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GCSE success for Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College students

Nearly 95% of Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College students taking full-time GCSE programmes or standalone maths and English GCSEs achieved a pass in this year’s exams.

20 August 2020

Nearly 95% of Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College students taking full-time GCSE programmes or standalone maths and English GCSEs achieved a pass in this year’s exams.  

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

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 want to study at degree level and also part-time students who have studied GCSEs at evening classes. 


Liam Thorburn, a 16-year-old full-time GCSE student, was one of the top performers at Bracknell and Wokingham College. Liam is celebrating an outstanding set of results at grade 9 in biology, chemistry and physics, grade 6 in maths and grade 5 in English (above his predicted grade 4). Liam, who was previously home-schooled had left his previous school after being bullied. He applied to study at Bracknell and Wokingham College, following in his sister's footsteps.    

His mum, Joanne Thorburn, said: “Liam settled in very well at the college and we can only thank his tutors for that. Each subject tutor went out of their way with him to make sure he was up to date, as he had been home-schooled previously, and he just thrived.  

“He has now just received his results and he got 9s in all three of his science subjects, which is what he had worked so hard for. I cannot thank every one of his tutors and the college enough for what they did for Liam.”    

Liam will now study A Levels in biology, maths and physics at the college, with the aim of becoming a Microbiologist. 


Joseph Bonney, a 19-year-old student from Wokingham, who previously lived in Ghana and decided to study his GCSEs at the college, while working part-time as a carer, after relocating to the UK, is thrilled with his grade 8 in GCSE sociology, grade 7 in biology and citizenship studies (above his predicted grade 5), 6 in maths and 5 in English (above his predicted grade 4). 

Joseph said: “I’m very happy with my results. Studying in the UK has been a new and different environment for me but I want to say a massive thank you to my teachers as if it wasn’t for them, I don’t think that I would have made it this year. 

“My English wasn’t good before but over the year, my language has improved, and I have made a few friends too.  

“I would definitely recommend the college to anyone who wants to study GCSEs.” 

Joseph will now go on to study A Levels in accountancy, business, maths and law at the college, with the aim of becoming an accountant or a financial solicitor.  

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!” 

Bracknell and Wokingham College offers part-time GCSEs in English and maths. The college also offers two full-time GCSE pathways, the humanities pathway consists of English, maths, history, sociology and media. The science pathway consists of biology, chemistry, English, maths and physics. 

Bracknell and Wokingham College teaches a wide range of A Levels including history, law, biology and accounting, as well as a degree-level qualifications in psychology and criminology and the Professional / Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 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.