GCSE results


Press Release: Penryn College celebrates very strong GCSE results

Penryn College’s 2017 GCSE results confirm the school’s continued strong academic performance. Overall, more than 71% of all students, including those with special needs, gained 5 GCSEs at A*-C, including English and Maths at new Grades 4 and above, demonstrating impressive levels of personal progress.

Paul Walker, Headteacher, said, ‘We are immensely proud of our students. They have taken all the changes to GCSE assessment in their stride, studied hard and have done incredibly well. During their time with us they have also been amazing charity fundraisers, hugely successful sportsmen and women and wonderfully creative artists and performers. Their contributions to the communities to which they belong have been outstanding. They are a wonderful set of role models and leaders for our younger students and we wish them every success in their next adventure.’

Staff are delighted that students of all abilities, regardless of their starting point, have made incredible progress since Year 7.  Young people with special educational needs impressed staff with levels of progress even better than their peers. 119 young people in total gained at least one A*/A grade, or Grade 9/8, demonstrating that a gold standard of success is attainable for many.  24 students gained 8 or more A/A* grades or equivalent.

Deserving of special mention for their outstanding achievements are: Floyd Radcliffe who gained 10 A*s, both Grade 9 English Language and Maths as well as finding time to represent South West England at Cross Country; Lauren Hart who swept the board with 11 A* grades and Grade 9 for Maths. Headboy, Ethan McFadzean Griffiths achieved 10 A* grades and a grade 9 for Maths. Kirsten McKeown gained 10 A/A* and Grade 9 in both English Literature and Maths in addition to her musical career. Other students all with an impressive 10 A*/A grades or more, are Isobel Cooper, Sophie Lucke, Chelsi Mitchell, Holly Fox, Rosie Middlewick  and Caya Murphy.
Stand-out students who have made incredible amounts of progress since Year 6 include Suzie Vaughan and Megan Hart, who combined her achievements with excellence at county level netball; Finn Robinson, who achieved Grade 9s for both English Language and Literature while also representing Plymouth Argyle and Cornwall; Cezar Florica, Casey Ferris, Taygen Wilkinson – also an exemplary cadet, Molly Rowe, Lily Vincent Roche, Molly Seymour and Sam Brenton, a star of the stage during his time at Penryn.

Henry Preston, Chair of Governors, reflected, ‘Year 11 students have produced great exam results led by a dedicated and talented staff who work hard to enable students of all abilities to achieve their full potential and build solid foundations for their futures. Well done everyone’
Ethan McFadzean Griffiths, Head Boy, said, ‘I’m most happy with my Grade 9 Maths. I’d just say to anyone, approach your exams head on – they’re not as bad as you think. Just go for it!’

Penryn College believes that leadership opportunities, support for literacy and learning experiences beyond the classroom are central to the academic success of their students . A visit from Ofsted this year confirmed what staff and students at Penryn College know: hard work, the right guidance and great support from family brings considerable personal success.

Paul Walker

  % pupils gaining 5+ A*- C including English and Maths % pupils achieving EBacc % of pupils making expected progress
English Maths
2015 55.0 16.3 73.8 70.8
2016 64.1 16.3 89.0 75.0

 2017 Results

Progress 8 : 0.44

Attainment 8 : 50

% of pupils obtaining a strong pass in English and Maths: 55%

Ebacc: 14%

% of pupils who have gone on to further education: 92%


The school and college performance tables’ service can be found here.

Progress 8 Explained

Further GCSE Data – 2016

KS4 Cohort Size 209
Progress 8 0.38
Attainment 8 52.5
% C or above in English & Maths GCSE 70.3
% Entered for EBACC 23
% Achieving EBACC 16.3


The proportion of grades at A* or A or equivalent: 25%. The Capped 8 Value Added Measure including English and Maths: 1028 (National Average 1000). *Provisional data only until DFE confirmation.


