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GCSE success for Banbury and Bicester College students

22 August 2019

More than 97% of students who sat their English and Maths GCSE at Activate Learning’s Banbury and Bicester College achieved a pass in this year’s exams.  

Many of the college’s GCSE students are learners who have had to resit maths, English or both to continue in education.  

These 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. 

One person who is celebrating today is Amy Harrison, 31, who managed to secure her place at university to study Occupational Therapy with her 4 in English.  

Amy, who previously completed an Access to HE course with Activate Learning, needed the grade to get onto her course and was “over the moon” when she realised she had done it.  

She said: “This is amazing news, just amazing! I’m so pleased as I was so nervous about opening the result up. I hoped I had done it, but you never know.  

“It’s been hard work juggling a family and work with coming back to school, but the teachers have been so supportive throughout the whole process, I’m so pleased that I’ve done it!” 

Another person celebrating was 24-year-old Masie Buntin, who got a level 6 in English and is now off to Birmingham City University to study Finance and Investment.  

She said: “Going to uni was something I’d written off. I just didn’t think it would happen, but my boyfriend pushed me to try and I came to college.  

“It’s amazing and I’m so pleased that I can go to uni now and study. It’s been great being at college and I’ve made lots of friends that I know I will keep in touch with. Everyone has just been so supportive. It’s amazing!” 

And Josh Lovesey, 18, said he was “ecstatic” after getting a level 5 in English, having come to Activate Learning with a level 3. He’s now planning to move onto an apprenticeship in motor vehicles at the college.  

He said: “I’m really pleased as I needed this to get onto the apprenticeship I want to do. It’s fantastic.  

“The teachers here are brilliant and have helped everyone so much to get their grades.” 

Activate Learning Group Chief Executive Sally Dicketts MBE, said: “We are always excited at GCSE results day at Activate Learning. 

“Many of our students getting their results today have already sat these exams at school and failed to get the grades they require. So it is really pleasing to see them now significantly improving their maths and English results 

“I would also like to congratulate our many adult learners who collected their results today. Some of their stories are truly remarkable and I am delighted to see their hard work to improve themselves and their determination to change their lives has been rewarded.  

“These results are a testament to the student’s hard work and the approach we take to learning at our colleges. We understand that in order for our learners to succeed, we need to provide them with support and help them to get into a mindset where they feel they are able to do it.” 

Banbury and Bicester College provides a wide range of further education pathways including creative industries, technology, professional cookery and motor vehicle programmes. Additionally, our extensive network of business partners means that we provide outstanding apprenticeship opportunities. 

This year we are providing information, advice and guidance at the college on the GCSE results day, and throughout the end of August and early September. Tutors and career advisers will be on hand to help anyone who is unsure as to what to do next after GCSEs, and we can also provide advice on funding and other student support services.