The sky’s the limit for Jim

The Manchester College student is set to take to the skies as a commercial pilot.

High-flying Jim Lloyd scored an amazing Grade 8 in his GCSE English, taking him one step closer to his dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

The 17-year-old, who has also completed the first year of a Level 3 Engineering course, gained the equivalent of an A* in his GCSE resit.

He now plans to begin a Level 3 Applied Science course at the College in September and then gain a physics degree, before completing his commercial pilot licence.

Jim said: “I’m over the moon with my result, it’s fantastic.

To be a pilot you need to have GCSEs in English, maths and science at Grade 4 and above, and English was the only one I was missing.

“I’ve always been fascinated by aviation and I’ve started to have lessons at City Airport, Barton, in a small four seater plan as part of my private pilot’s licence, but my dream is to fly a Boeing 737 800 for a UK airline.”

Jim has praised his tutors during his time at the College. He said: “The tutors have been extremely helpful. They’ve always been happy to answer messages or to help, even at the weekend. I would definitely recommend The Manchester College to others.”

Tutor Simon Rutledge said: “Jim is interested in becoming a commercial airline pilot – an endeavour he extremely passionate about. He has scored the highest GCSE English score the department has ever had and has a great work ethic and ability.”

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Jim Lloyd

GCSE English