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Almost half all passes graded A* or A as Truro High School celebrates superb exam success

Truro High School is celebrating another fantastic year of GCSE results with almost half of all passes at the top grades of A*/A or equivalent.

The school is one of the first independent schools in Cornwall to tackle the Government’s toughened new GCSE exams with the number of passes at the coveted grade 9 more than five times higher than the national average.

Across the UK, the results have seen girls steaming ahead of boys in the more challenging new tests with two-thirds of the top grades awarded to girls.

Among those celebrating at Truro High were seven friends who, between them, were awarded an astonishing 74 A*/As or equivalent.

Ezgi Aldemir and Isobel Hammock each achieved 11 A*s or equivalent. Eleanor Boyden and Rosie Smart-Knight earned 11 A*/As or equivalent and Kitty Piccin-White, Emily Williams and Madeline Bartlett all collected 10 A*/As or equivalent.

The good news was spread across the curriculum with straight A*s in Latin – a subject taken by almost a quarter of the year group – and all A*/As in Textiles helping to contribute to a 100% pass rate at 5 A*-C and an overall pass rate of 94%.
A*s and As also accounted for at least half of all passes in Art, French, Maths, History, Theatre Studies, German, Spanish and Religious Studies.

Maths teacher Cath Harding commented: “71% of the girls passed with an A* or A. It’s a superb achievement and I am so proud of them. Their Maths results just keep on getting better and better.”

Truro High has achieved the best GCSE results in Cornwall for the last two years and Headmaster, Dr Glenn Moodie, said this year’s cohort had also acquitted themselves with honour.

Dr Moodie said: “This is the first year that our pupils have taken the Government’s new examinations and I am delighted by the number who have achieved the very top level Grade 9 which surpasses the A* grading that it replaces.”

“We have become used to reporting our excellent results in STEM and the Creative Arts but this year I would also draw attention to our performance in Modern Languages. The ability to communicate in other languages will be increasingly crucial over the coming years as Britain finds its feet outside the EU and I am extremely pleased to see the very high percentage of top grades achieved in modern languages by our girls.”

Shaking as she opened her envelope at school was budding doctor Ezgi Aldemir. Ezgi was awarded the very top grade in all 11 of her subjects and will shortly start her A Levels at the school. She said: “I’m ecstatic, I wasn’t expecting this at all and it means that I might be able to go to Oxford in the future to study Medicine. I’m so excited I can barely speak!”

“I just love the supportive environment and the teachers at this school and I can’t wait to come back and start in the Sixth Form in September.”

Getting a taste of what’s to come were Year 9 Lowena Olver and Year 10 Maddie McLeod who both attend Truro High’s after-school Astronomy Club. Their enthusiasm for the topic was kindled by club leader Brian Sheen, Director of the Roseland Observatory, who encouraged the girls to sit an Astronomy GCSE. Today they were both thanking their lucky stars that they had signed up for the extra-curricular club as they banked excellent A and B grades in their exams.

Want to be part of the success story? Find out more about the school that puts girls first by ringing 01872 242904 or email registrar@trurohigh.co.uk

Published by: Grace Kennard

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