In an incredible year of results for young people in Cornwall, one student from Truro has gone one better and proved perfection is possible.

International Baccalaureate (IB) student, Lowenna Ovens, achieved a perfect 45 out of 45, cementing her place among the very best students in the world.

Those who achieve 40 points and above in the IB Diploma are lauded, as 40 points is equivalent in UCAS points to more than four A*s or more than five A grades at A Level.

An impressive 25 per cent of the IB students at Truro and Penwith College achieved 40 or more points this year.

So to get the perfect mark is an incredible achievement, putting Lowenna in great stead for Oxford University where she is studying philosophy, politics and economics (PPE).

Lowenna said she chose the IB Diploma “because of the breadth of study and the fact I didn’t want to narrow down my GCSE subjects too much.”

Truro and Penwith College principal, David Walrond, said: “It’s a superb achievement to get full marks on the IB, something incredibly rare across the whole global cohort. This mark puts Lowenna at the very top not just of national, but world performance in the International Baccalaureate.

"It’s an excellent course, allowing someone of Lowenna’s exceptional wide-ranging ability across all subjects - social sciences, arts, humanities, pure sciences and maths - to keep six subjects going and perform at the very highest levels academically.”

Mr Walrond added that Lowenna is a "fantastic advert for the college and the course, but most of all a fantastic advert for her own work and effort." He added: “Even with her remarkable ability you need real organisation and stamina to do what she has done. If you are a self-starter with that wide ranging ability, then the IB is an excellent course to do. It doesn’t really get any better in terms of progression than PPE at Oxford.”

Lowenna said that future career plans included looking into working at the Foreign Office or for a charity.