GCSE Results 2019: Spalding Nacro
Students from Nacro Spalding centre continue to make strides in their progress, with GCSE pass rates increasing for the third year in a row and eight of ten students securing a job, apprenticeship or place on a further education course.
Nacro students who have to re-sit their GCSE exams in English and maths receive tailored support from Nacro’s staff to enable them to take their important next step. Many students also take functional skills exams in maths and English at level 2, equivalent to a GCSE, with results for these expected to be published later in the year.
Students’ overall achievement rates for Maths and English GCSE re-sits continue to exceed national rates, while an increased number of adult learners have passed their GCSE exams this summer.
Around 3,000 students attend 16 Nacro Education and skills centres across the country, which offer a range of technical and vocational qualifications, ranging from vehicle mechanics, sport and leisure, hair and beauty, construction and hospitality and catering as well as maths and English and support for carers choices.
Students also benefit from a work placement linked to their programme. The centres also encourage those aged 14-16 to attend from their school to try out technical learning and to explore their career options.
Nacro, now England’s largest independent training provider of its type for 16 to 18 year olds, specialist provision, apprenticeships, and adult learning, was rated ‘good’ across the board by Ofsted, following an inspection during March 2019.
Nacro student, Tia, said: “I didn’t think I would be able to gain my GCSEs as I hadn’t attended school since I was 14 due to being bullied so badly and developing severe anxiety because of it.
"I found it hard to trust that people wouldn’t try to hurt me. Everything changed when I came to Nacro. Teachers were so supportive and kind, they really believed in me and encouraged me to aim high.
“I have now achieved a grade 5 in GCSE English and a grade 4 in GCSE maths, alongside a diploma in catering. I have also started a full time job in the catering and hospitality sector which has been my dream for so long. I never thought this would be possible but with Nacro, the sky really is the limit.”
Senior Tutor Zoe Whitmore added: “We are immensely proud of the progress our post 16 students have made and all their hard work in the lead up to their GCSE re-sit exams this summer. Nacro staff work tirelessly to equip our students with the skills and confidence they need to flourish and reach their full potential.
“We encourage all young people receiving their GCSE results this week to know that whether they have achieved the grades they hoped for or not, Nacro is here to help them explore their options and take their next steps towards a bright future."
To find out more, call the Nacro Spalding centre team on 01775 714 105, or visit www.nacro.org.uk/education/
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