the most and will continue with them at A Level.”
Caitlin Maxwell and Maria Chart, another two of Truro School’s top ranked GB fencers, achieved eleven A*s and ten A*s and A grade respectively.
The sciences continue to do well, led by the school’s Geology department where 72% of the grades were at A* or A. Two thirds of the first cohort of students studying Electronics achieved an A* or A grade. The Modern Languages Department was also in the spotlight with thirteen linguists awarded two or more A or A* grades across French, Spanish and German.
The school’s Drama students also impressed with 83% A* or A grades; the memory of their practical devised theatre pieces is still resonant as they prepare for their Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere production, Academy of Risk – a new play written by cube theatre actor and director, Ben Symes. Sophia Thompson who is off to Edinburgh at the weekend said,
“I’m really pleased with my results. In drama I was one mark of 100% and got an A*. I also achieved an A in music followed by seven Bs and two Cs. I am now going to stay at the Sixth Form and study English, Music and Drama. I won’t be celebrating tonight as we have the first full dress rehearsal for Academy of Risk in the Burrell Theatre. However, I’ll probably go out to have a meal with my family before I head to the Edinburgh Fringe on Saturday.”
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown spoke to parents and students as they came and collected results. Now in his third year at Truro School, he said,
“I am beginning to run out of superlatives to describe the continuing and impressive success of the students at Truro School, who never cease to amaze me with the breadth and depth of their achievements. Last Thursday and today has given me the opportunity to share successes not only with the students but with their parents who continuously support their sons and daughters in so many different ways – in the audience, on the side-lines and with those late night revision snacks.”
He went on to say,
“The results from today bode well for the Sixth Form in September, where so many of our 5th Year (Year 11) students are staying on to study with us – joined by many new students from across the county and beyond.”