Coventry College guarantees places for school leavers regardless of grades

“No matter what GCSE grades you walk out of school with, we will work with you to put you on a pathway to achieve your goals and aspirations”, said the Principal of Coventry College.

Coventry College facade

Pictured: Coventry College’s city centre campus.

Coventry’s leading further education provider is reassuring all school leavers that their place at college is secure for the 2020/21 academic year – regardless of the GCSE grades they receive.

Coventry College, which educates more than 8,000 students from its city centre and Henley campuses, made the pledge as thousands of teenagers prepare to receive GCSE grades on Thursday, that their school teachers have awarded them in an unprecedented UK-wide move.

The move comes after many A-level students protested over the use of an “unfair” algorithm in the calculation of students’ final grades, forcing the Government to abandon the algorithm.

Carol Thomas, the Principal of Coventry College, is urging school leavers not to panic and to contact the College directly to discuss their options.

She said: “My message to each school leaver is that no matter what GCSE grades you walk out of school with, we will work with you to put you on a pathway to achieve your goals and aspirations – a message that we have also relayed directly to secondary school teachers across the city.

“As a College we provide a variety of study levels, which means in the first half-term we can work closely with each student to identify any knowledge gaps before deciding on which level of study is right for them.

“This approach is very important for both the College and each student’s development, because inevitably, there will be an initial variation in the accuracy of grading from schools given the unprecedented nature of the situation and little external measure for the teachers to base their predictions on.

“Equally, there may be some students who decide to appeal the grade that they have been given, and we will be assisting these students and their respective school throughout the process to ensure they can progress.

“The coronavirus pandemic has presented many challenges to the education sector, but we are determined to overcome these together to help equip the next generation of workers with the skills they need to excel in their chosen careers.”

Students wishing to enrol on a course at Coventry College should visit coventrycollege.ac.uk/enrolment for more details about the process.