An exciting career in Motorsport beckons for one Stephenson College student as his three-year spell at the college ended on a high upon picking up his GCSE results.
Nineteen-year-old Reece Pym has proven himself a model student during his time on campus, having initially joined the college on a Level 1 Motor Vehicle Repair course after admitting to have struggled at school.
Three years on Reece can proudly boast pass grades in GCSE Maths and English alongside a technical qualification in Motor Vehicle having progressed onto and completed both his Level 2 and Level 3 Motor Vehicle Repair courses.
Speaking of his desire to make something of himself upon enrolling onto his course three-years ago, Reece said: “I didn’t want to be one of those people who sat at home all day trying to escape from reality, I knew what I wanted to do and it’s been a case of sticking at it and working hard.
“I didn’t get the grades I wanted at school so I knew I had to work on them whilst I was here and I’m really pleased with how I’ve done, my goal is to work within Formula One, and to reach that goal I need to go to university so these grades were incredibly important to me.”
Starting with Functional Skills in his first year Reece progressed through the levels before being put forward to study and prepare for his GCSE Maths and English exams. After his hard-work Reece now has the tools he needs to start an exciting journey towards his dream job.
“I’ve progressed steadily over the last three years, the one thing I’ve truly noticed about studying here at Stephenson College has been the fact that I’ve been treated like an adult and shown respect.
“We’ve all been encouraged to work together as a team when it came to resitting our Maths and English GCSEs, we’ve pulled together, worked hard and persevered, it really has been a great journey and I couldn’t have done it without the help and support from everyone around me.”
Faculty head for both Motor Vehicle and Maths and English Mark Walker heaped praise upon Reece for his efforts over the years: “We first noticed Reece’s impressive journey when we had OFSTED in earlier this year, he really stood out as an example of a student that was progressing fantastically.
“He’s shown that despite not getting the grades he was hoping for the first time round, that it can be done with hard work, he’s really excelled. He leaves Stephenson College extremely employable and I wish him the best of luck going forward.”
Addressing Stephenson College’s overall GCSE performance in 2016/17 Principal and Chief Executive of Stephenson College Dr. Nigel Leigh OBE said: “This is the fourth consecutive year that Stephenson College has recorded a higher number of GCSE pass grades (A-C) than the previous year in both English and mathematics amongst our 16-19 year-old students. These results build upon the strengths of Stephenson College identified in our most recent OFSTED report, which graded our college as ‘good’.”