Data recently published by the DfE analysing post-16 provision in Cornwall has confirmed that Truro School continues to be the leading post-16 provider of A Levels in the county.
The data analyses the performance of all post-16 providers, considering key factors such as the number of students passing three or more A Levels, the average points score and grade equivalent per A Level entry and the number of students achieving AAB in two or more ‘facilitating subjects’.
In Cornwall, Truro School’s record of 94% of students achieving three or more passes at A Level is the highest for all providers. Similarly, the average points score per entry of 241.8 (a key measure of quality), which equates to a B grade, is the highest in the county. Finally, with 36% of A Level students achieving three A Levels at AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects, Truro School has topped the tables.
With the recent changes to university admissions policies, whereby universities are able to recruit as many students as they can accommodate who are predicted to, or who achieve, at least ABB, it is of great significance that the average equivalent grade per entry for Truro School last year was grade B. The results show that 77% of all A Level exam papers were graded A*-B, considerably ahead of other Cornish schools. Given the competition for places at the leading universities, which include the Russell group and the former 1994 group of universities, Truro School students can be proud of their achievement in what the DfE has termed facilitating subjects. These currently include Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English Literature, Geography, History and Modern Languages and the Sciences.
Headmaster Andrew Gordon-Brown said: “I am delighted that this government data confirms the strengths of the school in offering the opportunities for Cornish students to successfully study and apply for the most competitive courses and universities within the UK.”
“However,” he continues, “academic success is just one part of the picture. A Level grades may open the door to further study, but it is the enriching co-curricular and leadership opportunities that Truro School offers in the Sixth Form that will allow our students to impress at interview, succeed in their further studies and progress to successful and rewarding careers beyond their formal education. Credit must be given to the staff, students and parents for their support and hard work.”