Second Time Success For Determined Students At MK College

Thu 21 Aug 2014

“Nervous”, “excited”, “surprised”, some “completely speechless”. These were just a few of the emotions described by students arriving this morning to collect the brown envelopes that contained those long awaited GCSE results.

For this group of students however, today was extra special.  The majority were involved in the College’s GCSE resit programme. Some may have sat the exams before but opted to return to the College to achieve a higher grade or pass. Some may have left school early and decided to come back and start again to make way for brighter beginnings.  Despite their different journeys, they all had one thing in common, and that was taking the next big step into their future.

Claire Spencer, GCSE Programme Manager said “We are trying to help people, from a whole variety of educational backgrounds achieve these much needed GCSEs. Whether they are planning to go into the world of work, or to go on in education, those A to C grades are what people want to see, and that’s what we aim for.”

For those who perhaps haven’t achieved what they had hoped for, the options are wide open and help is on hand. Claire said “The advisory days we have running over the next few days are extremely important. We are here to help, support, and guide the students onto the next step that works for them and their learning style.”

One student jumping for joy was twenty year old Matthew Cardy, who achieved an impressive B in English and respectable C in Maths. Matthew spoke of the tough decision to return to education after missing out on taking the exams when he was at school. “It’s been a long road to today. After pulling out of school, I attempted to come back again last year but I had some personal issues and dropped out. I didn’t want to give up, I came back this year and the support was great. It’s been a long process to get here. I can now start doing what everyone else has been doing since they were sixteen. I used to feel embarrassed to say I was back at square one, but today, I feel really good.” Matt is looking to continue with his studies at Milton Keynes College by taking a course in Accountancy.

Seventeen year old Leah Kempster, achieved an A in Psychology and B in Sociology “It’s been a good year. I missed some school due to being unwell, so came back to resit my exams. It’s been hard work but I’m so glad I did it.”

It seems that the message from staff and students flocking to Milton Keynes College today is one of “if one door closes, another opens”.

MK College Advisory Days will be held on Friday 22nd August and Tuesday 26th August from 10am until 4pm at its Chaffron Way Campus.  For more information contact

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