We love hearing about our students' success and here at Stockton Riverside College it's been a great week for that!

Our adult learners have been among those making the grade...


There were smiles all round as Norton mum Amy picked up that all-important grade 4 in her GCSE Maths this week.

Modest about her efforts, the 37-year-old said: “I really didn’t think I was going to get it.  It means a lot.”

Making a career change having previously worked in a veterinary surgery and now a teaching assistant, Amy explained the qualification is another milestone in her career change.

She is now going on to study a level 4 qualification in supporting teaching and learning.


The hard work has paid off for Stockton Riverside College student Afolashola.

The 41-year-old achieved an impressive grade 4 in her GCSE Maths and a mighty 6 in GCSE English today.

She said: “I chose to study at the college because I want to improve myself.”

Studying Functional Skills Level 2 last year, she said the move to GCSE has been a big step.  But it’s one that paid off for Afolashola who now hopes to continue her studies by moving on to an Access to Higher Education in Science at the college.


It’s third time lucky for Sheri, who said: “I have finally passed my GCSE Maths at the age of 32!”

Missing out on the all-important grade at school, and then again a year later, it felt like a big win for the for the Stockton mum, who received a grade 4.

Now planning to study Access to Higher Education in Health at Stockton Riverside College, she said: “I was so nervous about my result, I can’t believe I have done it.”

She puts her success down to the support of her college tutors.

She said: “They have supported me so much, it just goes to show, if I can do it, anyone can.”


It was working as an employability tutor turned teaching assistant that triggered Sarah into dusting off her own English skills.

Inspired by the students she works with the 47-year-old from Egglescliffe signed up to study a GCSE at Stockton Riverside College.

She said: “Working with 16-year-olds I thought it would be nice for me to do it at the same time. I learnt so much and it felt like we did it together.”

Sarah has achieved a grade 5 in her GCSE English. Her plan is now to complete the level 3 course in supporting teaching and learning, and eventually go on to qualify to move into teaching.

Amy Bootman Afolashola Oyeleke Sheri Blakemore Sarah Mazons
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