GCSE success for determined Caitlin

September 2016

Proud UCB student Caitlin Painter has proved that a combination of hard work and the right support can make all the difference when it comes to exam success.

Three years ago, after failing to pass GCSE maths or English at school, Caitlin arrived at UCB to fulfil her dream of becoming a professional baker.

Her determination to also gain her core academic qualifications resulted in tests which revealed Caitlin needed extra support with English.

UCB offers students who haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths a chance to re-sit or take Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Its Academic Skills Centre offers extra support to students with specific learning needs.

The 19-year-old said: “Throughout school English was the thing I always struggled with. I found spelling and writing really hard and would often get words the wrong way round. When I got to UCB the support was fantastic and it made all the difference.”

Now Caitlin, aged 19 from Brierley Hill, has grades C in both maths and English and has just completed UCB’s Bakery Level 3 course. To top it off, she was this year’s recipient of the UCB Outstanding English Student Award.

She added: “I’m really proud. Not having maths and English was holding me back. Even trying to get a part-time job was difficult. Now I feel I can go out into the world and achieve something.”

Dr Gavin Cole, UCB’s Senior Curriculum Leader for English, said Caitlin’s attendance and attitude was always exemplary. He added: “I was especially proud to nominate Caitlin as our English Student of Year based on progress, attitude and achievement. She is an outstanding student, with whom it has been my pleasure and privilege to work.”