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

12 August, 2021

Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College students taking full-time GCSE programmes or standalone maths and English GCSEs are celebrating as over 99% 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.

Sandy celebrates her GCSE results

Sandy Indongo, aged 18-years-old from Farnham, a GCSE Science pathway student, was one of the top performers at Bracknell and Wokingham College. Sandy is celebrating an outstanding set of results with grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, English, Physics and a grade 8 for Maths. Sandy moved to England last year from Namibia, having not previously finished her high school education there. She did her GCSE Science Pathway on a fast-track programme.

Sandy said: “I feel really proud and I’m grateful for all of the hard work that I have put in and all of the sacrifices I have made to achieve my results.

“Throughout my time at college, my tutors have been really supportive and have taught me really well. I’ve had a really great learning experience, which I’ve never had before and I’m so grateful for their hard work, sacrifices and input. I’m looking forward to seeing them in September when I start my A Levels here!”

Sandy will now study A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths at the college on Church Road, with the aim of studying medicine at university and train to become a doctor.

George Chaloner, aged 24-years-old, from Bracknell, a GCSE Science Pathway student, is thrilled with his grades, achieving a grade 8 for Chemistry, grade 7 for Biology, English and Physics and a grade 4 for Maths. George previously struggled at school due to learning difficulties and decided to return to education to improve his prospects.

George celebrates his GCSE results

George said: “I feel really good about my results. I was a bit worried about what I was going to get for Physics and Maths, but I’m very pleased with both of them, especially Maths.

“Bracknell and Wokingham College is an amazing place with great teachers, who are very supportive. I’ve met some really friendly students and staff who are really helpful, and I’ve had a good time here.

“Before coming here I was working part-time. I didn’t do very well at school, so I thought I would come back and do it all again. Returning to education was a bit strange, and it wasn’t easy, but it was worth it!”

George is now considering studying an Applied Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Bracknell and Wokingham College. After college, he would like to study Chemistry at university or progress onto an apprenticeship.

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “Congratulations and well done to those of you picking up your GCSE and level 2 results today. You have managed, under difficult and changing circumstances, to stay focused on your studies and have I hope obtained the grades you were wishing for.

“There are now a range of worthwhile, stretching vocational and/ or academic courses for you to consider undertaking, in order to provide you with the jobs and lifestyle you want for your future.

“But all is not lost if you haven’t got what you had hoped for, we can work with you to help you realise your ambition. Just come and speak to us at Activate Learning whatever your results. We can help.”

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 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. Discover more information and book a session.