Eastleigh College learners of all ages are today celebrating the success of their GCSE English and maths exam results, alongside a 3 year improvement of College-wide pass rates and performance above all equivalent national comparatives.
Rhys, who has just completed his level 3 in Travel and Tourism spoke of how his incredible achievement has now enabled him to pursue his career, through an on board apprenticeship with Carnival UK. “I woke up feeling incredibly nervous, this was my 4th attempt at GCSE maths, but as it was my final year I gave it an extra big shot and took extra classes. When I opened my results I thought I was going to cry! I don’t think there is a positive word to describe how I’m feeling! I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do my apprenticeship without my maths grade, but now I know I’ll be starting my training next month! I can’t wait!”
During the collection of their results Peter, Christine and Joan, who studied GCSE maths, spoke of their determination to achieve something which they gave up at school over 40 years ago. “I think we all just refused to be defeated and wanted to prove to ourselves that we could do it. Our teacher was absolutely wonderful, she got us through this; she was patient, caring and went out of her way to prepare things that would help us. She also knew by instinct when to push us and when to take a step back. We all got 5’s, that are equivalent to a B+, which was a complete shock; champagne is definitely on the cards!”
Majedakhan a level 2 Media, Marketing and Events Management student who passed both GCSE English and maths, added; “I’m feeling so so happy right now, it’s the best feeling! I’ve been trying for two years, but asked for extra help this time which I think really helped. I also had the best teachers; I’ve definitely found it more relaxed and helpful here. I’m now looking forward to starting the second year of my course, then going onto University!”
This is yet another fantastic achievement for all of the Eastleigh College community! A huge congratulations to all of the learners and staff involved.
We are delighted to have been recognised by The Times Education Awards for the support we provide to students who need to re-sit their GCSEs after leaving school. The excellent results our students achieved last summer include more than twice the national average gaining a maths GCSE, testament to the dedicated team of teachers who use innovative approaches and techniques to inspire our learners.
Young chefs and hospitality students from Eastleigh College were joined by other competitors from training providers across the south to take part in the southern regional heat of an established national competition. The Major Series 2020, which is organised by Major International in conjunction with the Craft Guild of Chefs, saw 50 competitors take over Eastleigh College's three professional kitchens and East Avenue restaurant and work their culinary majic across ten different classes from 'afternoon tea' to 'street food'.