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Outstanding GCSE success at Buxton & Leek College

Buxton & Leek College are once again celebrating astounding GCSE results with their students this year.

For the third consecutive year, the college can announce that they have exceeded the national position in GCSE English and maths examinations. Performing at an incredible 5.45% above the national average in GCSE English, and at a truly spectacular 12.9% above average achievement in mathematics. This is an incredible achievement, as official figures released show that nationally the percentage of GCSE resit students who achieve a grade 4 pass in English and maths has fallen again. Buxton & Leek College have defied this national picture, and proven that this is not the case for them.

Students studying GCSEs at Buxton & Leek College are those who have previously been unable to achieve their GCSE pass whilst studying at school.

Alison Ivins, Curriculum Leader for English and maths comments, “GCSE results day is one of those remarkable days, which endorses that the work we are doing here truly does change lives.

“The nature of GCSE retakes is tough, and widely accepted as one of the most difficult areas in education. To enable our students to achieve, after previously being deemed as a failure at school, is a momentous accomplishment.

“English and maths are vitally important skills, and we work with our students to equip them with the qualifications that they need to succeed in their chosen career pathway, and secure a brighter future for them.

“To outperform the rest of the country to such an extent is a really proud moment for the college and the English and maths team, but most of all, our phenomenal students.”

Students arrived throughout the morning at both Buxton, Leek and Derby campuses with lots of emotional scenes and tears of joy.

Collette Mossey from the Leek Campus passed GCSE maths with a grade 5/B after previously obtaining a D. She needed the grades to be able to proceed onto a Teaching course here at Buxton & Leek College.

Briony McGuinness achieved the highest possible grade 9 in English and a great result with maths too with a grade 5.  Briony is now looking forward to taking an Accounting and Law degree at University of Derby after completing her GCSEs alongside an Access to Higher Education


An overjoyed Molly Daniels studied Supported Teaching and Learning at the Leek campus this year passed her GCSE at grade 4/C. She is now continuing her education with the college with a Foundation Degree in Education.

Alfie Tomkinson achieved a Grade 4 in GCSE English today, following on from achieving his Functional Skills qualification in December and alongside his Public Services qualification at the Buxton campus.

Buxton & Leek College is enrolling students on Thursday 22nd August until 6pm, Friday 23rd August 9am – 4pm and Tuesday 27th August 9am – 6pm. Places are still available on all courses so it is not too late to apply and enrol. For more information call in to campus or phone 0800 074 00 99.