Smiles all round as students celebrate GCSE success

29 August, 2023 12:07 pm

For our GCSE and Level 2 students, the anxious wait for results came to an end last week. 

Learners faced the challenge of a return to pre-pandemic grading levels, despite many having had their secondary education disrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown periods.

But there was much cause for celebration at Harrogate College, as students of all ages and walks of life celebrated their exam success. 

“I can’t believe it!”

James Thompson couldn’t contain his excitement after he got his GCSE Maths result. 

He said: “I’m truly buzzing. I can’t believe it, I got a 5! It was definitely worth all the hard work as this passing grade will open so many doors for me.”

As he moves on to the next stage in his education, James looks back on his time at the college with fondness.

He added: “I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received, particularly from my tutor Marie.”

First time lucky

Amber Crane was previously homeschooled, and had never sat a formal exam before. 

She said: “I was quite nervous, but I had a lot of support. I’ve just found out I passed my GCSE English with a 7, so I’m really pleased.

“Attending college was a big change for me, but I don’t regret it.”

Amber is now going on to do a T Level in Health.

Celebrating together

Friends Andrii, Sam and Simon all passed GCSE Maths with excellent grades. 

Andrii moved to the UK from Ukraine last year and was delighted to get an exceptional grade 8 despite the tough circumstances. 

Sam and Simon are looking forward to progressing with their electrical studies.