Clarisse James

GCSE English

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Top of the class for Clarisse

Talented student Clarisse James has secured a superb seven in her GCSE English, equivalent to an A grade, despite a difficult year.

Clarisse, who has dyslexia, has juggled caring responsibilities for family members while also working alongside studying an Access to HE in Social Science and resitting her English GCSE.

She said: “Studying at The Manchester College has been good. I've had a lot of difficult things happen to me during my time here and the teachers have been helpful and understanding. My tutor has made me interested in English again.

I’m going to take a year out, then I'm going to apply to university, maybe in London. I want to go the university as not many people in my family have gone.

She added:I would recommend the college because of the tutors and teachers, the fact that they understand life is not always rosy and they try to help you as much as possible.”

GCSE English tutor Nicky Smith said: “Clarisse started off the course working at Grade 3 but her responses in class made it clear she was an avid reader. She said she took up reading because her dyslexia had previously prevented her from engaging with English. 

“Clarisse has had a difficult year. However, she always stayed in touch and completed outstanding work, accessing recordings of missed lessons and using all of the lesson materials available. She is hard-working, determined to succeed and never wavers in her desire for success.”

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