Students Make College Count!

GCSE maths results for adult learners at Stoke on Trent College have increased for the fifth year running whilst the pass rate for GCSE English for all students has increased by over 10%.

Stoke on Trent College, saw a 2% increase in adult learners achieving a grade C or above in GCSE Maths compared to last year.

Overall, a third of GCSE Maths students obtained a grade C or above in the subject, including almost 60% of adult learners (those aged 19 years and over). Over 92% of GCSE Maths students received a GCSE pass.

93% of GCSE English students at Stoke on Trent college passed their exam, seeing a 10% increase on 16-18 year old students from previous years.

Among all GCSE English students (of all ages) at Stoke on Trent College, almost 30% 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 65%.

Martin Newton, Head of Maths 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.”

Stoke on Trent College received funding to pilot the government’s new Level 3 Core Maths qualification, designed for learners that already have their GCSE Maths at grade C. Mr Newton said the pilot has been very successful.

He added: “Almost 75% of the students passed the qualification which is a tremendous achievement and a fantastic starting point for us as a college. We always try and make Maths exciting for our students – and have a number of imaginative ideas to involve the whole community in the coming year!”
The number of students enrolled on GCSE English at Stoke on Trent College has also increased significantly from previous years.

Jason Davies, Head of English 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.”

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

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