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Tretherras GCSEs delight

By Warren Wilkins 30th August 2017

Tretherras GCSEs delight
Tretherras students celebrate their examination results.

NEWQUAY Tretherras students celebrated their GCSE exam success in style as they collected their results envelopes from school with families and friends on Thursday.

Students and staff have eagerly anticipated this particular set of results as these are new qualifications in their first year, with content that is more challenging and under a different assessment regime.

Five students who all achieved at least eight grade eights, nines and A*s, the very highest grades possible, were Eve Furniss, Anna Pengelly, Jasmine Kelly, Ella Thomas and Millie Blakeburn.

Headteacher Samantha Fairbairn said: “I am delighted with the 78% of our students attaining grade four or above in English or mathematics this year, as grade four is now the standard pass for a level two qualification and supports progression to post-16 study. We are delighted that over 30 grade nines were awarded to our students. This is a new grade, at an even higher level than an A*, so this is a real achievement!

“The main differences between the old and new qualifications are the structure of the assessment with more examination papers for students to sit and the content of the syllabus and the examination questioning styles.

“For this reason, it is hard for parents to compare this year’s examination results with any that were achieved previously, as there is simply no connection between them. We are thrilled with the individual successes of our students in both the new and the legacy qualifications across a wide range of subjects, and we are proud of our dedicated and talented staff, who have had to prepare our young people for these new exams, which cover a wider, more challenging range of content.”

Assistant headteacher James Hammersley added: “We are delighted that many of our high achieving students are continuing their studies at Newquay Tretherras Sixth Form.”
Year 11’s former head of year, Ms Ollerenshaw, said: “They have been a delight to work with and I am so pleased that they responded to every opportunity given to them. Congratulations to you all!”

Many of the top students have decided to continue their education at Tretherras Sixth Form as it had it best results ever last week.

Sarah Karkeek, the chair of Newquay Education Trust, said: “In a year of national uncertainty, Newquay Tretherras students have once again worked hard to achieve their very best and we are very proud of them.

“Our young people have been very well prepared for the next stage of their education or training and we congratulate them on their well-deserved successes.”

By Warren Wilkins 30th August 2017

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