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Swindon GCSE 2013: 100 per cent pass rate for New College
Buy this photo » Sharon Harding, who achieved a C in maths and a D in English, with her children Emily (three) and Katie (five).
THERE were celebrations all round at New College as almost 1,000 students celebrated their GCSE results.
Teenagers and adults all arrived eagerly to collect their all important envelopes and opened them with anticipation.
Almost everyone was pleased with what they had achieved as the college gained an overall pass rate of 99.4 per cent across the range of subjects studied. Pre-16 students achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.
Students also earned a 100 per cent pass rate in 24 out of 29 subjects including History, Geography, Physics Sociology, Photography and Film Studies.
New College Swindon may be best known for its A-Level offering but a total of 993 learners collected their GCSE results, with entries at New College becoming increasingly popular, increasing by 24 per cent on last year’s total.
Principal Graham Taylor said: “Today’s results are a great achievement for the learners and for the College.
“The learners’ success reflects their hard work and enthusiasm and is a tribute to the fantastic teaching and support provided by all staff here.
“We congratulate all of our students that have received GCSE results today and wish them all the very best for the future.”
Despite concerns across the country about the fall in the number of students taking foreign languages, New College students achieved superb results on a number of courses.
Every single French student received an A or A*, with 63 per cent in Italian and 52 per cent in Spanish getting the same grades.
Graham said: “GCSEs can also be combined with other courses at different levels to form a personalised learning programme that will best suit each learner’s individual needs.
“We also run a wide range of language courses including Arabic, Japanese and Russian.”
A total of 364 of the entries were for our adult students aged 19 and over studying GCSE subjects during evening classes, with 100 per cent of adult learners passing GCSE Maths and English and the overall pass rate across all subjects was 99.2 per cent.
There was a mixture of those who had returned to college after several years out of education with those sitting key exams vital for progression to the next stage of their studies.
One of those was 17-year-old William Donaldson who achieved a much needed C in English, meaning he can now move on to study a sports qualification.
He said: “I’m so happy to have got this result as I don’t know what I would have done next.
“I really want a career in sports as a coach or a PE teacher so I’m really chuffed to have been able to get the right grade.
“My parents will be really pleased because they know how much I have struggled with English.”
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