The girls sat their papers in November due to last summer’s examinations being cancelled.
The pair studied the subject as part of the school’s extra curricular Astronomy Club. Their teachers are Brian Sheen, the Director of the Roseland Observatory, and professional astronomer Carolyn Kennett.
In all the years that girls have taken this optional extra subject at GCSE at Truro High, no student has ever achieved less than a grade B or equivalent.
Charlotte said: “I’ve loved space since I was a small child so the fact that I can do an extra curricular GCSE in a subject that I love is fantastic.”
The school has partnered with the Roseland Observatory for many years in order to offer this opportunity as well as unparalleled access to expert knowledge and astronomical equipment. This year, that provision continued to increase with the opening of the school’s very own Astronomy Hub.
It’s been a particularly exciting 12 months for Charlotte who, last year, at the age of just 15 undertook potentially ground-breaking research on the impact of solar events on whale strandings. Charlotte’s 200-page academic paper earned her the Silver CREST award for scientific rigour and is now even being used for further research being undertaken by an undergraduate student studying Marine Biology.