Headmaster's Blog Thursday 15 August 2013

The Sixth Form common room has been abuzz this morning with many delighted faces. They have every right to be pleased and have, once again, done themselves and Truro School proud. From a cohort of 100 students, 76% of all A level exams taken were graded A*, A or B, with 25 students achieving three A grades or higher. It will take a week or two for the final picture to emerge post re-marks, and history suggests that this will add further shine to an already good story.


The results of the Extended Project Qualification (an independent research project) were outstanding; 86% of candidates achieved A*-B, 43% of whom have secured a top A* grade. In eight subjects, 50% or more students achieved A* or A grades with success across the spectrum of both sciences and humanities.


The breadth of achievements is particularly noteworthy with 67% of our Sixth Form students achieving an A grade in at least one subject. As a school with a mission to ensure that the potential of every student is developed, it is wonderful to see how inspired this group has been to excel academically. We are delighted that all six of our Oxbridge candidates achieved their offers with no fewer than 12 A* grades between them. Congratulations must go to Harriet Skidmore and Jonny Mailes for a clean sweep of four A* grades each. A further eight students were hot on their heels with at least 2 A*s and an A or higher. A level exam results remain the primary currency used by students to gain access to the universities of their choice. Early indications are that the vast majority of our students have now successfully opened this door.


It’s at times like these that my propensity to number crunch comes into its own. Over both a five and a ten year period, our Sixth Form students have averaged 75% A*- B across all A levels. This year’s 76% is another strong set of results. It reinforces Truro School’s reputation as a leading school in Cornwall and is a strong platform from which we will build.


These results reflect the fact that Truro School is a place where students are known as individuals and encouraged to be excellent human beings. The other half of our education takes place outside the classroom. This year’s leavers have made the most of the opportunities on offer; a quarter of them achieved their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards. They were a year group of extraordinary musical and sporting ability. They were also such terrific role models to our younger pupils, many of them having recently returned from trips to Uganda and Peru where they were putting their talents to good use in the service of others. Esse Quam Videri, indeed.


Mr A S Gordon-Brown