TWO mature Bulwell mums were among a sea of students who picked up their GCSE results at New College Nottingham (ncn).
Helen Harriman (44 ), and Tracey Ward (34), both returned to education in a bid to change their careers and alter their lives.
Helen, who lost her partner suddenly four years ago and was then made redundant, took on the challenge to get the qualifications she needed to progress to the access to nursing course at ncn.
“Being older than the students in my class didn’t put me off at all,” said a delighted Helen, who achieved an A*, three As and a B. “Everybody has been very friendly and supportive. I fitted into the group straight away and I’ve made some great friends.”
Helen now has her sights set on a diagnostic radiotherapy course at the University of Derby, once she completes her access year.
“My 13-year-old son has been brilliant. He’s been very understanding when I‘ve had to study in the evenings, and since I started at the college he’s now decided that he too has an interest in the health sector – he’d like to become a doctor!
“I feel proud that I’ve been able to inspire him to think about his own career.”
Meanwhile fellow student Tracey is looking forward to joining Helen on the access to nursing course after getting the grades required.
“I am over the moon with my results,” said Tracey who was very pleased with three As, a B and a C in maths, English language, English literature, psychology and biology. “It’s such a relief to have achieved the grades I need.
“Retaking my GCSEs means I can support my children, who will be taking their own exams in the next few years.”
The college has expert advice and guidance staff available for anyone who has questions following their GCSE results and would like to discuss their options for further study.