Over 100 Newquay Tretherras students along with their families attended the KS4 Celebration Evening at the Hotel Bristol on 19th November 2015. With only standing room left, families packed in to proudly watch students collect their GCSE certificates and prizes for outstanding achievements over their five-year period at the school.
Head Boy Luke Hawkey and Head Girl Lowena Hawkey opened the evening’s celebration in front the Newquay Education Trust (NET) Directors and representatives of both Newquay Tretherras and Newquay Junior.
Mrs Sue Martin Executive Headteacher began the evening’s speeches and spoke of how the year group accomplished some outstanding results, the 2nd highest the school achieved in recent years. In the 2015 GCSE results, 62.5% of Year 11 students walked away with 5 or more A*–C results including English and Maths, up 5% on the previous year.
Most notably, there was a 5% increase on the provisional overall performance figure, putting the year group well able the national average. Whilst the girls secured a 4% improvement on last year, it was the boys who made the most dramatic improvements of 8% and especially in English with a remarkable 20.7% improvement on 2014.
Mrs Martin commented, ‘Looking back to when you started at Newquay Tretherras Academy I can remember hoping that you would really have five spectacular years at Tretherras, I hoped that would make new friends, be happy and successful, discover new talents and achieve your dreams. Roll on five years and here we are tonight those celebrating those achievements.’
A total of 34 students achieved 5 or more grades at A or A*. Out of the 267 students, 70.4% achieved five or more GCSE grades between A*–C putting Newquay Tretherras 7th out of 32 schools in the county. Almost everyone in the year group, 96.3% walked away with 5 or more GCSE grades A*-G, again well above the national average.
Addressing the students, Mrs Martin added, ‘Down to what you achieved, a lot of subjects were better in 2015. 10 different subjects, Business Studies, Drama, Ethics and Philosophy, English, Further Maths, French, Polish, Music, PE and Core Science improved their results. Impressively 18 of 30 GCSE subjects gained higher results than the national average, in many cases well above, with 7 subjects having 90% or more students achieving GCSE grades A* -C, including Art, Music and Triple Science.’
The academy continued its 100% success in Applied Learning with phenomenal results in Child Development, Sports and Active Leisure, BTEC Science and OCR Physical Education.
Mr Jonathan Preece, the year group’s former Head of Year, reflected on the characteristics of the year group with many stories of individuals and groups. Mr Preece picked out the way the year group supported every event an opportunity, notably in raising over £2000 for the Philippines Typhoon Crisis in 2014.
Mr Preece summed up his experience with the year group by saying, “Tonight is a fantastic occasion to acknowledge everyone’s phenomenal effort and hard work over the five years. It is great to see so many students and parents in attendance to celebrate their achievements. Every one of you should feel immensely proud of your growth and development and I wish you all every success in their further studies and careers.’
The evening also celebrated outstanding achievement not only praising academic achievement but individual success.
The NET Chair of Directors, Mrs Sarah Karkeek presented the awards. This year Karriad Shawcross won a new award for the Highest GCSE point score, whilst Best KS4 Results, average point score was won by Molly Grosvenor as Top Achieving Girl and Noah Merrin as Top Achieving Boy. Shannon Stenner won the Most Academic Progress in KS4. The Peter Cocks Award for Science & Technology was given to Melissa Reddaway and Jazmine Norfolk won the Greatest Contribution to Performing Arts. Sports Stars of the future, Alexander Cant and Emily White collected the Sporting Awards and Top Student in Animal Care was awarded to Chloe Rich.
Mr Preece presented the Greatest Contribution to the Life of the School to Karriad Shawcross whilst Most Inspirational Student was presented to Olivia Ball-Hymns.
Mrs Karkeek introduced the final award of the night, the Steve Paice Memorial Awards that was presented by Mrs Barbara Paice. The Award that recognises character, perseverance and determination was awarded to Maddie Grover.
Mrs Karkeek closed the evening by thanking students, parents and teaching staff for their hard work and support, congratulating them once more on their phenomenal results and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.