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Students and staff at Havering College of Further and Higher Education are celebrating after they excelled in this year’s record number of GCSE exam entries.

This summer 1,322 students sat GCSE English Language and/or mathematics alongside their other studies, many of them re-sitting the exams, which will become compulsory for all young people from academic year 15-16 if they do not achieve a grade C at school. For Havering College this represents a 137% increase for English Language and 159% increase for mathematics against 2014.

Overall the college pass rate remained the same as 2014, in addition;
663 more students passed their GCSEs compared to last year
75 more students achieved high grades compared to last year
380 more students passed their English GCSE compared to last year
335 more students passed their Maths GCSE compared to last year

Maria Thompson, Principal at Havering College of Further and Higher Education said "This has been a record year for learners taking GCSEs especially English and Maths here at Havering College. I'm so proud of how students and staff have risen to the challenge, and these results are well deserved."

For a number of students, Havering College has provided a second chance to achieve after being unsuccessful at school, and a number of adults have also made the most of the opportunity, by attending GCSE maths and English evening classes. Others have found that a GCSE opens doors to apprenticeships and university places.

Among the colleges top performers this year is Ettila Sultana, 17, from Barking, who achieved 4 A grades and 1 A*. Ettila said "Science is my main focus, I want to go to university to study medicine".

Emma Randall, age 39, from Harold Hill, resat her maths GCSE for the second time after missing out by 1 mark last year and was delighted with the result. Emma, who is currently studying a Foundation Degree in supporting teaching and learning in schools at Havering College is now on track to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher.

Dinesh Jeboaraj, 18, from Dagenham was delighted to pass his GCSE maths on the 3rd attempt. His success will enable his progression to an Access to HE Diploma in Computing and then on to university. He said "I am over the moon to have passed and I can't wait to start my new course"

Aspiring special effects make-up artist, Megan Eastwood, 17, from Basildon was delighted to succeed with GCSE English and will be starting an Art and Design course at Havering College.

Mum of 3 Rachel Page, 44, from Brentwood, the Deputy Manager of a Montessori nursery in Epping, needed GCSEs in science and English Language to pursue her ambition to graduate with an Early Years Degree. Rachel said "I am super pleased with the result. The science teaching at the college was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. "

Callum Macnamara, 15, from Upminster, took exams a year early and had a double celebration, achieving a well-deserved GCSE grade B in maths and a merit grade in Level 2 Engineering. After celebrating with his proud family, Callum plans to spend the next year achieving the rest of his GCSEs.

Public Services student Cameron Robinson, 17, was delighted to pass his English GCSE having missed the grade by 1 mark last year. Cameron is continuing with year two of the Public Services Level 3 course after which he is hoping to join the Metropolitan Police force.

Classmates Anjana Kampurath and Marium Mohammed were celebrating after gaining A*, A & B grades in 6 subjects each. Neither expected such high grades and both are now looking forward to pursuing their studies in science with a view to progressing on to university.

Business student Samuel Antwi is hoping to use his GCSEs alongside his BTEC Level 3 Business studies to secure a Higher Apprenticeship and study business and finance with a top city firm.

Havering College of Further & Higher Education is open to give support and guidance at results time, with special drop in sessions for school leavers and late night opening.

Come in and find out about vocational courses and professional qualifications in a range of areas, including undergraduate studies and Apprenticeships.

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