MORE than 100 Year 11 pupils from Newquay Tretherras Academy's highest-achieving year group to date have been presented with their GCSE certificates.
Prizes for achievement were also distributed at the awards evening, held at the Hotel Bristol and compèred by head boy Alexi Jamali and head girl Jess Ridgment.
In her speech, head teacher Sue Martin said the year group had set a new school record for academic achievement.
Tretherras had the largest Year 11 group of any school in the county, of whom 64 per cent gained five or more A to C grades including English and maths.
Chairman of governors Sarah Karkeek presented the awards for academic achievements. Prizes for the best Key Stage 4 results were awarded to Seamus Merrin and Jordan Edgecombe and James Sammons won the award for the greatest academic progress by a pupil in KS4. The Peter Cocks Award for Science and Technology went to Harry Stallard, Davy Roderick won the award for the greatest contribution to the performing arts and the sport award was shared by Harrison Cully and Charlotte Cayton-Smith.
Andrew Counsell, head of Cornwall College, presented the Applied Learning qualifications. In hair and beauty, Laura Child was named the best practical student and Lauren Spencer top student.
The award for the best practical student in animal care went to Victoria Cusick, and Josette Pardoe was top student. In agriculture, the best practical student was Joseph Kerkin and the top student Scott Rodda.
Jack Barkle won the title of best practical student in motor vehicle studies and Victoria Cusick was top student. The best practical student in fabrication and welding was Scott Rodda and the prize for the top student went to Stephan Mills.
Greg Carter, the group's former head of year, awarded the prize for the students making the greatest contribution to school life to Matthew Banks and Poppy Wring. Karenza Morris received the award for the most inspirational student.
"You were not only a wonderful group of young people; you were an ambitious and highly achieving year group," Mrs Martin told them. "I'm very proud of you all."
Mr Carter said: "You've given me some wonderful memories that I will treasure for as long as I can remember. You showed incredible enthusiasm in everything 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."
Mrs Karkeek said: "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 whatever they do with their future."