GCSE success for East Coast College and Lowestoft Sixth Form students

The dedication and hard work of students studying GCSEs at East Coast College and Lowestoft Sixth Form College was celebrated today.

Students at East Coast College’s Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth campuses achieved an 89% pass rate in English and maths, with the number of students achieving 9-4 grades in English 15% higher than the national average for further education.

At Lowestoft Sixth Form College, students achieved a 91% pass rate in English and a 78% pass rate in maths.

For many students these results will allow them to progress to the next stage of their learning at college, onto higher education or their chosen career.

Lauren Hopley studied GCSE English at East Coast College’s Lowestoft campus and achieved a grade 9. She currently works in clinical support at the James Paget University Hospital, and her result will allow her to progress her training in nursing.

She said: “I’m so happy, the result is much better than I expected. It was a lot of hard work alongside my job at the hospital, but this will really help me going forwards.”

And Rebecca Naylor, who studied GCSE English at East Coast College’s Great Yarmouth campus, achieved a grade 7. She said: “I’m shocked but very happy. A grade this high was completely unexpected! This grade will allow me to go to university to study social work.”

“I had a brilliant all-round experience at East Coast College. I found that the staff are really helpful and push you to achieve good grades.”

Chief Executive Stuart Rimmer said: “Congratulations to all our students who have passed their GCSE exams this year. For many students these qualifications provide an important gateway to university, further training or achieving their dream job and we are proud that East Coast College can help them on their journey.

“As a college we also wish to extend our congratulations to all students in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft who collected their results today. We want to assure you that we have a place waiting for you at East Coast College and Lowestoft Sixth Form and we will work with you to support you in your next steps of learning. This might be a further education course, A Levels or on-the-job learning

through an apprenticeship. Whatever pathway you choose, we are ready to welcome you at our outstanding colleges.”

Any students who need support ahead of September with their application are invited to contact the college by emailing heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk or by calling 0800 854 695. Places are still available for students who have not yet secured their next steps for September, and applications can be made online at www.eastcoast.ac.uk and www.lowestoftsfc.ac.uk