28 January 2019
A new government report has found that students at Truro High School for Girls in Cornwall make more progress than students at 95% of schools or colleges across the country.
Published this week, new league tables from the Department of Education reveal that not only do girls at the school achieve some of the highest A Level results in the country, but they also make more progress than their equivalents in the majority of Sixth Forms across the state and independent sector.
Placing at 68th nationally, the school ranks in the top 5% of educational establishments in the UK for value-added. This score measures the amount of progress made by pupils at A Level and is particularly impressive for the school, with figures well above the national average.
The value-added measure reflects progress made by students between the end of key stage 4 and their A Level studies, compared to similar students across England. It shows that each pupil taking A Levels at Truro High gained an average of 0.32 of a grade higher than they would have been expected to achieve given their GCSE results.
Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Matthews said: “Of all the different league tables, this is the one that I consider the most important. This is the table that shows just how much progress has been made by each and every one of our girls. We are not an academic hothouse dealing just with students destined to reach the highest grades. Our job is to help every girl develop and grow and to achieve the very best that she can. For some, that will mean getting a B instead of a C, for others it may mean replacing a B with an A*. This is where schools like ours can really make a difference, to massively add value and to change their lives.
“I am proud of all our girls for the hard work they have put in and their willingness to listen to their teachers and to have the confidence to develop and grow.”
The school also came top in Cornwall in every category of the tables which look at its A Level value added score, its highest grades and overall point score of 44.42. They also consider the percentage of students achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects and highest grades and points for a student’s best three A Levels.
The league tables list an impressive number of accolades for the school including:
• The highest A-Level grade and points score for any school or college in Cornwall
• Cornwall’s top educational establishment for the amount of progress made by pupils at A Level with figures ‘well above’ the national average
• Ranked in the top 5% of schools and colleges in the country for value-added at A Level
• Top out of all schools and colleges countywide for grades achieved by pupils in their three best A Levels subjects
• The highest percentage of students in the county achieving AAB or higher in at least two facilitating subjects
• The best school or college in Cornwall for highest grades and points for a student’s best three A Levels
The announcement rounds off a fantastic year at the school which achieved a 59% A*/A pass rate at A Level earning it the title of the highest ranked small independent school in England for A Level results. The achievement is on top of the school’s position as number one in Cornwall for A Level and GCSE results in the Sunday Times Schools Guide 2019.
In recent months Truro High has seen a huge surge in enquiries with applications now coming in from all over the world. Some year groups are now nearing capacity with parents keen to secure a place for their daughters before it is too late.