PRESS RELEASE – Penryn College GCSE Results 2016

Students at Penryn College had their own ‘Olympic’ golden moment today, celebrating results which far outstripped every other year in total number of passes, number of A* and A grades and range of subjects.   The 2016 year group proved that they are real all-rounders, gaining superb GCSE results on top of impressive personal, creative and sporting achievements.

Marie Hunter, Headteacher, said, ‘We are so proud of our young people, not only because they have studied hard and achieved their academic potential, but because they have also taken a lead in so many other ways.  They are an inspirational year group, and brilliant role models for our younger students.  I am sure we are applauding Cornwall’s leaders and Olympians of tomorrow! Why not?’

The College is delighted that students of all abilities, regardless of their starting point, have made really exceptional progress since Year 7.  Nearly three-quarters of the students made even more progress than expected by government standards.  Progress and pass rates in English, Maths and Science have gone up – a huge 83% of students achieved A*- C in pass in English.  Boys, too, are winners this year, beating last year’s boys with a 22% increase in A-C passes. Over half of all students, 121 young people in total, gained at least one A* or A grade, demonstrating that a gold standard of success is attainable for many.  46 young people gained 5 or more A/A* grades, 14 of whom were awarded more than 10 A*/As.  Overall, more than 70% of all students, including those with special needs, gained English and Maths at grades C and above –  continuing the upward trend in results.

 Many of these high-achieving students, as well as coping with the pressures of preparing for GCSE exams, have also demonstrated real commitment to other activities: for example, Benno Marstaller, member of the Great Britain sailing team and 14 A/A*s; Mark Pearson – tennis coach for younger pupils and 9 A*/As; Ben Sharp, captain of Cornwall’s Under 16 Rugby team and 6 A*/As; Tyde D’ Souza, Youth National Champion in MTB cycling and 11 A*/As; role models Bertie Duncan, Head Boy with 10 A*/As  and Hannah Barlow, Head Girl with 14 A*/As; Lilla Hall (9 A*/As) a performer in Cornwall Youth ensembles, playing five instruments;  Amy Campbell (9 A*/As), a published author and senior prefect who ran sports leadership programmes for younger pupils.

Other students deserving special mention are: Cameron Wilson (13 A*/As), Calvin Barker, Mia Fulcher, Megan Glover, Eve Miller (12 A*/As); Freya Dibble, Jack Lushington, Mhairi Macleod, Rosie Matthews, Hayden Stone (11 A*/As); Hannah Eggleton, Rebecca Grove, Emille Hopkins – all with 10 A*/A grades or more.  Stand-out students who have made incredible amounts of progress since Year 6 include Elke Diggle, Dan Peck and Charlie Dixon-Phillips.  Every one of the eight young people in Year 11 with Statements of Educational Need achieved at least 6 GCSE passes; three out of four students with highly complex needs gained qualifications.

Henry Preston, Chair of Governors, reflected, ‘This is exactly what the College does superbly – producing well-rounded young adults who will go on to contribute to their communities – it makes the hard work of staff and governors so rewarding.’

Head Boy, Bertie Duncan said, “I ‘m really pleased – I got 100% in three of my science papers and that matters because I want to be a doctor.” Parents, too, expressed their delight. Dr Judy Duckworth, mum of Izzy Classey, who gained 8 A*/A GCSE passes, praised the “positivity” of staff and Mrs Bennett, (Rosie May-Bennett: 12 A/A* passes) identified the way students have been encouraged to work collaboratively as a factor in their success.

Behind this kind of GCSE success is a long journey which starts in Year 7 with a sharp focus by all staff on leadership opportunities, literacy, and learning beyond the classroom. The College has worked alongside parents to increase attendance rates and has valued their support for a change in the school day which protects the wide range of subjects on offer at GCSE. Just like this year’s Olympic medallists, students at Penryn College know that hard work, the right guidance and great support from family brings personal success.

Marie Hunter