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Truro High School creatives soar at Falmouth University’s CreatEd Awards

Truro High School’s A level and GCSE creatives are celebrating another incredible year at Falmouth University’s CreatEd Awards taking home more top awards and commendations than any other educational institution at the countywide competition.

Competing against students from nearly 25 schools and colleges from across the county, Truro High’s pupils scooped three top-level awards and sixteen honorary commendations. This level of success was not matched by any other institution in the competition.   

This is the sixth year running that the school has been awarded top prizes at this showcase of Cornwall’s brightest and best creatives minds. 

Year 13 Alice W received the ‘Fine Art’ award for her high concept sculpture and photography work inspired by the fall of Icarus and mutations in mould. The judges praised the young artist for the depth and breadth of her research into these surprising and innovative subject matters to create “some really incredible work” which had been “explored in so many remarkable ways”. 

Alice also received a commendation for her pair of impressive costumes for the school production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Fellow Year 13 Lucy J took home the ‘Fashion and Textiles’ award for her trio of high fashion pieces entitled ‘Growth and Decay’, ‘Tree of Life’ and ‘Subversive Stitch’. “We felt that this designer was incredibly driven with a fashion sense, great creativity and real attention to detail,” said Briony Yates, the category’s judge and womenswear designer at Seasalt Cornwall. “What we really loved was all three of the outfits had a real sense of concept connected to very strong portfolios.” 

Fellow Sixth Former Coco scooped the ‘Dance’ award for her impressive piece set to James Arthur’s ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’. Coco’s performance received standing ovations when she danced at this year’s Dance Show LIVE! as well as choreographing a spectacular group number involving girls from Year 7 – 9.

Year 13 Alice B received a commendation for her collection of intricate ensembles inspired by the mythical figures of Venus, Persephone and the Beast from ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The young designer’s impressive portfolio of work has resulted in her being offered a sought-after spot to study costume for performance at the London College of Fashion. 

Only 7 out of every 20 applicants are accepted to take up places at this world-renowned fashion institution which ranks at number 4 in the Business of Fashion’s latest annual Global Fashion School Rankings. 75% of these places are offered to students undertaking Foundation Degree courses after they have completed their A Levels.

Pupils who also received sought-after highly commended prizes included Year 13 Morwenna for her photography pieces based around ‘Memory’; Year 13 Savannah for her moving performance entitled ‘Effy’s Burning’; Year 13 Karen C’s impressive piano composition; Year 12 Saskia’s delicate sculptures based on domestic objects entitled ‘Household’; Year 11 Jade’s three dimensional drawing on dementia; Year 11 Dotty’s cyanotype photography of skeletons entitled ‘Hinge’; Year 11 Maya’s portrait composed from circles; Year 11 Amy’s high fashion take on Poldark’s Demelza; Year 11 Millie’s ‘Queen Bee’ dress; Year 11 Izzy’s sartorial reworking of Antony’s Burgess’ seminal ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and Year 11 Helena’s innovative ‘Shadow Nightlight’.

The CreatEd Exhibition is the only show in the UK which exhibits the creative talents of students from schools and colleges together. Judges are invited in from leading industries to award prizes in all categories alongside the award-winning university’s department heads.

Truro High’s Head of Creative and Performing Arts, Mrs Judith Tutin said: “We hadn’t dreamed that we could top last year’s success so it’s incredibly exciting to see the girls’ hard work rewarded especially in exceptionally tough categories such as ‘Fine Art’ and ‘Fashion & Textiles’. The judges said some very complimentary and thoughtful responses about all of the girls work and I would like to give a big thank you to all the teachers and pupils in the faculty who have worked so hard to achieve this.”

See this incredible work and much more at the school’s Summer Exhibition which will open its doors on Tuesday 3 July from 12noon-4.30pm. The exhibition will also be open on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 July from 9am-4.30pm.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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