Truro And Penwith College News November 2015

Rosa Dyer from Gorran Haven, who achieved 43 points in the IB at Truro College this year.

Rosa Dyer from Gorran Haven, who achieved 43 points in the IB at Truro College this year.

Truro And Penwith College On Top Nationally For International Baccalaureate

Consistently excellent results, including 100% pass rate for the last three years, and an average point score of 36, has placed Truro and Penwith College joint top nationally for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, as confirmed by the Sunday Times Parent Power league tables.

The IB diploma has been offered at the College for over 18 years and is the only state provider of the course in Cornwall, with up to 100 learners studying the programme at any one time. Every year, the College has ranked high in the league tables for its provision based on student achievement. 2015 saw an average point score of 36 out of 45, with many students attaining well above that, including Rosa Dyer from Gorran Haven, who received the top result at the College this year with 43 points, equivalent to 4 A*s and a B at A Level.

Each year, most of the IB students at Truro College gain places at their first choice of university and their feedback about the course, the college, and the dedication and expertise of staff is very positive.

Current student Anna Larkin, from Truro, said: “I think it’s key that the IB at Truro College is so accessible to people of all backgrounds who can take this course and achieve at such a high standard. Coming from a rural place yet still being given access to the highest quality education is great!”

 The current first year IB cohort during their induction at Tomperrow.

The current first year IB cohort during their induction at Tomperrow.

Rosa Dyer, who achieved the top result this year, said: “I’d recommend the College, definitely. The IB is really well done. It’s got a reputation for being a very good IB course, and it’s a well-earned one. There is very good teaching, staff are very knowledgeable about the IB, highly committed and understanding.”

IB Diploma Coordinator Caroline Keech said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the number one ranking from the Sunday Times Parent Power league tables for our IB Diploma Programme at Truro College. It is a huge testament to the phenomenal commitment our students make to their studies and the skilled expertise of our IB teaching team in supporting them through their journey.”

Guy Essex, Programme Team Leader, added: “The IB is a challenging programme of study that requires a positive mind-set from students willing to stretch themselves intellectually and fully engage with their local and global communities. The IB teaching staff really promote this positive mind set, teach students to question and reflect and the students respond by working hard and helping each other whilst knowing that the support from the IB team is there, as and when they need it.”

The IB is an alternative to A Levels, popular with students and parents and highly regarded by universities. Students take six subjects, including a science, a modern language, a humanities subject, an Arts subject and English and Maths. IB students also follow a Theory of Knowledge course which stimulates critical reflection on the knowledge and experience gained inside and outside College, as well as undertaking original research to investigate a topic of special interest and presenting their findings in an extended essay. All students are involved in Creativity, Action and Community-based projects.


George Clark

George Clark’s work, ‘Rhythms’.

Cornish Students’ Artwork To Be Exhibited In London Galleries

Art and Design students from Truro and Penwith College stood out in a national hunt for work to go on display at two, top London art galleries.

Six of the College’s students had their work selected out of 348 other pieces of art submitted by 89 schools from across the country.

Their work was chosen by the Royal Society of British Artists and will now take pride of place in month long exhibitions at both the Lloyds Gallery and the RBA Annual Show, Mall Galleries in February and March 2016.

Rose Miller

Rose Miller’s work, ‘Sister with a Blue Bowl’.

The six students who have gained the title ‘RBA Scholar’ include: Isabelle Armstrong (Cornish Land), George Clark (Rhythms), Joanna Lillie (Apple Blossom), Scarlett Bunce (Repeating the View 3), Rose Miller (Sister with Blue Bowl) and Abbie Trevorrow (Day Dreamer).

“I am very shocked and excited to be chosen by the RBA. I can’t wait to see what all our work looks like hanging in the galleries. My work is about how women become part of the furniture and chained to their domestic lives,” said Rose Miller.

Isabelle Armstrong’s piece, ‘Cornish Land’, is not only being displayed in the two London galleries, but has been placed on the title page for The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies website, a partner with RBA.

Isabelle said: “I was extremely honoured to have my art work chosen for this exhibition. I depicted the same subject matter, the view from my art class window, continuously over the course of a year causing that particular landscape to grow increasingly significant to me. I’m therefore pleased that a highly personal work has been recognised and displayed.”

To mark the students’ achievement, they have each been given a RBA Scholars certificate, an award which all winning entries receive.


Pete Missingham

Pete Missingham processing a soil sample received from an excavation.

Career Change

Studying a university level course not only gives you fantastic prospects and the chance to pursue a topic of interest, but it can also offer you a complete change of career direction.

This is exactly what Pete Missingham did. Originally working in IT within retail and telecommunications settings, Pete began studying BSc (Hons) Archaeology at Truro and Penwith College in 2012.

The Archaeology degree, offered at the College in partnership with Plymouth University, focuses strongly on practical skills including fieldwork, museum work, media presentation, environmental archaeology and conserving monuments. These skills have proved valuable to Pete since he’s graduated.

“While I was a student, (Programme Leader) Caradoc Peters taught us how to process soil samples in the laboratory at Truro College. While I’m currently using a different technique, this background training has proven beneficial for understanding my place in the archaeological evidence train, and the results that my actions have on the quality of the eventual outcome.”

Following his graduation from Truro and Penwith College, Pete progressed to study a Masters in Archaeology at University of Bristol. During his time at Bristol, he started work at Geoflo, and roles at both Wells and Mendip Museum and Glastonbury Abbey Museum.

