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98% of girls achieved more than five A* to C grades, 49% were A* or A and 76% A* to B. Four girls - Alice Joy Evans, from Newlyn, Rebecca Pearse, from Truro, Isabel Westlake, from Truro, and Lauren Wheeler, from Redruth - all got 11A*s. Katie Purohit, from Zelah, was awarded 10 A*s and 1A, Neroli Dodge, from Truro, got 8A*s and 3As, Gemma Szlichta, from Penzance, got 7 A*s and 4 As and Danielle Butler, from Camborne was overjoyed with her 4A*s and 7 As.

'I'm really pleased because I've managed to equal my cousin's results,' said Katie Purohit. 'I'm staying at the school to do A Levels in Biology, Physics, Maths and Chemistry and am hoping to study medicine at university. This afternoon, though, I'm going to Perranporth beach to celebrate with some surfing.'

Alice Joy Evans opened her outstanding results with mum Roelie by her side.

'I'm thrilled to have got an A* in Latin as well because I only started studying it 18 months ago,' she said. 'I definitely worked hardest at that. Now I've got what I need to pursue my dream of going on to become a scientist.'

'I would have been equally proud if Alice hadn't got all A*s because I know how hard she's worked and that's what is important,' said Roelie. 'Grades aren't the be all and end all.'

Katie Pryor and her mum Hilary, from Truro, were thrilled with the 3 A*s, 6 As and 2 Bs that Katie received.

'The champagne is on ice,' said Hilary. 'We'll be going out for a family meal to celebrate too.'

Danielle Butler's mum couldn't be with her daughter because she was at work but it was plain she was over the moon.

'She was screaming down the phone when I rang her,' said Danielle. 'I'm so happy and really looking forward to starting sixth form here in September. I'll be doing German, Maths, Spanish and Geography for A Level.'

Truro High Headmistress Caroline Pascoe was on hand to share her pupils' delight in their GCSE results.

'The happiness today said it all,' she said. 'All the hard work has paid off and the girls really deserve their achievements. It's easy to be negative and critical about exams but the fact is pupils who want to do well have to put in a lot of time and effort to get good grades. Today is a day to celebrate a significant milestone in their lives.'

Ends 23 August 2012

Photos (by Bernie Pettersen):

107: Danielle Butler, Gemma Szlichta, Neroli Dodge, Katie Purohit

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