Date Posted... Aug 24th 2023

Smiles and Successes for GCSE Results Day

“Elowyn has been at Truro School since she was three years old. She has had exceptionally good support from the teachers and has been given endless positivity. It couldn’t be a better school.”

Amidst today’s GCSE excitement, we caught up with some of our pupils as they opened this year’s results alongside friends, family and staff.

15 pupils achieved at least nine of the top grades of 8 or 9, including some who have achieved grade 9s in every subject taken. Well done to Alice who achieved an exceptional 12 GCSEs all at grade 9 and to Kai, who gained eleven grade 9s and one grade 8 in his results today.

The pupils who were awarded Diploma Scholarships in the Spring for our Sixth Form have gone on to average 85% of grades at 9-7. This is a wonderful achievement as the Diploma Scholarship is awarded for more than just academic potential; it exists to nurture the wider talents and interests that ensure our Sixth Form stays diverse and dynamic, and an environment in which pupils with ambition can be supported to thrive.

One scholar, Elowyn, who achieved two grade 8s and eight grade 9s (with a 5 in Further Maths) spent last night in A&E with a suspected fractured rib but was “really relieved and really happy” to have been given the all clear and an outstanding set of GCSE results just a few hours later. She will be studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Truro School Sixth Form. “It felt right for me to stay at Truro School. I can do what I want to do here better than anywhere else.”

Her father, Richard Parris remarked, “Elowyn has been at Truro School since she was three years old. She has had exceptionally good support from the teachers and has been given endless positivity. It couldn’t be a better school.”

Finn, who is an avid sports enthusiast is another of our Sixth Form scholars who performed well today, achieving seven grade 8s and 9s. He shared, “I’m hoping to go into Chemical Engineering, so my A-Level subjects will be Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Geology. I’m looking forward to joining the Sixth Form and am excited about the opportunities that the Diploma will bring. My teachers have been amazing, especially Mrs Vaughan who has been an excellent teacher and really supportive.”

Pax also joins the scholarship program for Sixth Form. Having been a chorister, a member of the Les Mis cast and the Truro School rugby team, he is excited about starting his A-Levels in Chemistry, Geology, DT and his Leith’s certificate. “I’m really passionate about Geology and the teaching is brilliant here.”

Congratulations also to Rebecca, who achieved a fantastic 10 GCSEs all at grade 9. Having been at Truro School since the 1st year, Rebecca credits the amazing teachers who have supported her at the school. Her mum, Anna Chellamuthu, tells us, “Truro School has been incredibly supportive throughout her time here. They foster an atmosphere to help pupils to do their best without super amounts of pressure.”

Rebecca tells us, “I am thrilled with my results. A huge thank you in particular to Miss Magnin, Dr Spring and Miss Overend for their inspiration and support. I am really looking forward to my A-Levels in September when I will be studying Biology, Chemistry and English Literature.“ She will be celebrating today with a “special tea and a shopping trip to Exeter.”

Nia is one pupil who relishes all aspects of school life and has taken part in music and drama events including last year’s performance of Les Mis. She also took on the 2023 Ten Tors challenge, plays hockey and was a member of this year’s winners of the U16s Netball Sisters in Sport National Bowl.

She was ecstatic and excited about starting Sixth Form at Truro School after achieving an excellent set of ten GCSEs at grade 6 and above, with two grade 7s and three grade 8s.

“I did a lot better than I thought I would and am pleasantly surprised! I did well all around, especially in my weaker subjects.” She is studying Biology, Geography and Psychology A-Levels and undertaking an EPQ and the Leith’s Cookery Course. “It’s a lot, but I think I can manage it all here. I do a lot of sport and I love that I can stay at Truro School and do all the other bits I enjoy alongside the academic subjects.”

Louis, who is a keen cricketer and rugby player and is also working towards his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL), got the grades he needed to pursue A-Levels in Maths, Geography and Business at Truro School Sixth Form. Despite being predicted a grade 4 in Maths, he was supported by teachers and staff and achieved a grade 7 in the subject. He feels that staying at Truro School for Sixth Form will allow him to explore his other interests alongside his academic studies.

His mum, Alex Taylor tells us, “Louis will be nurtured here at Truro School. If he makes the wrong choices, he will be helped back on track. That’s the difference here; he won’t become lost and will have the grounding to go on to achieve and pursue his other interests.”

The family will be “going out to eat lots of food” to celebrate Louis’ achievements today.

Another family who was celebrating were siblings Philip and Kate. Philip gained ten GCSEs today, including two 9s, two 8s and three 7s. His time at Truro School has given him academic support whilst allowing him to pursue further interests including rugby, the Ten Tors and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. His sister, Kate, received her A-Level results last week from Truro School and is now off to study Physical Geography at Liverpool University.

Their proud father, Colin Whiting explained how Truro School combines academic strength with “a friendly school that allows students to explore the different threads they can step into, whether that is drama or the Ten Tors or just having a go at something new.” The family will be celebrating with a takeaway tonight and a party at the weekend.

Congratulations also go to those students who sat additional examinations early, including Miles, who sat his GCSE Music in the 4th Year (Year 10) and secured a Grade 8. Miles was a chorister and plays piano and trumpet. Miles’ father Rober said today, “Miles learned so much about musical theory through his experience as a Boy Chorister and Mr Thomson and Mr Palmer have been an amazing support through his musical journey, and not afraid to give him little nudges along the way.”

Andy Johnson, the Head of Truro School, is delighted with all that has been achieved. He stated “We are immensely proud of the range and diversity of educational journeys undertaken by our lower and middle schools. Today is an opportunity to celebrate the academic successes that are vital to those journeys, as well as to commend all our pupils for their achievements alongside and beyond their studies.”

Fresh from competing at the European Surf Championships, Eva and her family were beaming after opening her GCSE results to find one grade 9, two grade 8s and four grade 7s. Eva is eager to pursue her future in Environmental Science, remaining as close to the ocean as possible. Eva commented, “I would like to thank Mrs. Wormald for her ongoing guidance and all my teachers who helped out so much in preparation for my exams.” We look forward to hearing how Eva gets on and wish her the best for her future.

Ben was similarly delighted with his results of three 9s, four 8s, two 7s and a GCSE in Further Maths. Ben’s dad Jeremy said, “Today has been a huge relief, Ben has worked incredibly hard and is very much on track for his ambition to study in the USA eventually. He is looking forward to continuing his A-levels at Truro School. He has benefited from all his sporting achievements at Truro School as well as playing for the Exeter Chiefs.”

Thea had to receive her results remotely today as she is currently on an exchange programme with Truro School to South Africa. We have no doubt that she will be delighted with her excellent grades, which include two 9s and three 8s.

Mr Johnson finished by saying, “I wish all of our pupils bright futures ahead and welcome into our School family those joining us for Sixth Form who have chosen to pursue their ambitions through our Diploma programme off the back of their own great GCSE achievements. Well done to you all.”

Prospective pupils and their families are warmly invited to join us at our Open Day on Saturday, October 7, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, or our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday, September 26, from 5 pm to 8 pm. These will be fantastic opportunities to explore the School and to meet pupils and staff.

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