Bethany Cousins - Suffolk New College

GCSEs – English (grade 9) – maths (grade 5)

Bethany left school with no qualifications at the age of 14, but she passed these GCSE with flying colours. She also the overall winner of a college writing competition this year.

On recieving her results Bethany said: “I dropped out of school at the age of 14 with no qualifications because it was quite a troubled time. I decided I wanted to pursue a better career and going back to college and studying GCSEs was the first step to starting a degree (hopefully next year).

“So I took maths and English GCSEs this year and passed them both.”

She continued: “I’m really happy as this is the first time I’ve ever had a qualification. I was apprehensive going back into education but the college has been 100pc supportive. My tutors made lessons fun and engaging. The way they explained things really helped me develop.

“I’d say to others like me who have been out of education for a while that it’s never too late to get a qualification.

Bethany wants to study on an access to higher education course – studying social sciences – with the long term aim of studying English or Law at university.