It was good to see many parents of our 4th Year pupils earlier in the week to talk about the GCSE years and beyond. From 2015, all young people are required to be in education and training until 18, so the option of an extended surfing holiday at 16 is no longer an option. Not that this has been a particular problem for us! The point is that the 128 young men and women in the 4th Year have commenced their four year journey towards the end of school.
If you read The Times newspaper’s Good University Guide this week, the ‘employability’ buzzword features prominently. Students are rightly looking for a degree and a university that will pay dividends in terms of setting them up for future employment. To be sure, it’s by no means the only reason for a good education, but it strikes me that the university fee arrangements have certainly pushed it up the agenda. This means that plotting a good course over the next four years is more crucial than ever, and will have a significant influence on years after that. It’s also a reminder that excellent academic qualifications will need to combine with personal qualities and skills as the key ingredients for success.
We recruit a good number of students into our Sixth Form each year and we look forward to the forthcoming Sixth Form open evening on Wednesday 9 October. I will be writing to 5th Year parents shortly to invite them to the event – the evening is a good opportunity to look at the breadth of our curriculum beyond A Levels, and to begin to plan the journey together.
I have to sign off with a huge congratulations to Sir Ben Ainslie CBE (CO95) for helping Team Oracle to win the America’s Cup. If you didn’t see the racing, do get onto YouTube – sensational stuff. There is certainly excitement building in anticipation of Sir Ben coming to Truro School 23 October to open our new sports centre.
Mr A S Gordon-Brown