Students joining the College in September with a GCSE grade 3 in English and maths worked towards exam resits held in November. The College offered the opportunity to gain the standard pass grade 4 or above needed for future academic and career progression.
Almost, 100 students improved the previous GCSE grade results that they achieved prior to joining the College, with over 50% of the students achieving a grade 4 or above in maths, and 35% achieving a grade 4 or above in English.
John Newton, Director of Curriculum at Waltham Forest College, said: “Our vision is to inspire our learners to create their future and we were delighted with the results of the recent GCSE retakes. This demonstrates the resilience and determination of our students and I am thrilled that the hard work of our learners and staff has paid off.”
“We know what a positive difference a pass in GCSE English and maths means to our learners and brings them closer to reaching their position destination, whether that is employment, apprenticeships or university".
As well as school leavers joining the College, adult learners were also given the opportunity to improve their career prospects through resitting their exams.
Adult learner, Melinda Christopher, who re-took her exams after 40 years, said: “I thought it was an impossible dream as I am working full-time, but I was really pleased with the support offered by my tutors, such as extra tutorials to strengthen my knowledge, ready to resit the exam".
"This grade 5 will allow me to look for higher-paid roles within my sector and I am really excited about my future".
The GSCE English and maths results for the College in summer 2020 were both above national average benchmarks.
The College is now taking applications from students and adult learners looking to enrol on a full-time course starting September or part-time courses starting up to April. Those interested in joining the College are invited to apply online at www.waltham.ac.uk or to register their interest in one the College’s up and coming Virtual Open Events.