The Newquay Tretherras Year 11 Graduation Evening took place on the 28th November 2013 at the Hotel Bristol. Over 100 students were presented with their GCSE results certificates and prizes for outstanding achievements over their five-year period at the school. Head Boy Alexi Jamali and Head Girl Jess Ridgment expertly led proceedings for the evening.
Mrs Sue Martin Headteacher, opened the evening’s speeches and spoke of how the year group surpassed the previous year’s academic results, setting new records in the school. In the 2013 GCSE results, the biggest Year 11 cohort in Cornwall, 64% of students walked away with 5 or more A–C results including English and Maths. The year group not only beat the county average but also surpassed the national average, putting Newquay Tretherras within the top 6 schools in the county.
Mrs Martin stated, “Both boys and girls beat the national average by a noticeable gap. 84% of the whole year group achieved 5 GCSEs, almost the whole year group gained 5 more grades A-G. You achieved lots of subject records this year, 94% achieving grades A-C in Ethics and Philosophy, in Art 96% of the grades were A-C, in Dance 50% of the grades were A* or A, Music 96% of the grades were A*-C, DT Food 92% A-C and Media Studies 93% A-C. I could go on and on, you were not only a wonderful group of young people, you were an ambitious and highly achieving year group!”
Mrs Martin added, “I am delighted, utterly thrilled, that in Applied Learning you achieved 100% pass rates; in applied ICT, OCR Science, Child Development, Health and Social Care Travel and Tourism and Public Services. I am very proud of you all.”
Mr Greg Carter, the year group’s former Head of Year, brought memories of the enthusiastic Class of 2013 to life. Mr Carter particularly emphasised the way the year group actively suggested ideas, ensured every event was organized and very successful.
Mr Carter summed up his experience with the year group by saying, “ You’ve given me some wonderful memories that I will treasure for as long as I can remember. You showed incredible enthusiasm in everything that you did and made me very proud to be part of your journey at Tretherras. Whatever you wanted to do, we did it together and made a fantastic success of it.’
Chair of Governors Mrs Sarah Karkeek presented the awards for academic achievements. Best Key Stage 4 results were awarded to Seamus Merrin and Jordan Edgecombe. James Sammons won most academic progress in KS4. The Peter Cocks Award for Science & Technology went to Harry Stallard. Davy Roderick won the Greatest Contribution to Performing Arts. Harrison Cully and Charlotte Cayton-Smith jointly won the Sport Award.
Mr Andrew, Counsell for Cornwall College, presented Applied Learning qualifications to student. Best practical student in Hair and Beauty was awarded to Laura Child whilst Top student was given to Lauren Spencer. Best practical student in Animal Care was awarded to Victoria Cusick whilst Top student was given to Josette Pardoe. Best practical student in Agriculture was awarded to Joseph Kerkin whilst Top student was given to Scott Rodda. Best practical student in Motor Vehicle Studies was awarded to Jack Barkle whilst Top student was given to Victoria Cusick. Best practical student in Fabrication & Welding was awarded to Scott Rodda whilst Top student was given to Stephan Mills.
Mr. Carter awarded the Greatest Contribution to School Life to the persistently supportive Matthew Banks & Poppy Wring. Karenza Morris received the award for the Most Inspirational Student and was met by a standing ovation when accepting it.
Mrs. Sarah Karkeek concluded the evening by thanking the families of students for their continued support and the school PTA whose fund raising supported the event.
“We thank all the staff and families, who have supported these students in achieving these wonderful results, they have really worked hard to do this. We wish them all the best in what ever they do with there future. May I also take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas.”