His employment at Geoflo involves the processing of archaeological soil samples to retrieve anthropogenic and environmental artefacts. In addition, he is also involved in geophysical surveys. In his roles as an archivist, he has been recently helping a palaeontology PhD student research Pleistocene animal remains in the caves in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, and recording artefacts excavated during last summer’s excavations at Glastonbury Abbey.

Pete said: “I would recommend a university education to anyone and, with Plymouth’s network of colleges, there’s bound to be one near you.”

He added: “Get out there and do as much fieldwork and as varied fieldwork as possible, and keep doing it during your studies. My current job came from a volunteer excavation I was helping with: unknown to me, my future employer was watching the volunteers.”


‘Alfred’ – the character created by George Summers in his shortlisted film.

‘Alfred’ – the character created by George Summers in his shortlisted film.

National Film Success

A Cornish student has had his short film selected as one of the best films in the country, and will now see his work played to an audience of industry heads at a glittering awards ceremony at the British Film Institute in London.

George Summers, from Truro, created a four-minute film called “Just Some Morning Tea” for his A Level Film Studies course at Truro and Penwith College. His work was shortlisted from more than 700 other entries to the final three for his short film category in the WJEC Moving Image Awards 2015.

George worked hard on his animation and constructed a character called ‘Alfred’ which he filmed in his studio at home.

Rebekah Jones, Truro and Penwith College Media and Photography lecturer, said: “His use of sound and lighting was particularly commented upon and also the way the he breathed life into the movement of the little character he created.”

To view George’s work visit the Truro and Penwith College Facebook page.

The Moving Image Awards recognises young film makers aged 14 to 19 years old and is organised by the WJEC who work in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). The overall winner will be announced at BFI South Bank, London, on Friday 11 December 2015, where George’s short film will be shown to a select audience.

A Level Film Studies is a course designed to deepen the understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of film, whilst developing skills in the different film forms.

For more information on the course, contact Truro and Penwith College on 01872 267000 or visit


Learners celebrating their success – complete with party poppers!

Learners celebrating their success – complete with party poppers!

Celebration of Success

Successful learners, guests and teaching staff joined together to celebrate their achievements at Truro and Penwith College Business’ Celebration of Success Evening.

The event celebrated learners from across a wide range of courses, including Event Management, Project Management and Employee Engagement SUCCESS degree module courses, Level 3 Coaching Awards, Medical Administration diplomas, and ILM Leadership and Management Awards.

Maxine Tregenza received certificates for Economic Sustainability for Business, and Project Management SUCCESS courses: “I was able to apply the skills that I learnt during the courses to my everyday work environment. Having completed the courses, I changed the stationery process at my workplace and was able to save money whilst also increasing the processes efficiency.

“I’ve now started a Business degree at Truro and Penwith College. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do but never got the chance as I went straight into work. The skills that I have learnt from my SUCCESS courses have helped me answer questions and given me extra insight at how to tackle my university projects.”

The College captured the evening on camera; all photographs can be found on the Truro and Penwith College Business Facebook page:

EngineeringThousands Attend Truro College Open Day

Over 4000 visitors took the opportunity to explore their options and discover their future at the first Open Day of the academic year at Truro College on Saturday.

Truro College opened its doors for prospective students of all ages to explore the campus and get chatting to the teaching staff about the wide range of available courses and subjects.

Across the campus there were numerous chances to get involved and discover what studying at Truro College can offer and plenty of visitors got hands on to explore the possibilities offered by their favourite subjects.

Creative types headed to the White building, the College’s centre for Art and Design, where they tried out techniques such as pin hole photography and printmaking to get a taste of what to expect from studying Art at Truro.

Visitors with an interest in technology revelled in exploring the world of virtual reality with the IT and Computing team as they offered their Oculus Rift headset to try. Demonstrations of the potential offered by 3D printing captivated their gathered audiences, who also jumped at the chance to try programming robotic arms.

Budding athletes enjoyed discovering more about the Sport Academy provision with talks throughout the day, including on the College’s ever-successful Rugby Academy, which has produced the likes of England’s Jack Nowell and Fiji’s Josh Matavesi, who both represented their countries during the recent World Cup.

The state-of-the-art workshops in the Seaton building were explored by a large number of potential students interested in all things construction and engineering, where they had the chance to try out the facilities themselves with taster sessions in plastering, carpentry, brickwork and vehicle maintenance.

The day was set to a soundtrack of performances from Music students at the College, including a jazzy offering from the Saxophone Academy, as well as sets from the talented bands from the various Music Diploma courses.

College Principal David Walrond said:

“These events are always very extremely busy and popular, but I have never seen higher levels of interest and attendance at such an event, nor a wider reach in terms of attendance from across the whole of Cornwall. The quality of advice and guidance about post-16 options has declined dramatically, so these events – where prospective learners can have five hours to explore all aspects of our offer and question current students and staff – are ever more important.

“This year there was particular interest from visitors about our plans for a third campus to serve the North and East of Cornwall, and to reduce the very long journey times that learners currently face to access what they want. Many took the opportunity to register their support for our plans.”

The next opportunity to discover more about your options and studying at Truro College is coming up next month, as the College opens its doors once again on Thursday 3rd December between 5pm and 8pm.