Student receives top GCSE results from the 14+ Apprenticeship Academy

Studying for GCSEs can be a stressful time, especially if you are facing other challenges too. This is often the case for our 14+ Apprenticeship Academy students, who come here to experience a more tailored and supportive environment; allowing them to thrive and be the best they can be.

Isabelle Walker is one of the many students who flourished at the academy. After years of suffering from unexplained seizures, mental health problems and being bullied at her previous school, she started to transform in her new environment. On GCSE results day, she walked away with her head held high and one of the best set of grades on record, for the academy.

The 16-year-old said: “I’m so shocked and happy with my results. College has done so much to support me and I’m grateful to everyone here. I definitely would not have achieved these grades at school.

“My confidence grew during my time here, which meant I was able to believe in myself, work hard and do well.”

Niki McKenna, Deputy Head of 14+ Apprenticeship Academy, said: “We’re so proud of Isabelle and the challenges she has overcome.

“It’s immensely rewarding to see students’ journeys to success come to fruition and see them go on to do things that they thought wouldn’t be possible when they first stepped through the door.”

Isabelle received six GCSEs ranging from levels 5-7 and plans to study A levels with the college.