GCSE student celebrates results at Bradford College

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Bradford College Principal David Harwood said he was "proud" after the college recorded an overall GCSE pass rate of 94% for 16 to 18-year-old students and 97% for students aged 19 years or above.

Hundreds of students were at the David Hockney Building on Thursday morning to receive their GCSE results and share them with family, friends and teaching staff.

Among those celebrating was mum-of-three Sheerea Begum.

She scored the grades in maths and English that she needed to start a teaching degree at Bradford College University Centre in September.  

The 32-year-old said she decided to return to education to “make something of herself” and give her children, aged 2, 6 and 11, “something to look up to”.

There was a 'thumbs up' from Adil Hussain Shah who scored good grades despite not being able to write in his exams.

The 18-year-old dislocated his thumb in a jiu jitsu accident in the run-up to his exams. It meant he had to dictate his answers to a scribe in his maths, English and science papers.

But the teenager triumphed despite the adversity, passing all subjects with high grades. He plans now to progress on to studying A Levels at Bradford College Sixth Form next month.

“It is harder than it sounds, speaking your answers to someone else to write down, especially in maths,” said the teenager.

“I think I would have done better had I not had the hand injury but I just want to move on to A Levels now.”

Saigha Asghar has laid down the gauntlet to her children by scoring a high grade in her GCSE English.

The mum was fed up of her children teasing her for not having the qualification so she decided to have a go, aged 37.

She enrolled on an evening course at Bradford College, fitting in studying around caring for the family and her job as manager of Spinningtop Nursery in Bradford.

And having scored a 6, the equivalent of a borderline A/B under the old grading system, she couldn’t wait to tell her 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter her success.

“My kids had been ribbing me so I thought I would give it a go and show them,” said Saiqha.

“I have surprised myself. I was hoping for a 4 so a 6 is great.

“It was hard work, studying alongside a full-time job and busy home life but I am glad I did it.

“The challenge for them now is to do better than me when it is their turn.”