Dudley College has strong GCSE performance amidst more uncertainty for vocational qualifications

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 63.4% of learners achieving top grades in English and 41.5% in mathematics. This is a slightly improved picture on last year as 61.5% of learners achieved equivalent grades in English and 40.4% in mathematics.

Commenting on the achievements College Principal of Dudley College of Technology Neil Thomas said: “We are delighted that the hard work of students has been reflected in the grades they have been awarded and the professionalism of our staff in making sound judgments has been recognised in the use of centre assessed grades. After what we all acknowledge has been a challenging year, many of our adult students can now secure places on degree programmes and our 16-18-year-old learners can move on in their future career ambitions because of the second-chance opportunity further education has given them to achieve these essential grades in these core subjects.”

Students at Dudley Academies Trust, which the college sponsors, also performed well with encouraging progress in all areas and the significant evidence that the quality of teaching and learning in each of the academies schools has taken a leap forward.

At the same time as students were receiving their GCSE grades Pearson one of the largest exam boards, announced that it would regrade all BTecs in line with GCSE and A levels and asked colleges not to communicate the grades they had previously sent to colleges to issue today - creating more uncertainty for students. . Commenting on this latest announcement Neil Thomas said:

“I along with other Principals in Dudley borough have decided to issue all BTEC grades as this feels right for all young people who have been waiting to know the outcomes of their studies. The exam Boards have pledged no student’s grades will go down in this process – so this seems the right thing to do to end this period of uncertainty, and help learners move on with their lives.”

Individual success stories included adult learner Alison Davis who achieved a grade 4 pass in GCSE mathematics and was overwhelmed with her result saying:

“I am 56 and thought I was useless at maths, my teacher at school said that a monkey could do maths better than me, but now I have done it and I could n’t be more delighted.”

Barry Abubakar (aged 18), a second year Engineering student also achieved a grade 4 in English allowing him to secure his place to study Engineering at university. Barry studies English as his second language, so this is especially pleasing and was achieved after year of very hard work.

Similarly, Fariba Nazari (aged 36) achieved a grade 8 in English after beginning her studies in 2015 and despite many obstacles persevered to achieve her dream of being able to gain the grades which will allow her to study medicine.