Laughter and tears of happiness were both in plentiful supply at Truro High School as it celebrated achieving a 100 per cent pass rate once again with the number of passes at the very top grade almost double the national average.

An impressive 82 per cent of all passes were at grades A* to B with 42 per cent of all exams taken gaining an A* or A.

The school continues to achieve exceptional results in subjects across the board with every student who took geography, further maths, art, textiles, Chinese and classical civilisation all awarded A* or A. There was a 100 per cent pass rate at A* to B in art, biology, business studies, classical civilisation, Chinese, further maths, geography, history of art, history, photography, psychology, Spanish, PE, drama and textiles.

Headmaster, Dr Glenn Moodie, said: “Yet again our upper sixth have made us all very proud with a fantastic set of results. As the first group to take the Government’s new linear A levels, there has been a certain amount of adjustment needed and I am delighted to see that our high standards have been maintained which is a reflection of both the hard work put in by the girls and the strength and experience of our staff.”

Among those receiving their results was Rebecca Winn from Penzance who gained three A*s in art, textiles and photography, scoring 100 per cent in her art exam. Rebecca has already had her work on display at the Tate Modern and will now continue her journey with a foundation degree in art before heading, if all goes well, to Goldsmith’s in London.

Heading for Exeter University is Naomi Hart from Truro, who will read English after picking up A*s in English and classical civilisation and an A in history. Also picking up her results was Charlotte Andrew who lives near Truro, who achieved A*s in maths and further maths and an A in physics and will now be heading to Imperial College to study biomedical engineering.

Senior deputy head Marcia Smith said: “As the girls are handed their results it is wonderful to see their faces light up as they realise that all the hard work has paid off. This year 94 per cent of our girls will be heading off to the universities of their choice and we look forward to following their progress as they study everything from equine and environmental sciences to politics and international relations.”

As the girls and their families joined teachers at the school for a celebratory breakfast, one person was gaining a glimpse of what’s to come. Budding vet, Eliza Hole has only just completed the lower sixth and will take the bulk of her exams next year. However, she elected to sit her maths A Level a year early and is very happy with the A* she was awarded.

The results round off a fantastic academic year for the school which was ranked by government league tables in the top one per cent of schools in England for the amount of progress made by pupils at A level.