12 June 2009 / Another First For Truro High School
According to the Good Schools website, the aim of the awards is to highlight excellent teaching in individual subjects.
'Each year we explore the English A level and GCSE exam data looking for schools where the results in individual subjects shout out that here is some really special teaching - and then we give the best of them awards,' says the website.
Caroline Pascoe, the school's new headmistress and a former Olympic rower herself, said she was delighted the expertise and professionalism of the teaching team had been officially recognised.
'Deb Freeman and her colleagues work long and hard to help our pupils achieve to the very best of their ability,' she said. 'The school's exceptional sports' results speak for themselves. Our hockey teams have won 4 county titles and our Year 8 and 9 netball teams are also county champions. Jordanna Morrish won the girls' under 15 high jump at the County Championships in a new county record and is now ranked number one in the entire country. Also, Lottie Richardson has been selected for England Netball's Under 17 squad.
'We want all our girls to fulfil their own potential - whatever that potential might be - and to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of physical exercise. Not everyone can be a sports star but having a healthy body is just as important as having a healthy mind.'
Since introducing PE at A level in 2004, the school has achieved a 100% pass rate at both AS and A2 and a 76% pass rate at A or B grades at AS.
Truro High's latest accolade comes hot on the heels of the best schools website placing it on its top twenty list of girls' schools nationally. The school also topped Cornwall's A level and GCSE league tables last year.
For more information about the Good Schools Guide Award, visit www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk