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GCSE success for Activate Learning's Guildford College students

Posted on 24 August 2020

This year, 200 Activate Learning Guildford College students taking GCSE programmes achieved a pass grade after studying English and/or maths at GCSE level. 

Many of the college’s GCSE students are learners who need to retake maths, English or both, in order to continue in education or progress their career.  

These can include young people who are retaking their exams alongside studying their further education subjects or those who may have missed the chance to go to university first time round and want to study at degree level. 

Max, an 18-year-old Level 3 Business student is celebrating his English GCSE result after having to retake this year.  

Passing with a grade 6, Max said: “I am really pleased, it’s a better result than I was expecting, and I am really proud and relieved. I'm looking forward to going to university next month knowing that I achieved good results at Guildford College.” 

Briony, 19, is a health and social care student and is delighted to receive her grade 4 in English. She is looking forward to starting a Level 3 apprenticeship in a nursery in September.  

Briony said: “I am so pleased with this result as I worked hard to achieve a pass and I am proud of myself. This stands me in good stead for my future.”  

Head of Guildford College, Neil Brookes, said: “Our students have worked particularly hard this year with many adapting well to online learning during the period of lockdown.  

“The results today are testament to students' determination, resolve and commitment in an extraordinary  set of circumstances - well done to all of our students - we wish you every success in the next stage of your learning.” 

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who is picking up the results they need today in their GCSEs. 

“Many of our GCSE students are sitting their exams with us for a second time, or in the case of some of our adult learners for the first time.  

 “Today will decide whether they are able to progress into the next stage of their education or access an opportunity they might not otherwise have been able to.  

 “For everyone that’s managed to get what you need, I want to say a big well done! This hasn’t been the easiest of years in which to study, but your perseverance and commitment to your studies has got you to where you need to be. 

 “And for those who haven’t quite achieved what you’d hoped for, please don’t despair. We will be there to support you over the coming days and help you to get where you need!” 

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