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Chance for a bright future through GCSE success

GCSE students at Central were celebrating their GCSE results this week. The College saw a 97% per cent pass rates across GCSEs in Humanities and Science pathways with A* grades being recorded in Higher Maths, English Language, History and Biology.

More than 1750 passes were gained across a range of subjects, which also included ICT, Science, Psychology, Sociology, Human Health and Physiology and History. This is nearly double the amount gained last year.

Trissa Pearson, Central’s Head of School for Science and Academic Progression, said: “Our GCSE students come from a wide range of backgrounds, often for that second chance to progress their education or improve their career prospects.

“We really are thrilled that they can now move on to the next exciting stage of their lives. Whether that is staying at Central or moving on to university, sixth form, or into employment, we wish them all the very best.”

One student celebrating after receiving her results is Emily Cook from Stapleford. Seventeen-year-old Emily wasn’t able to take all of her GCSEs at school as planned due to illness. She suffers from collapses where she can lose the ability to see, hear and move and then has to spend time recovering. 

Imag2560 3 Emily

Emily did manage to sit her GCSE Maths and English despite being very poorly, but couldn’t do the others. So she made the brave decision to join Central last September so that she could gain enough GCSEs to pursue a career in a science-based area. She was pleased to get a B and two Cs when she opened her results as she can now go on to study a Level 3 BTEC at Central.

Emily said:  “I was really nervous about opening my results, but I’m really happy that got what I needed to carry on at Central to study science.”

Franco's story

Another Central student reaping the rewards of his hard work is Franco Obuseli who lives in St Anns.

Nineteen-year old Franco moved to the UK from Italy in 2015 and so he didn’t have the right qualifications to progress to a higher level of study. He has just completed GCSEs at Central after taking Functional Skills at the college, which involves practical and applied learning to improve maths and English and prepare for GCSEs.


His grades include an A* in maths plus As in biology and physics and two Bs in Chemistry and English Language, which means he can go on to study an Access to Higher Education course ahead of university.

Franco said: “My GCSE results were full of surprises! I spent many nights studying before the exams as I wasn’t expecting the grades. But one of my tutors said: ‘You can do it Franco’ and they really believed in me. I feel such a mixture of proud, confused and happy!”

Home-educated? No problem!

Ashira, who lives in Sandiacre, said: “Being at the college has definitely built up my confidence so now I feel ready to go and do A levels.”

A few more pics from the day!