Students From Across the City Celebrate Their GCSE Results

22 August 2019 | Access to HE & GCSEs, College News, English & Maths, Science, Student Life

There were celebrations at City College Plymouth today as GCSE students achieved an impressive overall pass rate of 99%.

Just over 1,000 students sat their English, maths and science exams at the City’s largest provider of technical education and GCSEs this summer.

Principal & Chief Executive of City College Plymouth, Jackie Grubb, said: “We are extremely proud of the results achieved by our students. Currently the highest performing further education college in the South West, we pride ourselves in supporting students to improve their GCSE grades in order to progress onto higher education or into employment.

“For those receiving their results today, I hope that they have finally achieved the grades they deserve. I am confident that their determination to succeed and commitment to their studies will enable them to reach their potential and to be successful and happy in the future.”

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Case studies:

Lauren Carew, 17, Whitleigh
GCSE English grade 4

After getting a grade 3 in GCSE English at school, Lauren from Whitleigh re-sat the exam at the College and is now celebrating her grade 4 result. Alongside GCSE English, Lauren studied a level 2 drama course at the College and is now able to progress to level 3 this September and follow her dream of becoming an actor.

Lauren said: “My College experience has been brilliant and I got a lot of support from my lecturers, who helped me achieve my grades. I have a passion for acting, especially musical theatre, so it’s been great being able to focus on this interest rather than staying on at school and doing A Levels. I can’t wait to start my level 3 in drama at the College next month, and I hope to pursue a career as an actor in the future.” She added: “If you’re thinking of studying at the College, just go for it! The College is amazing!”

Louis Orozco Lopez, 30, Yelverton
GCSE English grade 7

Estate agent and business owner Louis from Yelverton struggled at school and walked out of his GCSE English exam because he expected to fail and felt that “there was no point trying.” He decided to re-sit the exam at the College and is now delighted with his grade 7 result.

As Director of family business Hindhead Property, Louis enrolled on the GCSE in order to improve his written English skills, which he draws upon in his daily work. Louis said: “I received excellent support from the College in terms of my dyslexia, including extra time in exams. I really enjoyed the course, the lecturers were very attentive and the whole experience helped boost my confidence.”

Emma Skedgell, 40, Plymstock
GCSE Biology grade 5
GCSE English grade 6

Balancing life as a mother to a daughter with autism with working full-time and studying for her GCSEs in Biology and English at the College, Emma from Plymstock is delighted with her results. The 5 and 6 grades she received will enable Emma to now progress on to a Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice (Assistant Practitioner) at the University of Plymouth starting this September.

Emma said: “As a mature student, it was initially scary returning to education but my lecturers were really approachable and the excellent support I received from the College made it really fun and enjoyable. I loved my time at the College – it was something I looked forward to and never felt like a chore.”

Luke Vickers, 33, Plymstock
GCSE English grade 6

With three young children (aged four, six and eight), Luke from Plymstock has juggled family life, an Access to Higher Education course, a Functional Skills course and working part-time at Morrisons, to successfully achieve a grade 6 in GCSE English and secure a place at university.

He said: “Thanks to the College I now have a place at the University of Plymouth to study a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy, starting this September. I took GCSE English alongside two other courses at the College – it’s been very busy but definitely worth it and I’ve seen a real improvement in my grammar. I have been so well supported throughout my time at the College and the lecturers are brilliant!”

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