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18 October 2010 / VET GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

The occasion was Truro High's annual Sixth Form Information Evening and Katherine joined Deb Freeman, Head of Sixth Form, and five current students to give a presentation about the importance of choosing the right subjects and what being a sixth former is like.

"For me, progressing into the Sixth Form made life so much easier because, having been at the school from the age of eleven, I knew both the teachers and the school and I could just focus on getting the qualifications I needed to fulfil my lifelong dream of becoming a vet," said Katherine. "The advice and support I got were great and as a result I got the university place I wanted and then went on to work as a large animal vet in Wales before coming back to Cornwall."

Head Girl Holly Holdsworth, who is applying to study Chinese at university, echoed Katherine's sentiments.

"I love being in the Sixth Form because we are treated as individuals with our own particular needs and ambitions and there is no stereotyping," she said. "There are also plenty of opportunities for going on expeditions like the one to India this summer, doing a wide range of extra curricula activities and taking on leadership responsibilities. That's a real plus when filling out a UCAS form."

In addition to offering A Levels in a wide range of subjects, Truro High also gives every Year 12 students the option of taking the Extended Project Qualification. This involves researching a topic of particular interest in depth, producing a 5000 word essay and giving a presentation to a specified audience.

"Our aim is to ensure that every girl has a lot more to offer than just good A Level grades," said Headmistress Caroline Pascoe. "As most people are aware, competition for university places and career entry has never been greater so having extra skills is a good way of standing out from the crowd. More important than anything, though, is being happy and, when anyone walks into the Sixth Form, it is that sense of contentment and well-being which I believe shines through. I'm very proud of all of all our current students."

Click here to view press clipping taken from the Packet, 04 October 2010 page 4


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