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GCSE success for Activate Learning's Farnham College students

Posted on 24 August 2020

This year, a total of 39 Activate Learning’s Farnham campus students taking GCSE programmes achieved a pass grade after studying English and/or maths at GCSE level. 

These are young people who need to retake these qualifications alongside studying their further education courses (such as A Levels or BTEC subjects) at the college.  

Allegra, a 19-year old student at Farnham College, is celebrating after persevering for the fourth time in order to achieve passing her English and maths GCSEs with a grade 5 and 4 respectively. Allegra said: “I’m just really chuffed with myself, like all my hard work has paid off and everything has fallen into place. I was so close to giving up,and knew that this was probably my last chance. I worked really hard and now I can go back to Farnham College in September to continue and focus on my A Level and BTEC studies.” 

Oliver, 18, is delighted to have passed his English GCSE with a grade 6. He is currently applying for Level 3 Apprenticeship vacancies within the Media and Film industries after completing his A Level and BTEC qualifications at Farnham College. Oliver says: “I am really pleased to have passed on my first retake, it’s a relief to know that I have achieved this qualification and now I am looking to start my future career after spending a great two years at Farnham College, which has prepared me well for my next steps.” 

Neil Brookes, Head of Farnham College, said “Our students have worked particularly hard this year with many adapting well to online learning during the period of lockdown. The results today are testament to students' determination, resolve and commitment in an extraordinary  set of circumstances - well done to all of our students - we wish you every success in the next stage of your learning.” 

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who is picking up the results they need today in their GCSEs. 

“Many of our GCSE students are sitting their exams with us for a second time, or in the case of some of our adult learners for the first time.  

 “Today will decide whether they are able to progress into the next stage of their education or access an opportunity they might not otherwise have been able to.  

 “For everyone that’s managed to get what you need, I want to say a big well done! This hasn’t been the easiest of years in which to study, but your perseverance and commitment to your studies has got you to where you need to be. 

 “And for those who haven’t quite achieved what you’d hoped for, please don’t despair. We will be there to support you over the coming days and help you to get where you need!” 

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