Posted on: Sunday 15 August 2021
Students across Torfaen are celebrating after another set of great A Level and GCSE results, following another difficult year.
And it's not just schools celebrating - Torfaen Adult Community Learning also supports people to study for GCSEs, either as a step to further education, or to help in their career.
This year 100 per cent of adult learners in Torfaen got grades A* to D in GCSE English and 96 per cent achieved grades at B – D in GCSE maths.
Shirley Evens, 60, from Cwmbran, got an A in GCSE English.
She said: "I had never opened an exam result before, so I didn’t know what I was looking for until I spotted an ‘A’ in a box. I felt like I won the lottery!”
Shirley decided to study for a GCSE after enrolling on Essential Skills classes in maths and English with Torfaen Adult Community Learning. She is now planning to study for a GCSE in maths from September.
She said: "It's hard going back to learning as an adult, the feeling of nervousness is very real, but once you start you'll know you’re doing the right thing.
"It’s nothing like school and the tutors work alongside you, at your pace, which makes the real difference.”
Torfaen Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration Councillor Joanne Gauden said: “Throughout all of the challenges, our staff have never lost sight of our primary objective – to provide an outstanding education that prepares learners to be successful in all they do, both now and in the future.
"These results show it’s never too late to learn and improve your skills to get to where you want to be."
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