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Students Shine Through GCSE Retakes

Students have been celebrating their tremendous achievements of improved GCSE results, following exam retakes in November.

For those who missed out on a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths at Year 11, the opportunity to retake these qualifications alongside their college course provided a second chance to achieve that all-important higher grade.

Many students are now celebrating improved results, which they have achieved within just a few months of study. An impressive 50% of students increased their grade to a 4 or above in GCSE maths, and 33% in GCSE English.

We hosted a virtual celebration this March to mark the occasion for those achieving a grade 4 or above. During the celebration, Principal CEO Virginia Barrett commended students for their hard work and commitment to their studies. Two students were also selected at random to win an iPad.

Principal CEO Virginia Barrett awarding prizes during virtual celebration

Among those retaking their GCSEs included students whose final school year was affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Many students experienced changes to teaching and grading, as well as the cancellation of traditional examination processes. The improvement these students have accomplished will now open new opportunities for their future studies and careers.  

Principal CEO Virginia Barrett commented: “We would consider the results achieved to be fantastic in any year, but considering the current Covid-19 situation, this is even more impressive. These students should be delighted to be amongst those who received a high grade as a result of their engagement and hard work, particularly as they did not have the opportunity to sit their GCSEs in the summer.”

Find out more about how we support students to develop their English and maths skills here.