Headmaster’s Blog – Thursday 13 August 2014

Although the students don’t know it, A Level results day can be almost as nerve-wracking for teachers as it is for them. The hope and expectancy that your students will get the results they deserve, and your quiet confidence that all will be well, is counter-balanced with the fear of the unknown. And so, it has been lovely to witness the joyful interaction between teachers and students this morning as we have celebrated another fine set of exam results.

 

I was a little apprehensive myself given recent changes to the A Level system of examinations. So, it’s pleasing to see that, for the second successive year, our A* and A grades have increased in direct contrast with the national picture.

 

It’s fair to say that the next steps are more important than the results themselves. Although we are still working through the UCAS outcomes, it appears that there is a terrific story to tell about students gaining places at their first choice universities, or taking up their insurance offers in some cases. A Level results are a key ingredient to unlock these next steps, but university offers are made mindful of the whole person. Truro School’s reputation as a great springboard to first choice universities, colleges or jobs couldn’t be more important.

 

This year’s results have a very solid feel about them across the Arts:Science divide. On the one hand, although smaller in number, all students engaged in creative and performing arts courses (Art, Design Technology, Music) achieved an A*,A or B. On the other hand the Maths candidates, large in number, have done very well with over 60% of them achieving top A*/A grades. Our reputation as the ‘go to’ place to study Geology is reaffirmed with 89% of all exams graded A*-B. I could go on….

 

You can read a breakdown of the results here.

 

Each year a good number of students choose to explore their subject passions in real depth by taking on an independent research project known as the Extended Project Qualification. For some this involves writing up a dissertation, for others it involves creating an artefact. Whatever the route chosen this year, the students have excelled.

 

I will sign off by wishing our Upper Sixth Leavers many congratulations on their results. The pleasure has been ours.

 

See some pictures from the day on our Facebook page.