The results day wasn’t just for full-time study programme students as 19+ learners also shared their triumphs after taking part in Highbury’s free GCSE English for Adults and/or GCSE Maths for Adults.
One student was Greg Hounsome who originally left school with a G in GCSE maths and a D in GCSE English.
The 32-year-old is now celebrating after achieving a 5 in maths and a 7 in English Language, meaning he can now start an Access to HE Diploma (Health & Human Sciences) on his way to becoming an Occupational Therapist.
Greg said: “I’m quite shocked but I feel really good. I’m quite proud of myself. I’ve really struggled with English and maths, I’m dyslexic, so when I was at school I had a ‘don’t care’ kind of attitude.
“Now as an adult I want to go back and do a career change, so it was quite important to get a good result for both of these because I need it for the Access to HE course. Halfway through I thought ‘I can’t do this, this is too much’, especially with maths, but I stuck with it and it feels good to have passed – it’s amazing. Both my tutors were really really good.”
Also celebrating an amazing achievement was An Cui who received the highest grade possible, a 9 in GCSE maths.
Originally from China, An came to the UK in 2007 and decided to complete her GCSEs now she had little more time now children are a little older. She currently works as a healthcare assistant for the NHS and aspires to be a nurse.
The 44-year-old said: “I’m speechless–I never thought I would get a 9. I want to say that the tutor taught us brilliantly, but if you want to perform better, you’ve just got to work harder. Don’t be shy to ask if you don’t understand. I want to be a nurse. I will do my best and see how far I can go to reach my goal.
“Highbury’s a really brilliant place to study and achieve your goal. All the tutors are really positive and they way they teach us is just wonderful.
“I just want to say to everyone, never think about your age, you never know what your potential is, and don’t be afraid to learn.”
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