College students celebrate maths and English GCSE success

GCSE results day 2017

Many Chesterfield College students collecting their maths and English GCSE results today were celebrating after getting the grades they need to progress onto the next level of study or work. This year, there was a significant increase in the number of GCSE English students achieving high grades at the college and many maths students also walked away with the grades they were hoping for. 

Julie Richards, Principal of Chesterfield College said:

“Congratulations to all of our students who have received their GCSE results today.  As a college providing post-16 education, we give students who might have already tried to get these qualifications in the past the chance to increase the grades they got at school or refresh qualifications which they might have achieved a while ago. Therefore, it makes it even more rewarding to know that the additional level of support we put in to help these students get the grades they need has worked for so many. The fact that many of our students have studied for GCSEs alongside other vocational and academic qualifications makes their efforts even more commendable. I am very proud of them all.” 

Olivia Wilkinson, age 17 from Sheffield, was delighted with her grade 5 in English. The Health and Social Care student from Chesterfield College is hoping to become a primary school teacher and needed at least a grade 4 alongside her BTEC qualifications to get a university place. After taking her GCSE English Language at school she narrowly missed out but was keen to make sure she could up her grade.  She told us:

“The support I have had at college has made all the difference. I am so happy that I got even higher than I needed. I can focus on the final year of my course here knowing that I have all the GCSE grades I need for university.” 

Olivia Wilkinson and Lindsay Aslan

It was a well-deserved victory for 18 year old Reece Lawrie from Clowne, who achieved a C in maths.  Reece left school without his Maths GCSE but started a level 1 course at college last year and with support of his functional skills tutors has now completed a level 2 in IT alongside his maths GCSE. He is about to start an IT apprenticeship with a guaranteed job after he completes it.

GCSE results day 2017 - Reece Lawrie

Simon Bennett, age 38 from Glapwell says his grade 5 in English helps him to get one step closer to the career change he is aiming for. After working in retail for 20 years Simon is studying on an Access to Higher Education course to enable him to fulfil his dream of becoming a nurse.  He said:

“I couldn’t get my university place without this GCSE so there is a lot riding on it. I passed my maths last year so it was really important to get my English grade as well. It wasn’t always easy juggling the deadlines of my access course with revising for this but the tutors were really supportive and it’s obviously paid off.”

GCSE results day 2017 -Steve Bennett

Stefanie Barker, age 33 from Grassmoor, said her C in maths was the perfect end to a successful but busy year. Not only has she completed the first year of her international tourism and business management degree whilst juggling the demands of two young children she’s also been training to run a marathon and working hard to get the GCSE maths grade she needs. The C grade means she can progress on to the next year of university and it takes her one step closer to her dream of moving to New Zealand with her family to start a career in tourism.She said;

“This time 13 years ago I was crying because I’d got a D but now I’m celebrating and it feels amazing. It is thanks to the college that I can do this because the course fitted perfectly around everything else in my life.” 

GCSE results day 2017 - Stefanie Barker