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City College Plymouth Students Celebrate Excellent GCSE Results

There were celebrations at City College Plymouth today as GCSE students achieved an impressive overall pass rate of 99%.

From expectant mothers to those relying on their results to gain admission to university or a place on an Apprenticeship, there were happy tears, screams of disbelief and smiles all round as students opened their results.

We spoke to one student who has a truly fantastic story of individual success. 

Working full-time and a mother to three children – with one more on the way – Nelly already had a busy lifestyle, however, she wanted to make time to return to learning. After being out of education for 14 years she was initially unsure about what to study, however with the help of City College Plymouth staff she was able to choose a course to fit around her commitments. Due to give birth any second, Nelly still came in to collect her envelope and was incredibly happy with the results.

“I am so happy to have achieved my grade 4s in my GCSEs; I can’t quite believe it! This is the first step towards my future career.

“Studying GCSEs at the College, I have learnt a great deal and gained a better understanding of English and maths which has inspired me to apply for an Access to Higher Education course.

“Initially I felt lost, as I had been out of education for a long time. However, after being put in a class with like-minded people and dedicated teachers, I started to enjoy college life and my studies. Everyone is so helpful and positive. When I was struggling there were times when I nearly gave up, but I was always encouraged and given so much support, like one-to-ones with my lecturers and resources I could use in my free time. I now feel much more confident in my own abilities.” 

Kim Sourjani, Nelly’s maths lecturer, said: “I always thought Nelly was very capable and despite her very busy life she always found time for her studies. She is fantastic – very committed to her studies, regularly taking practice papers home and always catching-up if she missed a session. I am so pleased that she finally got her grade 4.

“It wasn’t easy for her but she is an incredibly strong and determined person, qualities I know will stand her in good stead as a nurse one day.”

CEO & Principal of City College Plymouth, Garry Phillips, said: “We are extremely proud of the excellent results achieved by our students. As the highest performing and student focused further education college in the country, it’s not surprising that our staff continue to support and deliver a fantastic experience for our students. This experience enables our students to gain excellent exam results, self-confidence and realise their ambitions and career opportunities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated and inspirational staff for all their hard work in helping our students achieve this impressive pass rate.”

Not making the grades doesn’t have to be the ‘be all and end all’. Everyone’s educational journey is different so, whether you get the qualifications you need at 16 or 60, there are options. Knowing what’s out there and having all the facts is so important in making an informed decision and doing what is best for you.

Those unsure about their next steps can call the College’s exams results helpline on 01752 305803 or get advice and guidance from College staff at a Results Advisory Session, Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 August 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Kings Road. 

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