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Helston Community College headteacher Dr Pat McGovern with top performing student David Hosking, who achieved 5A* grades in maths, further maths, additional further maths, physics and chemistry. 

He is heading to Oxford University to study physics. 






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TRURO SCHOOL: There were tears of joy as Sixth Formers at Truro High School opened their results today.

With an overall pass rate of 100%, 42% of grades achieved were either A* or A, 72% were A* to B and 84% were A * to C.

Katie Purohit, from Goonhavern, was the school’s top performing student after getting four A*s in Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Biology.  She will now to go to Cambridge University to study Medicine.

“I’m stunned,” said Katie, who has been at the school since Year 7.  “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor.”


Other high-achieving students include Annie McKelvey, from Newquay, who is going to Edinburgh University to study Maths after getting 2 A*s for Maths and Further Maths and an A for Physics and Harriet Winn, from Mithian, who is off to Leeds University to study Accountancy after getting an A* in Maths and two As in Chemistry and PE.

“I really wasn’t expecting that,” said Harriet, as everyone in the room clapped at her excitement.  “It’s fabulous, thank you so much.”

Harriet’s Mum, Clare Morgan, was equally ecstatic.

“This ends seventeen years of our being associated with Truro High because my eldest daughter Claudia came here when she was three,” she said.  “I can’t thank everyone enough – both the girls have had a wonderful time here.”

Students will now be going on to a variety of universities including Bath, King’s College, London, St Andrew’s and Cardiff to study subjects ranging from Neuroscience to Fashion, Modern Languages to Psychology and Classics to English Literature.

“The girls’ results are excellent and it’s lovely to see so many happy faces,” said Dr Glenn Moodie, the school’s new Headmaster who officially starts on 1 September.  “They have worked very hard and been supported by a team of dedicated staff.  We all wish them well for the future.”

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Danielle Butler from Camborne Harriet Winn from Mithian Sophie Laws from Truro and Megan Douglas from the Isles of Scilly

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Jamie-Lee Job from Perranporth and Katie Purohit from St Agnes, who is going to study Medicine at Cambridge University


FALMOUTH SCHOOL: A summer of waiting is over for many A-level students who arrived at Falmouth School to collect their results this morning.

Today was the culmination of two years of A-level studies, and many students found out whether or not they will be taking their places at university in the autumn.

Pupils achieved a 100% pass rate at A-level, with over 70% of grades in the A*-C  range, and all students taking English literature, French, geography, further mathematics, performing arts, photography, physical education and sport attaining a grade of C or better.

Deputy headteacher Alex George said: "All of our students have worked really hard, we are very proud of their acheivements and wish each of them every success in the future."

The school praised outstanding individual performances from Beth Wilkinson (A*, 2A and A* in extended project), Eli Wyatt (A*, A and B) Isabel Steele (3A), Will Stott (3A and B), Rosie Venner (A*, B and C) Sam Heslop-George (2A and C), Tamzin Dewar (A, 3B and A in extended project) and Zoe Underwood (A,B and C).

For the second year running students on the performing arts diploma course excelled, with every student achieving a distinction* or distinction grade (equivalent to A* and A grades). Ethan Brokenshaw and Poppy Head achieved three distinction * grades each, and Alexander Bradshaw achieved a triple distinction.

For the first time at Falmouth School students completed vocational courses in hairdressing, childcare and construction.

Alex said: “Results in these courses were outstanding and many congratulations go to our students for all of their hard work and dedication.”

The results this year mark a five per cent drop in the number of pupils achieving A*-C grades, down from 75 per cent last year.


Commenting on today’s AS and A level results Andy Woolley, South West Regional Secretary of the NUT, the largest teachers’ union said:


“Congratulations to all students receiving their A level results, on what is a significant and nerve wracking day in their lives. A levels are demanding courses. At a time of unprecedented change in education policy, teachers have continued to put students first and support them to achieve their personal best.  For those who did not get the results they needed do not despair there will be a range of options available to help you continue with the next stage in your education or career.


“Under the Coalition Government, A levels alongside GCSEs, have been subjected to rushed and ill thought out reforms. The plans for ‘stand-alone’ AS levels in future and for a final 3 hour examination at the end of A level courses, may disadvantage many students. Many will miss out on the opportunity to get the grades they deserve and have their choices for future courses or employment limited.  It will be important to monitor in the future whether specific groups of students have been unfairly disadvantaged by rushed qualification changes which have not been properly consulted upon or subjected to a trial or pilot to evaluate their likely impact. 


“The achievements of students, and their teachers today is a real testament to their commitment and enthusiasm but in future there remains a need for a serious debate about a qualifications system for 14-19 year olds. We need qualifications which recognise the strength of all students and would offer courses that are of use for the modern world. It is essential that teachers are a part of this debate and such an important issue is not left to politicians alone”. 


“I hope that politicians will reflect that these results build not only on recent work but on all the input from teachers between reception class and the final year at school.   Teachers build on the work of their predecessors and also work collaboratively with current colleagues in team teaching, cross-curricular work and pastoral support for children having difficulty as particular points in their school lives.  That is why it is particularly inappropriate to attempt to introduce a performance related pay system in schools which would be a disincentive to share and collaborate in this way.  Teachers work best in co-operation with each other not in competition for limited financial resources to increase their pay”.



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Students at Falmouth School




HELSTON COLLEGE: Students at Helston Community College are celebrating another set of top results, with more than ever receiving A* and A grades.

As a result the average overall grade received by the year group as a whole is close to a B.

More than three-quarters of A-level grades awarded were C or better, with a significant number of students achieving the top grade of A* and progressing to top universities, including four heading to Oxford and Cambridge.

The pass rate was 100 per cent for 36 out of 38 subjects, while students who studied BTECs achieved an average grade of between a Distinction* and a Distinction.

Subjects which performed particularly well included maths, English literature, biology, chemistry, physics, fine art, art and design, photography and textiles.

Headteacher Dr Pat McGovern, attending his last A-level results day in the role, said: “Once again we are delighted with the outstanding results gained by the students of the college.

“The average A-level grade of B/C is a remarkable achievement from a truly comprehensive post-16 college.”

He added that 105 of the college’s students had received university places – a record number – including all of the students who were offered places at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

“I would like to pay tribute to the dedicated hard work and commitment of all the staff who have ensure students have achieved at the highest levels,” he said.





With thousands of youngsters in Cornwall receiving their exam results today, Andrew Wallis, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, says that their achievements are a tribute to the hard work and commitment of students, schools and colleges and to the support provided by parents and carers.

“This is a very important day for all these young people and I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and wish them luck in whatever path they take” he said. 

Officers from the Local Authority will now be working with Headteachers and Governors to analyse both the A levels results and this year’s GCSE results, due to be released next week.  


“It is important for the future of both our young people and for the future of Cornwall that all students have access to the highest possible quality of education” said Trevor Doughty, the Council’s Corporate Director for children, schools and families.

 “While the majority of our schools are achieving high standards, we need to ensure that all are enabling students to achieve the maximum progress possible”.


Tomorrow (15 August) the Council and Unlocking Potential are launching a new scheme to help improve career prospects for graduates.

Brighter Cornwall offers students who are starting their degrees in 2014 the chance to access professional, paid work experience opportunities to help them develop their CV.  By signing up to Brighter Cornwall students will also have access to networking events aimed at helping them build their network of business contacts in Cornwall.  In a competitive graduate job market, it is often these additional experiences that can give individuals the edge.

Students are encouraged to sign-up before they start their degrees at: to keep up to date with the latest opportunities.


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