Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

CLLR ZAHIR MO­HAMMED Cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil I AM writ­ing to of­fer my con­grat­u­la­tions to the many adults who notched up ex­cel­lent GCSE re­sults at the end of last month.

Stu­dents aged from 20 to 66 years old, study­ing with Buck­ing­hamshire Adult Learn­ing, achieved some fan­tas­tic grades in the ex­ams, and did both them­selves and their tu­tors proud.

In all, 102 learn­ers stud­ied for GCSEs across the var­i­ous cen­tres in the county.

Im­pres­sively, 69% of these stu­dents achieved A*-C grades in English and 70% achieved A*-C grades in Maths – 9% higher than the na­tional av­er­age.

Our old­est learner achieved a B in Maths at Quar­ren­don while learn­ers at the Mill­brook Cen­tre in High Wycombe did ex­cep­tion­ally well, achiev­ing 3 A*s in Maths and an A* in English.

This is a huge achieve­ment for all of our learn­ers, some of whom have of­ten not had great ex­pe­ri­ences in the past. It should also be noted they stud­ied for the ex­ams while also work­ing and look­ing after fam­i­lies.

This is well-de­served suc­cess for the hard work of the stu­dents and all the staff in­volved. These are won­der­ful re­sults which prove that age is no bar­rier when it comes to learn­ing, and to com­pen­sate for what you may have missed out in your ear­lier ed­u­ca­tion. They also prove that GCSE suc­cess is not just for teenagers; ev­ery­one can en­joy great grades, what­ever their age or their cir­cum­stances.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the cour­ses, call 01296 398957 or 01494 778203 or visit www. adultlearn­ing­

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