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22nd August 2019

Students, of all ages, at York College are celebrating positive outcomes having re-taken their GCSE Maths and English exams, as well as a small number of GCSE Biology students. York College is proud to announce an overall 95% pass rate for GCSE English and Maths, with 40% high grades (9 - 4) for adults students, and 31% high grades (9 - 4) for GCSE English.

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Zack Chamberlin-Kidd, aged 17, achieved English (Grade 6) and Maths (Grade 5). Zack’s first year in official education, after being home schooled his entire life, meant that he initially struggled to adjust to the pace of the College. He says: “Through the support and encouragement of my tutors I quickly found my stride and began to excel in my courses and fit into the College community. My grades will enable me to study a Level 3 IT course at York College and I want to potentially work with computer programming in the future – these GCSE grades will support my university application.”

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Harry Hewitson, age 18 and previously of York High School, achieved GCSE English (Grade 4). He says: “I worked hard whilst studying Bricklaying here at the College. I knew I needed to obtain this grade to open doors for me in the future, either for further study or employment. I would like to thank my tutors who really helped me out with preparation for the exam and supported me throughout my studies.”

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Linden Clark, age 34 from Selby, English GCSE (Grade 7). He says: “I have been studying at York College for the last two years and achieved Grade 7 in GCSE Maths, English and Biology. Having struggled with English throughout my school life I didn’t think it would be possible to pass my English GCSE this year and I am delighted that I achieved a high result. I am hoping this is the stepping stone for me to study a degree in physics or engineering at university.”

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Nicola Crawshaw, age 32, achieved Grade 5 in Maths and English. She said “Having had a difficult childhood and struggling with mental health issues, I had a lightbulb moment when my councillor asked me if I had a magic wand what would I really want to be - I said ‘to become a social worker and help other young people in the care system like myself’. Having real anxiety about returning to a classroom I couldn’t have asked for more support, respect and care from my tutors here. I am thrilled to be involved with a charity called The Lunar Project, supporting women experiencing period poverty in York, and I am now looking forward to starting an Access course at the College.”

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Susan Smith, Course Leader for GCSE Biology is delighted with the fantastic results achieved by adult GCSE Biology students, with a 100% pass rate and 93% of students achieving a Grade 4 or above: “This is a phenomenal achievement for our students to attain in one teaching year, and often battling against considerable personal challenges. These results are down to the students’ high expectations, hard work and sheer determination to succeed. Many of them can now progress to their chosen careers as nurses, paramedics and teachers. I am very proud of them all.”

Kayleigh Savage, age 33 from Thirsk, achieved Maths (Grade 4) and Biology (Grade 5) said “I hope to be an inspiration to my two children and three foster children that anything is possible! I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I was at school but I do now …. a midwife! Passing these GCSEs today will enable me to start the Access in Health Science Professions course here at York College with the dream of studying at university to complete my education.”

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Lisa Green, age 35, achieved Biology (Grade 5) and Maths (Grade 4). She says: “These grades will enable me to pursue an Access course at the College and I will go onto to study Health Science Professions. I want to become a paediatric nurse as I am inspired by my little girl Evelyn who is living with a genetic condition, which has seen her admitted to hospital over 60 times. I often revised for my GCSEs at night at her bedside in hospital. My success wouldn’t have been at all possible without the support and understanding of my tutors who were accommodating, understanding and encouraging of my dream.”

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Lee Probert, Chief Executive and Principal of York College is pleased and proud to see students celebrating their GCSE results, knowing how much it means to them to get that all important pass: “I would like to congratulate our students who have worked so hard to secure great outcomes in their recent GCSE examinations. In particular I would extend my congratulations to our adult students who have attained well in their GCSEs, including in Biology. These qualifications give students the keys to progress into higher learning and employment, which is at the heart of our College’s role.’’



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