Molly ahead of the game

Published on: 04 Feb 2015

St Brendan's Student_Molly Cording_GCSE success

A STUDENT from Downend got a great start to the New Year with the news that she has gained a C grade in her maths GCSE.

Molly Cording was one of a number of students at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College who achieved the coveted grade a full six months before the scheduled end of the course.

In the past only students who could provide evidence that they were very close to the C grade boundary have had the option of entering the exam in November. However as part of a new initiative this academic year St Brendan’s made this option available to the entire GCSE cohort by financing it for them – and about a quarter were successful.

While a grade C or above in mathematics has always been important, there is an ever increasing emphasis on gaining the qualification before being able to move on either in academia or in the world of work.

Penri Thomas, curriculum manager for maths and computing at St Brendan’s, said: “The initiative was a reflection of St Brendan’s commitment to its students’ current and future needs by maximising the opportunities available for success. The successful students should be congratulated as after only two months of the new term they were able to achieve what had eluded them during their time at school.”

Their success means they have more time for their A-level studies. Molly is studying English Language, photography and textile design.

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