17.3% of exams were awarded the much-talked-about Grade 9 – that’s almost four and a half times higher than the national average of 4%. Ofqual predicted that only a few hundred students nationally would attain 3 or more 9s in their results today, but a quarter of the cohort at Truro High attained this benchmark, with 7 girls attaining an incredible 5 or more.

Headmistress Mrs Sarah Matthews said: “The staff of Truro High are rightly very proud of the girls, who delight themselves and all of us by achieving so highly, but are also well-rounded, with a genuine sense of well-being. Their results speak volumes about the hard work they have put in and are also indicative of the ambition and drive that is instilled in the girls by the school.”

“I am equally overjoyed to hear about the stories behind some of those results where, in some cases, girls have truly battled the odds and coped well in very difficult circumstances to achieve their full potential with the nurture and support of their dedicated teachers.”

In 16 out of 22 subjects including Maths, English, History, Latin and Astronomy, at least half of all passes were at the very top grades of 9-7 or A*/A. The results sounded particularly sweet to the school’s music department which last week celebrated a 100% A Level pass rate at A*/A and can now add a 71% pass rate at the top grades in GCSE.

Among those celebrating were Madeleine and Maya who each achieved 12 GCSEs with 7 passes at the highest grade 9.

Madeleine said: “I am so surprised. I never imagined that I would get results like this and I’m just so pleased.”

Talented dancer Maya balanced a busy training schedule alongside her studies and was thrilled with her 12 GCSEs with 4 of those at grade 9. For all those opening envelopes, the results will provide a strong foundation for an exciting and diverse range of future studies. Greenpower racing driver Dotty will use her 11 GCSEs, including 6 grade 9s to progress towards a career in engineering while a great set of results including 2 9s in Art and Textiles will assist Jade on her journey in the creative arts.

Also opening results were 12 girls who studied Further Maths as an extra-curricular club with a 100% pass rate and half of those passes at grades A*/A.

Mrs Matthews said: “It is wonderful to see how the school responded to the passion shown by this group for a particular subject. A bespoke curriculum was created and offered as the teachers worked to fuel the girls’ desire to learn more.”

Many of the girls will continue their studies at the school’s Sixth Form which last week celebrated fantastic A level results with 59% of all passes at A*/A.