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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 UK, known for its excellence of teaching, facilities, additional support and student outcomes. It is the first FE college to be twice designated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, the highest designation, and has been nationally-acclaimed as an example of best-practice for the quality of its online learning and support during the Covid-19 period. It assisted with the creation of Callywith College in Bodmin, which itself was rated Ofsted 'Outstanding' in 2020, and new developments include the upcoming South West Institute of Technology on the Truro College campus, a new Cornwall STEM Skills Centre in Bodmin, and the Stadium for Cornwall. In the 2019 Six Nations Rugby Union game between England and Ireland, four of the players on the pitch were graduates from its Rugby Academy. The College continues to expand on its excellent track record of improving the life chances of young people in Cornwall. ...Read more

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

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Since September 2020, Martin Tucker. Joined Penwith College as a teacher back in 1991, later becoming director, a role which involved taking the lead on the college’s merger with Truro College in 2008 and introducing new curriculum areas including automotive, construction and hospitality. Since 2009, he has taken on growth of the college’s apprenticeship provision, new-build projects including the South West Institute of Technology, development of a new college campus at Callywith, Bodmin, and investment in sports facilities. Previous roles include head of PE at Penwith College and programme team leader for sport at Truro where he played a pivotal part in the department’s expansion. He lives with his family just outside Penzance and is heavily involved in Cornish rugby.


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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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