Impressive GCSE Results for the SMB Group!

The SMB Group has achieved above the national average for both English and Maths in the November 2020 GCSE results series.*

The SMB Group (Brooksby Melton College and Stephenson College) saw both English and Maths GCSE grades rise above the national average in November 2020.

The results, which were released in January 2021, saw 38% of GCSE English students and 42% of GCSE Maths students achieve a grade 4-9, placing them both above the national average - the latter by a fantastic 7%!*

Based over three campuses in Leicestershire, the college group offers English and maths qualifications to both full-time FE students who did not achieve a grade 4 or above at school, and mature learners who wish to take evening classes for professional and/or personal development.

Dawn Whitemore, Principal and Chief Executive of the SMB Group, said ‘Despite its challenges, 2020 was another fantastic year for student achievement here at the SMB Group. I am very proud of the resilience, ingenuity and commitment displayed by our fantastic GCSE students and lecturers, and it is wonderful to see that all of their hard work and effort has truly paid off.’

Debbie Fisk, Head of English and Maths at the SMB Group, added ‘I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by both our students and lecturers, particularly with the unprecedented impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, which has necessitated the development of new teaching strategies and learning methods. I cannot underestimate how well everyone has worked in order to achieve these fantastic results!’ 

 The SMB Group offers a wide range of courses across its three campuses; covering full-time and part-time Further Education, apprenticeships, Higher Education, short courses and distance learning. Currently, the Group has approximately 10,000 students based across Brooksby Campus, Melton Campus and Stephenson Campus, which are all located in Leicestershire.


*Data taken from the National Achievement Rate Tables: when reviewing the ‘Headline GCSE Pass Rates’ sheet from  2018 to 2019 education and training NART overall GCSE pass rate and achievement rate. This dataset was produced using the following filters: ‘Hybrid End Year’, filtering on the relevant ‘Institution type’, Age ‘16-18’ and either GCSE Type ‘GCSE English’ or ‘GCSE Maths’.