24th August 2017
York College is proud to announce fabulous GCSE results for students aged 16-18 years, and adult students, who have taken their Maths and English Language exams this year.
A total of 237 students achieved grades 9-4 in English Language and 171 students achieved an A*-C in Maths from this summer’s examinations. And nearly two thirds of adult students who took GCSE Biology this year have achieved high grades A*-C.
Karen Loseby (aged 51) from Malton, achieved English Language (6), Maths (C) and Biology (B). As a teaching assistant at St Mary’s RC School in Malton, she already has a degree from York St John University and needed these GCSE subjects to be able to start a PGCE course in September. She says: “I worked really hard for these exams and I’ve passed all three in just nine months of study. It’s such a relief to get the grades and I feel so happy.”
The College’s GCSE results are a significant improvement on last year’s results, particularly for students aged 16-18 who are now required to retake their English and Maths qualifications if they didn’t achieve them at a high grade the first time. And for many students they were taking the new GCSE examinations which made the whole experience much more stressful.
George Munford (aged 18) from York, previously of Huntington School, has studied Public Services at York College, having gained a grade C in Maths last year. He is delighted to have achieved a grade 4 for GCSE English Language this year. He says: “Gaining my GCSE is definitely going to open a lot more doors and help towards things in the future. I will hopefully now be able to gain an apprenticeship with Network Rail – something I wouldn’t have been able to do without my English Language GCSE.”
Alison Birkinshaw, Principal of York College comments: “I am thrilled with our GCSE results this year. It is particularly important that everyone has confidence in their use of English and Maths and I am so proud our students, both school leavers and adults, who have stuck with their studies and now have the high grade pass they need to move on. Our adult students also achieved really strong results in GCSE Biology, and for many of these students they will now be able to move on to an Access course and then to university. And we have some wonderful success stories where both young people and adult students have not been so successful at school and now have some good passes to their name. This is marvellous news!”