Why one school won’t be broadcasting exam results

The headteacher of a girls’ school in Cornwall believes it is more important to celebrate each individual achievement than to broadcast overall school success

The headteacher of a girls’ school in Cornwall has said instead of broadcasting this year’s A-level and GCSE results publicly, the school will praise the hard work of students individually.

Sara Matthews, headteacher of Truro High School for Girls, said: “Results day has, as always, brought some fantastic stories of success and lots of tears of joy but we feel very strongly about the need to celebrate the girls’ individual achievements rather than to broadcast the overall success of the school.”

The decision comes at a time when A-level and GCSE results are being given out, with much emphasis being put on sustaining good mental health around the high-stress time.

We feel very strongly about the need to celebrate the girls’ individual achievements rather than to broadcast the overall success of the school

Matthews continued: “We strongly believe in a growth mind-set and we don’t wish to undermine the journey of hard work, determination and growth that all our girls undertake, whether they reach the impressive heights of the A and A* or not.

“We must ensure we celebrate equally the students who have absolutely worked their socks off to move from a D grade to a B grade, as this achievement and personal journey is just as phenomenal.”

Last year, the school was ranked the number one small independent school in England for its A-level results with 59% of all passes at A* or A.


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