It wasn’t just maths whizzes who contributed to the great numbers behind another successful A Level results day in St Austell this year.
A-Level Further Maths students at Cornwall College St Austell achieved 100% A* to B, as did the more artistically minded Graphics students.
The impressive 100% success rate continued with Media Studies, Business, Politics, French and Spanish students all landing A* to C grades.
In total, 21 subjects achieved 100% pass rates meaning a lot of happy students securing places at their chosen universities.
Behind the impressive numbers were the personal stories of student achievement that provided the real joy on the day.
Libby Williams, 17, from Par and Charlotte Grigg, 18, from St Austell, both secured an incredible triple A*.
Libby got top grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths and is going to Plymouth University to study Biomedical Science, while Charlotte, a former Poltair School student landed the best marks in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry.
Charlotte is heading to University of Exeter to study Maths, a subject she has always had a passion for.
“I’ve just always loved maths even in primary school, it was always my favourite subject,” she said.
“It just made sense to me that you get definitive answers.”
Libby wants to become a medical researcher, researching cures and vaccines for diseases.
“I did originally want to study medicine to become a doctor, but I realised that what I liked most was the science behind medicine and how it all works on the body,” she explained.
“When I see people suffering with diseases then I wish that there could be something that could sort that out so I want to be part of the movement.”
Heading to Durham University in September to study History is triple A-rated Ben Bassett, a former Poltair School student who grew up in Stenalees.
“I’ve been really nervous and I haven’t slept well in days but I’m so happy with the results I’ve got,” he revealed.
“I’ve loved studying at Cornwall College St Austell over the last couple of years and I would definitely recommend it, I think it’s brilliant.
“The smaller class sizes have given it a more personal feel, as if the lessons are catered to what we as a group would like to improve on.”
Ben also had advice for students getting their GCSE results next week.
“If you want to study A-levels, I’d recommend choosing something you really enjoy, don’t just do something that you think will look the best, because at the end of the day, you’re going to do better in a subject that you enjoy.”
Nineteen-year-old Callum Patmore from Roche is a former Brannel School student who is keen to share his love of maths having secured a place at Plymouth University to study the subject.
“I want to go into teaching at secondary schools and I’ve been put onto a maths scholarship of future teaching scholars,” he explained.
“Maths is such an amazing subject and I want to share the passion I have for maths with other people.”
Callum said the support network at Cornwall College is “absolutely phenomenal”.
“Every teacher that I had did their best to push me further and make me a better student than I was in my first year,” he explained.
“It has helped to build me as a person as well as a student.”
Isabel Shiner, 18 and from St Austell, is keeping up a family tradition.
She gained an A* in Fine Art and A in Graphic Design and is heading to Falmouth University to study Graphic Design.
“Both my parents are graphic designers, so they’ve been sharing tricks of the trade with me,” she revealed.
“I’ve always had a passion for creative subjects and I think with graphic design you can convey a message whist also having a visual communication with people, so you can promote change and influence the world – it really fascinates me.”
Isabel also wanted to thank her teachers.
“They are so supportive and you get that one-on-one that you wouldn’t get anywhere else.”
Head of A Levels at Cornwall College St Austell, Roisin Higgins, said she was delighted to see so many young people in Cornwall succeeding in education.
“A-Level results day is always special and signifies the culmination of plenty of hard work by students and staff,” she continued.
“It is wonderful to see our students getting triple As and A*s and I am really proud of how far our students progress.”
The College is renowned for its students’ progression, boasting a top 10% ALPS score in the country, according to Roisin.
“With smaller class sizes and a friendly, family atmosphere, we are able to invest a great deal of time in each student as they all have different needs throughout their time with us,” she explained.
“Working with a learner, who may not always have had the best GCSEs, and watching them grow in confidence in their studies and in themselves, is a real honour for us, especially when they achieve results they may have initially never thought possible.”
Chris Taylor, Head of Campus at St Austell, was delighted with the students’ achievements.
“What is particularly impressive is the number of students from the community who progress onto university, many of whom will be the first in their families to do so,” he said.
“This reiterates the hard work we put in enabling opportunities students may never have thought possible.”
Many students study A-levels as a progression route to higher education and The Cornwall College Group still has clearing places available on some of its specialist degree programmes.
A dedicated hotline is open, manned by the College’s specialist staff on 01209 617580. Further details are available at www.cornwall.ac.uk/university-hub.