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Truro and Penwith College

Truro and Penwith College at the top nationally for International Baccalaureate

Truro and Penwith College now ranks fourth in the country, according to the The Sunday Times Top State Schools Report, for the International Baccalaureate, the alternative to A levels. It is also the top further education and tertiary college in The Sunday Times survey, and as a non-selective provider this is a genuinely remarkable achievement. Each year the college’s IB results have moved it further up the league tables and this year is no exception. With an average point score of over 36 out of 45 with the top scorer gaining 44 points the average student performance on the course is the equivalent of AAB at A level, with many therefore achieving well in excess of this average score. The IB diploma has been offered at the college for over sixteen years, with up to 100 learners studying the programme at any one time. The college offers an outstanding enrichment programme to IB students including induction, residential, fundraising events, and numerous trips abroad.

The IB is an alternative to A levels, popular with students, parents and highly regarded by universities. Students take six subjects, including a science, a modern language, a humanities subject, an Arts subject and English and Maths. Recent research has highlighted the particular success that IB students have at university, with higher percentages of IB students achieving a first class honours degree. It is also the case that 42% of IB student gain places at the top 20 UK universities. Professor Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter, recently awarded University of the Year, has spoken in favour of the IB: “The interesting finding that we have is that those who are coming in with the International Baccalaureate do better in firsts and 2.1s than the average, by about 6%, and no IB student has yet dropped out of university. We think that that is worth noting.”

Each year, most of the IB students at Truro College gain places at their first choice of university and their feedback about the course, the college, and the dedication and expertise of staff is very positive.

Mary Eyles from Truro commented:
“The care, attention and support we all received was tremendous and the effort put in by the staff most certainly contributed to the generally outstanding grades we received. I cannot thank all of the tutors enough for their dedication!”

Kelly Bowden (Newquay) was equally enthusiastic
“I would be happy to speak to any prospective students for the IB and Oxbridge particularly as I feel the IB has prepared me really well for university life.

Chloe Peglau (Falmouth), who progressed to a Chemistry degree at the University of Liverpool, also drew a strong link between her IB experience and university success:
“I use the skills I learnt on the IB every day for my degree and I am still so grateful for the opportunities it gave me.”

David Walrond, Principal at Truro and Penwith College added: “IB students and staff are generally more focused on the quality of teaching and learning at the college, the IB scores achieved, and the progression to the top universities than they are in national rankings, but accolades like this one from The Sunday Times do make us collectively very proud indeed. I think it also something to celebrate that a Cornish institution gets this level of national prominence and recognition. It is a welcome advertisement for how exceptionally well learners in Cornwall can perform.”