Waltham Forest College sees a wave of positive results on GCSE results day.
Today, Thursday August 12, marks for many students another step towards creating their futures in higher education, employment or on an apprenticeship.
Young and adult learners arrived in their numbers today to be recognised and celebrated by college staff in light of their achievement.
Approximately 790 students sat GSCE maths and English exams this year, with many also taking vocational qualifications designed to help them progress onto their chosen careers.
The College has had a successful year for both GCSE English and maths high grade attainment. When compared to the previous year, the College has seen a significant increase of 35% in students achieving a grade 4-9 in GCSE English and a 23% increase in GCSE maths.
Principal & CEO, Janet Gardner said;
“We’re so proud of our students celebrating their amazing achievement today. Not only is it proof of their commitment to succeed, but it also reflects the high-quality teaching and learning that takes place here at the College, especially amidst the pandemic.”
“We’re happy to see so many of our students progressing to higher levels of study which includes progression onto university, apprenticeships and into exciting careers.”
Gulnar Gultekin, 18, is delighted with her maths grade 8 and English grade 6 results: “I was recommended to come to Waltham Forest College and definitely feel I made the right choice! I’m really happy to have achieved these grades because I need them to progress further towards university. Next year is my final year on Public Services Level 3 but after that I want to go to university to study law or politics.”
The College offers the opportunity for many adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.
GCSE maths student, Awatef Brabra Ep Nefzi was excited about her results today after receiving a grade 8 allowing her to progress forward and retrain.
She said: “I came to the UK with an existing science degree, but it was hard to find work locally around my childcare responsibilities. I came to Waltham Forest College to retrain towards a new career and am really pleased to have achieved a grade 8 in my maths GCSE. Now I can progress onto a teacher training course so I can use my skills in science to specialise as a biology teacher for adults.”
Dmytro Benko, who studied ESOL alongside GCSE maths, said: “Everything has been perfect this year. The teachers have been great in both my maths and ESOL classes. It’s been a brilliant atmosphere and would recommend it for everyone.”
School leavers who have received their GCSE results and/or awaiting BTEC results can visit the College today (August 12th) to enrol on a vocational course. Everyone else including adults can enrol from Monday 16th August.
The College’s Learner Services Team is also on hand to advise and support those who are concerned about their grades and looking for a placement to start in September. For more information visit www.waltham.ac.uk.