Truro and Penwith College is celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate on its International Baccalaureate programme, which was ranked in the top ten nationally on the Sunday Times list.

Students achieved an average point score of 35 out of a total of the possible 45, which is an average performance equivalent to at least AAB at A-level. Many individual marks were much higher, with a fifth of the cohort scoring over 40 points.

Within this group James Healey from St Agnes scored an impressive 42 points and is going to read law with French law at Oxford University.

Dominique Reischl also achieved 42 points and is going to read social work at the University of Edinburgh. Rebecca Pearse from Truro scored 41 points and will also be progressing to Oxford University to read experimental psychology.

Guy Essex, IB co-ordinator at Truro College, said: “These excellent results once again demonstrate the huge effort, commitment and determination of our IB students, and the very high quality of teaching and learning on this programme.”

The International Baccalaureate or “IB” diploma is a two-year course that is an alternative to A-levels, allowing students to continue to study a wider range of subjects at an advanced level.

It is an internationally recognised university entry qualification and is recognised by all UK universities.

More than 70 students from across Cornwall have been accepted onto the IB programme this coming September.