Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:50

Top marks for GCSEs

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There were tears of joy and plenty of cheers from students at Langley College and Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, on Thursday (24th August 2017) as they celebrated excellent GCSE results.

Many of the students receiving results had been studying GCSEs in English and maths as a part-time course while working, looking after their children or studying a vocational course at the College. In fact, over 475 students achieved grade A*-C in GCSE maths and/or English, with many more improving their results by one, two or even three grades.

As well as English and maths, the College also offers GCSEs in science and languages. Language students at the Windsor College had particular cause for celebration. In fact, on the part-time Spanish GCSE course 100% of students achieved A*-D grades, with five out of seven students obtaining A*-B. In addition, 100% of students achieved A*-A in GCSE Polish.

A delighted Michelle Hegarty was one of the students at Langley College to achieve an A* in GCSE English, after originally getting a D in the subject at school. She explains: “When I saw I had got an A*, I had to get my teacher to check it as I was so surprised and overwhelmed. I want to work in childcare, so it was really important for my career that I passed. I’m on the borderline for dyslexia, so English was always my worst subject. I’m so happy with my result.”

Farida Majumder (from Iver) was also celebrating with a B in English and a C in maths. She decide to return to education after many years and study part-time at Langley College, while looking after her three children. She said: “I felt very emotional opening my results. Sadly my dad passed away the day before my maths exam and I nearly didn’t go, but my husband encouraged me. My teachers at college were amazing, they made studying very enjoyable and I never missed a single lesson. These results have given me the confidence to continue my education now.”

Dominic Bennett (17, from Windsor), who has been studying a carpentry course at Langley College alongside retaking his GCSE English, was elated at achieving a grade B: “I’m really happy to have passed. I found studying at college much more enjoyable than school. The teachers are always available to help you and there is a great atmosphere here.”
New mum Charity Chimpanda was also delighted with her grades, achieving grade C in both English and maths. Having juggled studying with looking after two children over the last year, she said: “I came back to college to take my GCSEs, so I can become a nurse. My results mean I can now go on to university to study adult nursing. It has been an amazing year.”

Atiqa Naeem was another outstanding student, who achieved an A* in maths and English at Langley College. She explains: “I was not expecting an A*. It has been a while since I have been in full-time education and I really enjoyed the classroom experience after all these years. It made me feel young again. It was good academically because now I am able to help my children in their studies and I have got a place studying the AAT Level 2 course at the College in September.”

East Berkshire College offers a wide variety of part-time and full-time courses ranging from introductory right through to degree level. Subjects include everything from IT and accounting to interior design and teacher training. Combining inspirational teaching and excellent support services with a vibrant atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities, the College is committed to helping every student fulfil their potential.

For further details on over 800 courses at East Berkshire College, please click here or call 01753 793000. For more details on GCSE courses, click here.

Published in A Levels

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Windsor College students and staff are celebrating another year of superb A Level results, as final grades were revealed today (17th August 2017) after weeks of nervous anticipation.

Continuing to set high standards, the College’s full A Level pass rate was an excellent 95%, with 10 students achieving A* grades in seven different subjects. The College also celebrated 100% pass rate in 12 subjects including English subjects, biology, law, further maths, fine art, Spanish, French and photography. The College’s overall A*-C pass rate was 68%.

Windsor College was packed with nervous students waiting to open those all-important envelopes. Anxiety soon turned to smiles as they found out their marks.

One of the most outstanding students was Christopher Walden (aged 25, from Maidenhead), who achieved three A* grades in maths, further maths and physics.

“I can’t describe how happy I was when I opened my results. I never expected to come this far. I’m glad I decided to study at the College after many years out of education. My lecturers here were amazing, they believed in me and challenged me to go further. These results mean I can now go on to study maths at University College London – one of the best universities in the country!

“I didn’t enjoy school, but college was completely different. Education hasn’t changed but my attitude to it has. It is not about where you come from and start, it is about how hard you work and how much you want it. Education teaches you to be resilient and work through challenges and failures to build your character, as well as your subject knowledge. Studying at college has inspired me in so many ways, not just academically.”

The results are the climax of an incredible journey for Christopher, who left school with just a grade C in GCSE maths. He came to Windsor College three years ago to retake his GCSEs after seven years out of education. Having excelled at the college and discovered a new found love of maths, he achieved A* grades at GCSE and was inspired to continue his studies at A Level.

Josephine Ali (aged 18, from Windsor) was also elated with her results. Having achieved grade A in Business Studies, A in psychology and B in maths, Josephine has secured her place at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom to study Fashion Marketing and Business.

Josephine said: “I was so relieved when I saw my results. All the hard work I put in was worth it. I’ve made some great friends at Windsor College and the lecturers were very supportive. I’m really excited about the future and hope to work for a luxury fashion brand when I finish university.”

Rebecca Grosvenor (19, from Iver) is off to Canterbury University to study Primary Education after achieving grade A in psychology, B in sociology and B in maths. An excited Rebecca said: “These results mean everything to me. I cried with happiness when I opened the envelope. I’ve really enjoyed my time at the College, everyone has been really supportive.”

Scott Hancock (from Maidenhead) was also celebrating achieving an A in biology, A in chemistry and A in maths: “I’m so happy with my results, and want to thank the teachers as they were brilliant. I’m now looking forward to studying Veterinary Science at Liverpool University.”

Having achieved their grades, many of the College leavers will now be going on to a range of top universities, including UCL, Reading, Bath, Loughborough, Exeter and Brunel as well as exciting employment opportunities.

Kate Webb, Group Principal of East Berkshire College, said: “Our students have done themselves proud. It is great to see so many young people fulfilling their potential. It is a huge credit not only to the students, but also their teachers. We wish all our students the very best of luck in their chosen university courses or career paths.”

Windsor College, part of East Berkshire College, has continued to go from strength to strength over the last 50 years. With consistently high A Level results over the years, the College has earned itself an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality education and training.

The College offers a range of over 20 subjects at A Level including maths, media, psychology, English literature, history, Spanish, fine art, photography and all sciences. Combining inspirational teaching and excellent support services with a vibrant atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities, Windsor College is committed to helping every student fulfil their potential.

For further information on the College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, click here or call 01753 793000.

Published in A Levels

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