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GCSE success for Activate Learning's Merrist Wood College students

Posted on 24 August 2020

This year, a total of 92 Activate Learning’s Merrist Wood campus students taking GCSE programmes achieved a pass grade after studying English and/or maths qualifications. 

These are young people who need to retake these qualifications whilst studying their main subjects at the college.  

Gavin, an 18-year old animal management student at Merrist Wood College, has  passed both English and maths GCSEs with grades 6 and 5 respectively. Gavin has just completed his Level 2 qualifications and is now able to progress up to Level 3 Animal Management as a result of his GCSE success.  

Gavin said: “I’m very happy and proud of my achievement as I worked very hard to pass my GCSEs. I have missed going to college so much and I just can’t wait to get back in September to start the next year of my studies!” 

Isla, 18, is studying for her Level 3 in Animal Management and is delighted to have passed her English GCSE with a grade 5.  

Isla said “I am really pleased that I achieved a higher grade than I was expecting and I am looking forward to going back to college in September to complete the second year of my course, I’ve missed college and seeing my friends!” 

Jo Manser, Director of Merrist Wood College, said “I would like to congratulate our Merrist Wood College and all Activate Learning students on the grades they are receiving today, we know how hard many of you have worked for this and we are very proud of your achievements.” 

Sally Dicketts CBE, Chief Executive of Activate Learning, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who is picking up the results they need today in their GCSEs. 

“Many of our GCSE students are sitting their exams with us for a second time, or in the case of some of our adult learners for the first time.  

 “Today will decide whether they are able to progress into the next stage of their education or access an opportunity they might not otherwise have been able to.  

 “For everyone that’s managed to get what you need, I want to say a big well done! This hasn’t been the easiest of years in which to study, but your perseverance and commitment to your studies has got you to where you need to be. 

 “And for those who haven’t quite achieved what you’d hoped for, please don’t despair. We will be there to support you over the coming days and help you to get where you need!” 

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