Record Results

GCSE maths results at Stoke on Trent College have increased for the fourth year running and those achieving A* to C grades in GCSE English have more than doubled.

Stoke on Trent College, which is accredited by the National Centre of Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, saw a 9% increase in learners achieving a grade C or above in GCSE Maths compared to last year.

Overall, 66 % of GCSE Maths students obtained a grade C or above in the subject, including 72% of adult learners (those aged 19 years and over).

In English, despite a sharp fall in English GCSE grades nationally, learners aged 16 to 18 years achieving grade C or above more than doubled at Stoke on Trent College. Among all GCSE English students (of all ages) at Stoke on Trent College, 47% of learners gained an A*, A or B grade.

Learners aged 19 years and over achieving grades A* to C in GCSE English also remained high at 61%.

Martin Newton, Maths Lecturer at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We put our success down to making maths fun for the learners, by using innovative activities, problem solving and making maths relevant to everyday life.

“The maths team at Stoke on Trent College get a real kick out of seeing learners succeed; many learners come to us having been unsuccessful at school and then successfully leave the College with a grade C or above.”

Now, the College has won funding to pilot the government’s new Level 3 core Maths qualification, which is designed for learners that already have their GCSE Maths at grade C.

Mr Newton continued: “This pilot will help those who further wish to enhance their Maths capability.

“We are excited to be able to offer this unique opportunity to our students.”

The number of students enrolled on GCSE English at Stoke on Trent College has also increased significantly for the second year running.

Sarah Thorrington, GCSE English lecturer at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We strive to ensure we deliver lively, vibrant sessions and engaging activities that relate the study of English to everyday contexts and the cutting edge of modern life.

“We are delighted to see so many learners succeed again this year and we are thrilled when the students tell us how much their success at college means to them. It often enables them to make a real difference to their future by opening doors to higher education and higher level employment.”

This summer Stoke on Trent College participated in a national pilot, to develop and enhance the skills used by teachers that presently teach functional English, to progress and become GCSE English teachers.

Ms Thorrington continued: “The pilot was a great success and we are hoping to establish an ongoing programme of upskilling staff to deliver GCSE English at the consistently high standard our results reflect.”

The pilot was launched to address a national shortage of English and Maths teachers in the UK.

Anyone wishing to find out more about English and Maths courses at Stoke on Trent College should call 01782 208208 or visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk.

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