Inspirational Results from our Year 11s Penrice Academy Students Achieve ‘Inspirational Results’ in a Year of Big Changes. Richard Baker, Principal at Penrice Academy, said: “Today our students celebrated phenomenal results, maintaining high standards in English and Maths. We are delighted, proud and inspired by the success of our Year 11s, after a year of big changes in education.” 74% of our students achieved GCSE Grade 4 and above in English and Maths and 73% achieved 5 A*-C, including English and Maths. Nearly a third of our students achieved the top grades, GCSE Grade 7, 8 and 9, in the new GCSE English exams. A Grade 9 was introduced to reward exceptional achievement and only the top 3% nationally will achieve them. Our students have done brilliantly across the board, achieving 20 Grade 9s in GCSE English and 12 Grade 9s in GCSE Maths. Emma Clarke, Eleanor Cook and Abi Tamblyn, all 16 from St Austell, all achieved a sensational Grade 9 in English Literature, English Language and Maths alongside 6 A*s and 2 As. Emma, who is heading to Truro College for her A Levels to study Biology, Chemistry, Physiology and Maths, said: “I am a bit overwhelmed! But I am so happy, motivated and excited for the future, especially with the prospect of Oxford or Cambridge! I hope to study Pharmacy eventually.” Eleanor is going to St Austell College to study Maths, Further Maths, Geography and Physics. She said: “I am absolutely thrilled – I’m so keen to take my Maths even further into my future and these results really kick-start that plan. So happy!” Deputy Head Boy Jack Parr, 16 from Nanpean, achieved Grade 9 in English and Maths, 5 A* Grades and an A** for Further Maths. He hopes eventually to study Architecture and Law. Jack said: “I simply cannot believe it, I have smashed my targets and achieved grades I never expected. The hard work really has really paid off.” Finn Corney, 16 from St Austell, achieved a Grade 9 in Maths, A** in Further Maths and four other A*s and 4 As. Matthew Gobbitt, 16 from St Austell, achieved a Grade 9 in Maths, A** in Further Maths, 3 A*s and 3 As. Artist Tegan Welch, 16 from St Austell, overcame difficult personal circumstances this year to achieve fantastic grades. Her health has limited her studies but has not slowed her down; she achieved English Grade 6, Maths Grade 4 and Art Grade C. Tegan said she ‘could not be happier’: “I am just so proud of myself. This year has been especially hard and just getting to the exams was massive for me but these results are everything. Next step is a Nail Technician Course at St Austell and I can’t wait.” Marie Thomas from Penrice’s Learning Inclusion Centre, who has worked with Tegan throughout her time at school, said: “Tegan is simply amazing. For her it wasn’t about the numbers, it was about that piece of paper and we could not be more proud of her.” Richard Baker said: “This year our students have faced huge reforms in the exam process but have come out the other side with some fantastic results. They have shown resilience, determination and commitment throughout the process and their efforts have hugely paid off.” Our Modern Foreign Languages Department did particularly well with record-breaking results; over 80% of students achieved A*-C Grades in German and 78% achieved A*-C in French and German. 45% of these students achieved the top A* and A grades in French and German, which is exceptional. Jennifer Oddy, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, said: “What a year for MFL. Our students have not only shown a determination to get the best results possible, but they’ve also shown a love for the subject. We’re so happy for all of them and hope they continue to use the languages in what are very exciting futures.” Students taking GCSE Hospitality achieved tremendous success with 65% As and A*s and 100% of students achieved A*-C in Dance, Music and Business Studies. Richard Baker said: “As a school we are immensely proud of each individual achievement and look forward to hearing about their successes in the future.” See pictures from Results Day 2017 here.