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GCSE success gives chance to aim higher

Published on: 24/08/2015 (12:15PM)

GCSE students at Central were among the thousands across the country celebrating their results on 20 August. The College saw 97% per cent pass rates in GCSE Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with A* grades being recorded in Higher Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

More than 930 passes were gained across a range of subjects, which also included Science, Psychology, Sociology and History.

Trissa Pearson, Head of School - Science and Academic, said:

“We’re delighted to see so many of our GCSE programmes with fantastic pass rates, which reflects the true dedication of the students. Central has also seen an increase in the percentage of our students getting A* to C grades. Most of our students are resitting GCSEs to improve on the grades they got at school, or returning to education after a break. Their hard work has paid off, and we are pleased to be able to provide that bridge to further study or career progression for people returning to education.”

Timur Jugai

One student celebrating after receiving his results is Timur Jugai, 17. Timur achieved three A* grades and a B despite battling cancer while studying. He first took GCSEs at a school in Lincolnshire. Although he got good grades, he felt he hadn’t achieved his full potential, because in December 2012 he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (blood cancer). By the time the treatment started he was very ill. As a result, he missed almost the whole of Year 10. Timur also felt he’d chosen the wrong subjects, so joined Central College to resit English and to take GCSE Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Timur said:

“I’m very happy with my results as I wasn’t expecting to do quite so well! The chemotherapy that I take makes me feel tired really quickly, so I was a bit concerned about the course at first. But I only had to go to college three times a week, so I had enough time to relax and to improve my health.”

“If, like me, you are not satisfied with your GCSE grades from school, then you should definitely take this course at college. The college is an absolutely different environment from school – the atmosphere is more relaxed and you are treated like an adult. I had a lot fun, I met a lot of new friends, I had an amazing experience and I left the college with a head full of knowledge.”

“Next, I’m planning to study A Level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and maybe Chemistry. After that, I’m planning to go to university. The course helped me with achieving the grades that I need to make the next step in my education.

Rebecca Bussey

Another Central student reaping the rewards of her hard work is Rebecca Bussey, 19, who collected her results accompanied by her dad Gary. She has persevered with GCSE English, resitting it alongside her BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design, in order to progress to university-level study.

She said:

“It’s my third attempt at GCSE English so I’m really pleased to have passed. At school it was my worst subject! The support I got from the teachers at Central has really helped a lot, and my tutor Rachel was brilliant. I’m now going to study a Foundation Degree in Fine Art at the College.”

Enrolment for all of Central’s courses is now underway – find out more