College celebrates successful GCSE retake results

College celebrates successful GCSE retake results

Dudley College of Technology is celebrating another successful year of helping hundreds of learners to secure successful grades (grade 9-4 / as was A* -C), in their GCSE resits, with 60% of learners achieving top grades in English and 44% in mathematics. All subjects are now assessed under the new examination system which sees all results grade on a scale of 9 -1 with grade 4 being equivalent to the grade C which is traditionally seen as a pass.

Commenting on the achievements College Principal of Dudley College of Technology Neil Thomas said: “We are delighted that we have been able to provide the teaching and support to allow so many of our learners to achieve success in GCSE mathematics and English. We know how vital these are to helping individuals pursue their ambitions, with many learners being held back in their careers up until now. Thanks to their hard work and the dedication of our staff many more individuals will be able to purse their career goals.”

“We are particularly pleased that we have been able to help our mature learners to re-engage with these subjects, many of whom had not been in education for years and were apprehensive about returning to study. It’s great news that they have been able to conquer their fears and achieve success.”

Learners such as Phoebe Sadler (aged 27) who obtained a top grade (grade 9) in English and a grade 4 in mathematics and Mandy Gill (aged 42) who obtained a grade 4 in mathematics were celebrating their achievements after sleepless nights spent in anticipation.   Commenting on her result Phoebe said:

“I’m absolutely delighted this now means I can go to Manchester University to study Oral Health Science. Having worked as a dental nurse it’s been my ambition to further my career but I needed to get my GCSE to secure my place. Now I have achieved my ambition.”

Many Gill who also needed to secure a pass grade in mathematics so she could fulfil her career ambition to study for a PGCE to be a Primary school teacher celebrated with her family who she said had been her rock throughout her studies. Offering encouragement to others who might be thinking of returning to study she said:

“There’s no end to learning. I’d tell others in my position to just do it.”

Alex Preda (added 18) achieved a grade 6 in English having studied it as a second language having come to the UK from Romania. Alex who is a student at Dudley College in the Peter Jones Academy will complete his studies next year and his GCSE result will help him secure a place at Birmingham City University to study Business Management. 

Other delighted students included Morgan Slater (aged 17) who achieved a grade 4 in her mathematics GCSE and will use her qualification to gain a place to train as a Paramedic.

Commenting on her success she said:  

“I’m so pleased to have achieved this grade as I really didn’t do well at school. I’m going home to chill out now. But I really want to thank my teachers for their help over the year I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about how they can improve their own English and mathematics skills can call 01384 363221 or visit

For more photographs from the day please see our GCSE Results Day 2019 Flickr album