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A budding medic described the college as ‘a stepping stone to adulthood, from calling your teacher “Sir” to being friends with your tutor,’ but added: ‘We all know that if we want our grades we have to work.’ A host of vocational options exist and are given the same parity of esteem as more traditional academic routes. A nail technician student recently scooped silver in advanced nail art at the World Skills UK competition. Another won gold in the computer games development section of the same event. The size and bustling atmosphere can be bewildering at first but it’s…

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Truro and Penwith College is one of the best colleges in the country for its excellence in high quality education and training. The redevelopment of the Penzance college site is fully completed providing the best facilities to match those at the Truro site. It offers the same outstanding quality provision that has been established in Truro as one of the best educational settings in the south west of the country.Learners achievements are of an exceptionally high standard. In the DFE Achievement and Attainment Tables (published January 2014), Truro and Penwith College, with by far the largest entry, was on all measures ranked at or near the top out of all the schools and colleges in Cornwall, (excluding private providers with selective entry). The college is the top state funded provider in Cornwall on every A level measure and one of the best performing colleges nationally. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Mathematical Studies at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Standard level component)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematical Studies at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Standard level component)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Since 2010, David Walrond MA MBA PGCE (50s). Read English at Exeter University (followed by MA in 20th century religious verse), PGCE at Jesus College, Oxford and an MBA in education management at Leicester University. Previously director of curriculum, quality and planning at Truro and Penwith College for seven years. Has worked in post-16 colleges in London, Hampshire and Cheshire and was an associate Ofsted inspector for five years. Early in his career he lived in Italy for four years, doing everything from driving a forklift truck to lecturing in English at Padua University – ‘a real life education,’ he says.

Although his PGCE was in secondary education he has always worked with post-16 students. He believes that ‘11 to 18 is too big a phase to teach under one roof,’...

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Special Education Needs

Nov 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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