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GCSE success for Reading College students

97% of Activate Learning’s Reading College students taking maths and English GCSEs achieved a pass in this year’s exams. This is roughly equivalent to the college’s results from 2017, despite the changes to both this year’s curricula and grading structures.

Three learners, Adrian Faloon, Aga Mrozinska and Yee Ling Hong, achieved the coveted new top grade of 9 for maths.

Many of the college’s GCSE students are learners who have had to resit maths, English or both in order to progress with their education. Of students aged 16-18, 290 saw improvements of a grade or more from their starting point in mathematics, and 344 improved by a grade or more in English.

Reading College learners include mature students who need these GCSEs to progress in their careers, learners who may have missed the chance to go to university first time round and need these qualifications to get into a degree course, and also part-time students who have studied for their GCSE at evening classes.

Alex Warner, Acting Head of Campus at Reading College, said: “This year’s GCSEs have been more challenging with intensified content and a new grading system, and we are extremely proud of how our GCSE students have tackled these exams this year. We are delighted with our 3 grade 9s in mathematics, placing these students among the best in the country, but of course we are congratulating all of our GCSE students, and we look forward to supporting them in the next steps of their learning pathways.

Aga Mrozinska is celebrating her outstanding results, achieving a grade 9 in maths and a grade 7 in English. Aga said: “I am delighted with my results. It was hard work, but I had so much support from my tutors here and they have helped me achieve these great grades”. Aga studied our Access to Education Professions course and is hoping to go to Reading University this September, to study either education or biology.

Adrian Faloon was thrilled with his grade 9 in GCSE maths. “It is all down to the brilliant teaching and support that you get at the college, I am very pleased to have achieved the top mark”.

Yee Ling Hong, originally from China, achieved a grade 9 in maths: “I am very pleased with this grade. The teaching has been fantastic; I am really looking forward to continuing my A- Level studies with Reading College in September”.

Reading College offers a wide range of A-Levels in business, science, communication and social sciences, as well as higher level (include degrees) programmes  in engineering and IT and Computing.

The college is providing information, advice and guidance to anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after GCSEs. More information is available at www.activatelearning.ac.uk/advice