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GCSE students shine brightly at Barnet and Southgate

Barnet and Southgate’s 2018 results for GCSE English and maths between grades 9-4 (former grades A-C) were 8-11% higher than the average for other FE colleges taking the same exams.

Overjoyed Barnet and Southgate students picked up a great set of GCSE grades at the College’s Southgate and Wood Street campuses on GCSE results day.

The vast majority of GCSE science students achieved grades 4-9; a statistic even more impressive when taking into account that many of those students only recently arrived in the UK and don’t have English as their first language.

Dmytro Malevskyi (18; shown in top photo, left) from Enfield started at the College on an ESOL programme after moving to the UK from Ukraine. He scored the top mark – grade 9 (formerly an A*) - in physics, biology, and chemistry; a grade 5 in English, B in psychology and B in maths. He is now moving on to study physics, computer science and maths at A Level and hopes to study programming at Imperial College.

He said “I am really pleased with my results -  I DID want an A in psychology - but everything else is just fine”

Matteo Gessa, 18, (top photo, centre) from Finchley, came from Italy and joined the College 2 years ago to do an ESOL course. This year, in his GCSEs, he got grade 8 in physics and biology, a grade 5 in English and a C in psychology. He will be studying A Levels in physics, chemistry and biology at the College in September, and hopes to go on to study biochemical engineering at university.

Matteo said “I was really excited to receive my results, I was surprised and pleased by my grades, especially chemistry and physics”

Meni Levy (18; seen at the left of the photo below) from Hendon joined Barnet and Southgate after he found the school experience didn’t suit him.

GCSE students Meni and Matteo celebrate their great GCSE results at Barnet and Southgate college

“I really needed a change and I felt that College gave me a new learning experience that suited me. I found the teachers really friendly and supportive, and now I am really excited to start my A levels at the Wood Street Campus – I’m sure I will flourish there!”

He got excellent grades in chemistry, physics, biology, maths and psychology, and will be studying A levels in biology, chemistry and maths at the College next year as he would like to study medicine at university.

College Principal and CEO David Byrne said “we’re all immensely proud of our GCSE students at Barnet and Southgate College. The journey to getting these qualifications for many of these students has been longer than the conventional routes to GCSEs, and so hopefully for them their success will taste that much sweeter.

We wish them all the best of luck in their future educational paths – whether they stay to progress with the College on A Level or vocational courses, or go on to other institutions and employment.”

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