Hilperton mum gets GCSEs at last
A single mum from Hilperton who has just achieved her GCSEs in maths and English is urging pupils to stay on at school until they achieve theirs.
Celia Patterson, 40, of Cornbrash Rise, gained a B in English and C in Maths after studying at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge, for a year.
She said: “Becoming a mum allowed me to re-evaluate my career options and gave me the opportunity to retrain.
“Having previously worked full time as a social worker in a women’s refuge, I decided to study for my GCSEs as I want to become a primary school teacher.
“My first GCSE maths result was Ungraded and since then I’ve always thought I just couldn’t do maths – but with the help of my tutor, Chris, I have finally proved that I can.”
Miss Patterson’s achieve- ment comes at a time where pupils who fail to achieve at least a grade C in English and maths GCSEs will now have to continue studying until they achieve them, up until the age of 18.
Miss Patterson added: “I would advise people to do it now and work towards a better future. You are not just competing with people in your school; you are competing with the world. If you don’t have qualifications, you have nowhere to go.
“I’m over the moon about my results, and I can now go on to an Access to Higher Education course which I will study for alongside Core Science GCSE at Wiltshire College, Trowbridge.”
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