City of Bristol College is celebrating an average overall pass rate of 96.5% in GCSE maths and English. The percentage of students achieving a grade C or above, or its equivalent, has also significantly increased by an average of 10% from last year which reflects the College’s overall improvement.
Amongst the College students who received their GCSE results were two mature students, Gabriella Bolford (43) from Kingswood and Oliver Gamblin (36) from St. George.
For Oliver (pictured, with Hector, his son), taking a GCSE English was his second take of this subject. Having previously achieved grade D at the age of 16, Oliver wanted to prove to himself that he can do better second time round. Having achieved the top grade of 9, he certainly accomplished his goal. Despite Oliver’s enjoyment of being back in the classroom, he had to take on additional duties half way through the course when he became a father to his son. Sleepless nights did not discourage him, if anything they gave him more motivation to do well for his son. “I’m sure one day I’ll tell my son the story of how I went back to college at the age of 36 to study English. I very much enjoyed my course, especially the fact that there was a great mix of people in my class, including teenagers and mature people. This meant that the classroom had great dynamics and we were able to share different experiences amongst ourselves.”
Gabriella couldn’t be more pleased with her grades of A* in maths and 5 in English which will now take her onto Access to Higher Education at the College, just one step away from completing a PGCE and becoming a qualified teacher. The mum of two aged 13 and 15 commented: “I really enjoyed my learning experience at the College. I didn’t only learn the subjects I came to do but also through the observation of my teachers, I’ve been able to gain lots of hints and tips on how to teach in a classroom, which is ultimately my personal career goal. Teachers have been extremely supportive of everyone in the class. Their dedication to our success was evident in every lesson. My eldest daughter is starting Year 11 in September and through my experience of the new and original GCSE syllabus, I’ll be able to relate to her experience a lot more.”
Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Bristol College, commented: “As ever, we are all extremely proud of all our students. These grades reflect the amount of dedication our students have to their studies and the passion for learning which drives our staff. We are excited to see what their future holds for these students as they either progress onto further study or make their mark in the world of work.”
This is the first year when some students are receiving their GCSE result grades under the new grading system of 9 to 1. Trying to interpret results can be a minefield, if not for students themselves, some parents or employers may find it difficult to understand the new grades. City of Bristol College can assist; staff understand what is required to meet course entry criteria and will support applicants in making right career choices. Enrolment is now open at the College. Anyone who hasn’t achieved their predicted grades should not panic. There are plenty of alternative options available. Drop in to one of City of Bristol College centres before Friday 1st September with your original certificate of results to find a course that suits you.