Penryn College organised a special celebratory evening for the previous year 11 cohort and their parents last week.

For many it was the first time they had returned to the school since results day in August and they were delighted to see their former peers and teachers again.

As well as collecting their GCSE certificates, other awards were also handed out to recognise, and celebrate, their achievements. Notable successes included Floyd Ratcliffe, Lauren, Ethan and Kirsten McKeown for academic excellence, after they gained 13 or 14 As or A*s each.

The headteacher's award for all round accomplishment went to Casey for her determination to succeed. Paul Walker, headteacher, said “It is wonderful to see someone work so hard for so long and then make such superb progress. Casey is positive proof that if you work hard enough you can achieve anything you want. We are so proud of you.”

The special guest during the evening was the mayor of Penryn, Shelley Peters; and her mayoress, Lily. Also in attendance as the guest speaker for the night was Professor Alan Murray, deputy vice chancellor academic of Falmouth University.

The evening drew to a close to final words given by former head teacher Marie Hunter. Speaking to the last year group under her headship she said: “It is really important to celebrate your successes, to remember all the hard work you gave to your GCSEs and the friendships you made along the way during your five years at the college. I am incredibly proud of you all."

Mr Walker’s closing message to the students was: "Make the most of every opportunity available to you. Keep in touch as you will always be part of the Penryn College family."