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Buxton & Leek College students rewarded with the results they deserve

Once again, Buxton & Leek College students and staff are celebrating phenomenal English and maths GCSE resit successes, with over 180 students achieving a grade 4 or higher pass on results day.

The College has significantly exceeded national resit achievement rates for successive years and this year’s GCSE performance continues that trend.

Last year students’ achievements were spectacular and resulted in the College being shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement FE Award for ‘Outstanding GCSE resit Provision.’

This year has seen the College’s own record pass rates surpassed again, with a considerable increase in achievement that has resulted in a 16.8% rise in 4 to 9 grades in GCSE English, and 18.2% in GCSE mathematics compared to 2019.  Despite well publicised increases nationally, Buxton & Leek College students have achieved results in GCSE English that are 12.5% better than the national rate and GCSE Maths results that are 19.1% better.

Alison Ivins, Senior Curriculum Leader for English and maths comments, “Yet again, I am absolutely delighted with our students’ GCSE results and success this year. The students have worked incredibly hard all year, both on campus, and through comprehensive remote learning and live-streamed online lessons, and it is tribute to all this hard work to see them rewarded with the results they deserve today!”

“There was no hugging today, but the joy was still there for all to see and feel. A lot can change in education very quickly, and I am in awe of how well both teachers and students have responded to the move to ‘lockdown learning’.”

“It is extremely tough for students to pick themselves up, and dust themselves off after previously receiving a set back with their GCSE grades, and we are immensely passionate about providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve their GCSE English and maths, and work hard to support them all the way. We are very proud of all our students for overcoming many obstacles this year and wish them every success in their future careers.”

Len Tildsley, Principal of Buxton & Leek College said, “I am immensely proud of the performance of our students and the dedication of our teaching and support staff, who have again delivered a step-change in GCSE results in a very challenging year for everyone.  We are a small college and as a result we can provide a ‘personal touch’ to learning that has once again resulted in outstanding achievements.”

Buxton & Leek College provides a wide range of vocational and career focused courses for school leavers and adults, offering students the chance to achieve their true potential, including the opportunity to resit GCSE English and maths if they did not achieve the grade they were hoping for at school. This is achieved with engaging and innovative teaching and learning methods, adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of individual pupils, providing a different approach to the subjects and enabling students to realise their true ability.

The College also offers very popular part time English and maths adult courses that are delivered both on campus and online, in both GCSE and Functional Skills. These courses are designed to enable adults to brush up on their English and maths skills, around their work and family commitments, and to provide the confidence and skills needed to either progress onto further study, or to further their career options.

Find out more about studying maths and English at Buxton & Leek College.


Morgan Wilkins receiving a grade 6 in his English Language GCSE, after successfully achieving his GCSE maths and Level 2 IT Diploma last academic year, and he will be continuing onto his second year of Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in IT at Level 3 this September.

Scarlett Boyd absolutely thrilled to be receiving her grade 4 pass in her GCSE English language. At the age of 21, Scarlett had previously missed out on getting her grade at school, but has thoroughly enjoyed her adult evening classes, and has really excelled at Buxton & Leek College.


Holly Bentley, opening her results to find she has achieved a grade 5.