In a year like no other, A-level students at The VI Form Academy at Camborne Science and International Academy (CSIA) and Cornwall School of Maths and Science (CSMS) were able to celebrate outstanding results together on Thursday.

Despite months of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, students and staff celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate for the sixth consecutive year.

CSMS students excelled once again, with A*s and As making up 61 per cent of grades and an overall average grade of A.

On the back of these results, 100 per cent of CSMS students and around 75 per cent of VI Form students and will go on to university.

The VI Form Academy and CSMS vice principal Sarah Belshaw praised the students for their resilience.

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She said: “It’s been a challenging year for lots of obvious reasons, but we couldn’t be prouder of all the students for their achievements. What an accomplishment in spite of such disruption. It just shows that their dedication, determination and perseverance has been worth it.

“I would also like to congratulate all our teachers who have had to adapt to the changes that coronavirus has brought. Their effort and support for students has been unwavering in what has probably been the most demanding year on record, and they’ve done it all whilst being proactive, positive and inspiring.

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“Results days are usually quite emotional by nature, but this one has been extra special, as students, parents and staff celebrated and supported each other.”

Standout successes include Ella Kyle who recorded an A* in geography, an A in maths, an A in physics, plus an A* in EPQ.

She will go on to study at earth sciences at Oxford University.

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Alexandria Green also recorded exceptional grades, achieving four As in English literature, RPE, sociology and EPQ, and will go on to study theology and religion at Oxford.

Sarah Pengelly will read physics at Manchester University after achieving four A*s in maths, further maths, physics and EPQ and Alfie Baker, who said The VI Form Academy has “improved him as a person,” secured his place at Oxford studying maths after achieving A*s in maths, further maths and EPQ and a B in physics.

These results also continued the academy’s reputation for vocational studies, with Kiran Daughtery securing his place at UWE to study sport rehabilitation.

An A in Chemistry, A in Biology and Distinction in ICT also means that Charlie Santer will be studying biology and medicinal chemistry at Exeter University in September.

CSIA principal Ian Kenworthy said the 2020 results reflect the “inspirational teaching” that occurs at The VI Form Academy every day – no matter the circumstances.

“This year has been particularly challenging, but these initial results are testament to their outstanding commitment, applying themselves to ensure they reach their full potential,” he said.

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Mrs Belshaw added: “Along with the wider experiences and skills gathered through our specialist VI Form Academy and CSMS provisions, these results will really give our students the competitive edge in both Higher Education and the workplace.

"We believe that they will leave our academy as resilient, ambitious and well-rounded individuals – we can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”

Mr Kenworthy concluded: “As our students begin the next stage of their journey, whether it’s taking up university places, beginning apprenticeships and for our year 12 students, returning to continue their A-level studies into year 13, we would like to say a huge congratulations to them all for such incredible results.

"It is all testament to the hard work of students and staff here at The VI Form Academy and CSMS, especially in the face of such adversity.”